Measure N Information

November 2020 Ballot Measure N

On November 3, 2020, Hesperia will have Measure N on the ballot titled "Hesperia Sustaining Affordable Water Supply & Ensuring Responsible Growth Measure".  Measure N will take place at the same time as the General Election. The Measure was proposed by Hesperia Mayor Larry Bird with Council Members Bennington, Gregg and Holland voting to add it to the ballot to ask residents to weigh in on this land-use decision; Council Member Swanson dissented. The measure will ask residents to decide on amending zoning laws within the City. Please view the Notice of Election below for more information. The vote requirement for the measure to pass is a majority (50% + 1) of the votes cast.

Notice of Election Candidates with Measure N

Measure N Ballot Information

Measure N reads as follows:

To ensure a sustainable and affordable water supply, shall the measure: (1) reducing the number of new homes from eight to three per acre, (2) reducing the number of apartments and multifamily dwellings from 25 to eight units per acre, (3) maintaining current high standards for apartment sizes, with (1) through (3) becoming operative when State law allows; and (4) limiting extensions for residential tract/parcel maps to the State law minimum, be adopted?Yes
No

If Measure N is approved by the voters, it would mean:

1. Reducing the number of new homes from eight units per acre to three units per acre would;

  • Change the zoning on larger parcels of vacant land that are currently zoned R1 and R1-4500 at densities of up to 8 units per acre, which allow subdivisions into lot sizes which average 4,500 square feet, to a new zoning designation of R1-14520 which require a minimum net lot size of 14,520 square feet for each single family residential lot. In the areas of Hesperia where small lots are currently allowed, that would change.  Instead of allowing up to 8 homes per acre, the new maximum would be 3 homes per acre;
  • Change the Low Density Residential development standards within the Main Street & Freeway Corridor Specific Plan to require a minimum lot size of 14,520 square feet. In areas of Hesperia where zoning requires lot sizes to be ½ acre or larger, that will remain the same;
  • Change language in the Hesperia General Plan to recognize the above changes.
  • Because the State has taken away some local control for a period of time, this change cannot occur until January 1, 2025, or until State law allows.

2. Reducing the number of apartments and multifamily dwellings from 25 to eight units per acre would;

  • Change the allowable number of apartments or multi-family units from 25 to 8 units per acre.  This would be for all areas of Hesperia were multi-family zoning is allowed.  It would also change the allowable maximum densities in the R3 (15), the Medium Density Residential MDR (15), the High Density Residential HDR (20), and the Regional Commercial RC (25), to allow a maximum of 8 units per acre; and to limit the time period of projects to the minimum required limits.    
  • Change language in the Hesperia General Plan to recognize the above changes.
  • Because the State has taken away some local control for a period of time, this change cannot occur until January 1, 2025, or until State law allows.

3. Maintaining current high standards for apartment sizes would:

  • Require all apartments built in Hesperia maintain a high standard for livability and room.
  • Not allow changes to lower the current requirements for minimum apartment sizes which are: 
Minimum Floor Area Requirements for Multiple-family Units

Studio1 Bedroom2Bed/1Bath3 Bedroom4 Bedroom+
Market Rate Units675875107512751475

4. Limiting extensions for residential tracts/parcel maps to the State law minimum would;

  • Remove the additional 12 months allowed through the Subdivision Map Act and only approve maps for the mandatory 24-month period, and not allow for extensions of time.  A new map would need to be submitted and approved if the final map is not timely filed.
  • The city also allows three year approvals for site plans and conditional use permits for residential apartment projects.  This would modify the municipal code language to not allow extensions of time for these projects as well. A new application would need to be submitted after expiration.

2020 City Measure Background

An Initial Study/Negative Declaration was prepared and completed for the Ordinance on May 5, 2020, which is incorporated herein by this reference ("Negative Declaration"). The Negative Declaration analyzed the environmental impacts of the Ordinance pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and found no substantial evidence that this Ordinance would have a significant effect on the environment pursuant to CEQA. At a public hearing on June 11, 2020, the Planning Commission adopted and approved the Negative Declaration based upon its independent judgment and on the basis of the whole record before the Planning Commission, including, but not limited to, the Negative Declaration and all oral and written presentation made by members of the public and City staff.

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the City Council approved Resolution 2020-46, 2020-47, and 2020-48 which will place Measure N on the November 3, 2020 ballot that will submit to the voters of the City, an ordinance that would address the impacts  upon water, fire, and police service from the consistent construction of residential developments in the City. The ordinance has been proposed to sustain affordable water supply and ensure responsible growth. 

Impartial Analysis Land Use Measure by City Attorney

Resolution 2020-46

Resolution 2020-48

Argument Dates and Impartial Analysis

Arguments in favor of and in opposition to Measure and rebuttal arguments shall be permitted and accepted in accordance with Elections Code Sections 9282 and 9285(a). 

The deadline for submitting direct arguments to the City Clerk shall be July 20, 2020. The direct argument must not exceed 300 words in length and must be accompanied by the printed name(s) and signature(s) of the author(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers who is the author of the argument.

The deadline for rebuttal arguments to the City Clerk shall be July 30, 2020 and shall not exceed 250 words in length. The same conditions apply as submitting direct arguments outlined above.

Pursuant to Elections Code Section 9280, the City Clerk, upon adoption of this Resolution, will transmit a copy of the Measure to the City Attorney, and the City Attorney shall prepare an impartial analysis of Measure. The impartial analysis will show the effect of the measure on the existing law and operation of the measure by close of business on July 20, 2020.

Notice to Voters of Date after which No Arguments For or Against a City Measure may be Submitted to the City Clerk

Deadlines Related to Measure N

  • July 20, 2020
    • City Attorney’s impartial analysis to the City Clerk
    • Deadline for submitting direct arguments to the City Clerk
  • July 24, 2020
    • Deadline for submitting rebuttal arguments to the City Clerk
  • July 30, 2020
    • End of the 10 day public examination period for Arguments
  • August 3, 2020
    • End of the 10 day public examination period for Rebuttals


For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (760)947-1007 or email msayre@cityofhesperia.us.