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Measure Limiting Home Sizes Approved

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Aired 4/19/09

An ordinance restricting the size of homes in six Solana Beach neighborhoods has been approved by voters. The unofficial final results show Proposition A or the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance, passed by 67 votes.

Ernie Cowan is with the North San Diego County Association of Realtors. The group opposed the ordinance. Cowan says the group has no plans to challenge the results or ask for a recount.

Cowan : You know -- win or lose, you kind of wish you got a clearer direction in a community and a 67 vote majority is not a mandate either way.  I think what you have now is a community that is deeply divided over an issue that is not really satisfying any majority.

Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner says the victory is huge despite the narrow margin.

Heebner : 67 votes, although it doesn't sound like a lot -- I think it is. There are some people who are -- who truly disagree with it -- but I think that there are some people who didn't really understand it and weren't really sure what they were voting on, then tended to vote no.

The ordinance is expected to go into effect later this month. The Solana Beach City Council will determine whether pending projects will be affected by the new ordinance. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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