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Cypress Zone Change Measure Placed on June 2012 Ballot

March 22, 2012

On June 5, 2012, the voters of Cypress, California will decide whether to rezone thirty-three acres of Public and Semi-Public (PS) zoned land to allow many uses that are currently allowed in the city’s Commercial General (CG) zone.

Measure L will amend the Cypress Business and Professional Center Specific Plan by creating a new 33.5 acre planning area within the existing specific plan area where most commercial uses permitted in the CG zone would be allowed.  The measure would change the zoning designation within the new planning area from Public and Semi-Public (PS-1A) to Planned Business Park (PBP-25A) and change the various General Plan Land Use Designations with the new planning area to “Specific Plan”.  The measure will also limit development in the new planning area to 875,556 square feet with a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 0.6:1.

In most cases, an amendment to the zoning for a specific property and to the city’s general plan would be heard by the Planning Commission and the City Council.  In Cypress, there are two significant differences.  The first difference is the Cypress City Council performs the tasks of a Planning Commission.  The second difference is that the voters of Cypress approved Measure D in November 1987.  According to Measure D, it’s purpose is to preserve existing and designated greenbelts and open spaces within the city.  To do that, the measure amended the Zoning chapter of the Cypress Municipal Code to require that any amendment of the PS zone of the Zoning Map and/or Zoning Code must be approved by a majority of the voters of the city.

The City Clerk for the City of Cypress has confirmed that, as of March 21, 2012, there have been no arguments submitted in opposition to the proposed measure.

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