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Fairview Park Preservation Alliance Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

A citizens’ initiative requiring certain changes in use at Fairview Park be subject to voter approval has qualified for the Nov. 8, 2016 according to the Dr. Richard Mehren, president of the Fairview Park Preservation Alliance (FPPA).

“We want to keep Fairview Park as a passive park, as natural open space to be preserved and restored for the public to enjoy. We’re on our way to see that happen.”

Mehren said he learned today that the Orange County Registrar of Voters certified 5001 valid signatures required to place it on the ballot in November.

“Our hard working team collected more than 7,000 signatures from registered Costa Mesa voters.”

FPPA member and current council candidate Jay Humphrey added, “Fairview Park offers a unique recreational opportunity and we’re elated this will be on the ballot for the voters to have a voice in what happens in the future at Fairview Park.”

Last fall, the City Attorney approved the title and description of the initiative and signature gathering by FPPA members began in December and concluded May 2.

If approved by a majority of Costa Mesa voters, the initiative would “prohibit certain changes” in land use at Fairview Park without voter approval.  The City would pay for an election to seek voter approval.

Changes requiring voter approval include: expansion or intensification of uses, new or expanded amenities, expansion of park hours and parking lots, grading, new foundations, permanent structures or lights, utility delivery systems and alterations using geotechnical or structural analysis.

Activities that would not require a vote are:  restoration, preservation, maintenance, public safety, expanding permanent structures and certain changes approved and completed before the initiative’s effective date.

Some projects authorized under the current Fairview Park Master Plan which would not be implemented without voter approver are a playground, platforms, retaining walls for vista overlook area, museum, paved parking lots, covered picnic area, bus turnaround, stairs, new restrooms and others.

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