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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Del Mar
Measure P - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


1,385 votes yes (58.9%)

965 votes no (41.1%)

100% of precincts reporting (6/6).

2,715 ballots counted.

City Charter Amendment
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Shall the measure amending the City Charter of the City of Del Mar (Sections 201 and 202), to establish greater local control regarding land use and zoning where consistent with the City's General Plan (Community Plan) and where provided by State law, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “Yes” vote means the Charter amendment is approved as proposed. 

NO vote means

A “No” vote means the Charter should not be amended as proposed and no changes will be made to the Charter.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City of Del Mar

City Attorney’s Impartial Analysis of Measure P

Measure P proposes a charter amendment (“Amendment”) to amend Section 201 of the Del Mar City Charter (“Charter”) and to add Section 202. If adopted, the Amendment allows the City to exercise maximum legal control over local land use decisions consistent with the City’s GeneralPlan (known in Del Mar as the “Community Plan”).

Section 201 of the Charter currently adopts State general law to govern most legal matters in Del Mar. The Amendment changes that section to provide for local control as to those matters described in a new Charter section, Section 202. Section 202 grants the City maximum local control over land use decisions. Adoption of the Amendment exempts the City from all State land use and zoning laws except those cases in which State preemption applies. Further, the Amendment allows maximum local flexibility for the City in meeting its state-mandated affordable housing requirements.

If adopted, the Amendment allows the City to adopt its own local ordinances regulating land use and zoning and the processes used by the City for granting land use entitlements. This abilityapplies to specific plans, zoning, subdivisions, the City’s local coastal program, housing andimplementation of the housing element, and other land use regulations. All actions taken by the City under the Amendment require consistency with the Community Plan.

The Del Mar City Council approved Measure P at its meeting of July 16, 2018 and requested that San Diego County place Measure P on the ballot at the November 6, 2018 general election.

A “Yes” vote means the Charter amendment is approved as proposed. A “No” vote means the Charter should not be amended as proposed and no changes will be made to the Charter. The Amendment becomes effective if a majority of those voting on it vote “Yes.”

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

The proposed Charter Amendment will give Del Mar maximum local control over land use and zoning practices for our city. Del Mar is a beautiful place to live and Del Marians know best how to implement our Community Plan and zoning to meet our local needs preserving what we love about our community. The State has, however, gradually been taking away local control through statewide legislation imposing “one size fits all” requirements on all cities. 


As a Charter City Del Mar is in a position to counter this trend. The proposed Charter Amendment expressly reserves to Del mar maximum local control over land use and zoning notwithstanding current and future general laws of the State. The ability of a Charter City to do this well established in the law. 


The Charter Amendment has express language to assure that Del Mar must act consistently with our voter adopted Community (General) Plan so that we know our future will still be guided by the Community Plan even as councils come and go.


If you believe, as we do, that Del Mar can do a better job than the State managing local zoning and land use matters, we urge you to support the Charter Amendment. It is not a silver bullet, and will not free us from State imposed land use and zoning requirements where State preemption applies, but it will improve our current status giving us the maximum local control allowed by law. 

— City of Del Mar

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

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Who supports or opposes this measure?

Yes on Measure P
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