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CA - Proposed ballot measure would require residents' approval for major development in Laguna Beach

After an effort to give Laguna Beach residents a strong say in the fate of development projects within the city was curbed by the coronavirus pandemic last spring, the grassroots group Laguna Residents First submitted a notice of intent on Wednesday for a proposed ballot initiative that would do just that.

After an effort to give Laguna Beach residents a strong say in the fate of development projects within the city was curbed by the coronavirus pandemic last spring, the grassroots group Laguna Residents First submitted a notice of intent on Wednesday for a proposed ballot initiative that would do just that.

The nonprofit advocacy group, concerned with preserving the environment and heritage of the coastal community, is calling on residents to defend the look and feel of the town by enabling voters to have their voices heard concerning approval of major development projects.

The organization previously filed a notice of intent with the city on March 6 of last year, but the pandemic prevented supporters from collecting the necessary signatures in person.

For the proposed ballot initiative to appear on the ballot for the November 2022 election, signatures equal to 10% or more of the city’s registered voters as of the last election will have to be collected. Laguna Residents First will be aiming to collect roughly 2,000 signatures, David Raber, a co-founder of the political action committee, said.


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