A recent trend in Southern California cities has real estate developers concerned. Simply stated, cities are being restricted from issuing zoning changes which are crucial for new development projects. Cities like Malibu, Encinitas, and Newport Beach are just a few examples of cities that already have restrictions in place that prevent them from issuing the zoning changes for real estate development projects.
Commercial Real Estate development and the landowners took a serious "hit" when the voters in Malibu voted to curtail commercial development. Anyone who has been to or lives in the city of Malibu may agree that the city is "a unique oasis in the midst of urban and suburban sprawl and development." The supporters of Measure R contended it was necessary in order to preserve the city's charm and character. Residents last year approved Measure R; a city ordinance that would essenially curtail large scale commercial real estate development. The court did not agree.