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Newport Beach

November 15, 2000|Mathis Winkler, (949) 574-4232

The city is considering setting up a committee to recommend guidelines for the implementation of the Greenlight slow-growth measure. The committee would prepare a list of sections in the measure that could be open to interpretation by the City Council.

Measure S, which voters overwhelmingly approved Nov. 7, calls for a citywide vote on any development that allows an increase of more than 100 peak-hour car trips or is more than 40,000 square feet over the General Plan allowance.

Supporters of the initiative said such a committee would be appropriate. "Actually, the committee's job is pretty easy," said Allan Beek, who helped create the measure. "It's pretty clear what should be done."

Sections that could be open to interpretation by council members include a clause that would involve General Plan amendments from the previous 10 years. Council members could also decide whether to grant developers credit for reducing car trips caused by their project.

City Manager Homer Bludau cautioned that no decision had been made on how the process would work. "The formation of an ad hoc committee isn't set in stone," he said.

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