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Del Mar

December 18, 1985

An alternative ballot measure designed to blunt the effect of a citizen-initiated proposal to control major commercial development was rejected by the Del Mar City Council Monday night.

In a 3-2 vote, council members turned down Councilman Lew Hopkins' proposal to place an alternative measure on the April, 1986, ballot to counter one placed on the ballot by a residents' group seeking to curb two major commercial developments at 15th Street and Camino Del Mar.

The citizens' initiative calls for a citywide vote on all major commercial projects in the downtown area and provides for a moratorium on development of the property until a majority of city voters approve the plans. Hopkins' plan also called for a citywide vote on projects but allowed developers to build under present zoning restrictions if turned down by voters.

Councilwoman Ronnie Delaney proposed an alternative measure--scheduled for discussion at the Jan. 6 council session--that would restrict conversion to and construction of offices in the downtown area.

She said that offices caused more traffic and parking problems and harmed the shops and restaurants that now make up most of seaside city's downtown.

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