Maybe it should be time for the people of San Bernardino County to show some teeth at their city councils.
This is a potential county ballot measure I would like to see implemented.
The General Plan Reform Act
1. Mixed zoning changes do require the consent of surrounding property owners by buying permission by paying 1/10th the property value to the property owner of the said parcel to the left and right of the development. This helps to compensate for potential property value loss.
2. Zoning change elections cannot be done in a separate election, they must be done in a consolidated election such as November in the odd year, or primary or general in the even years.
3. General plans must be voted on by 55% of the voters of the city in an even year regularly scheduled election in November.
4. Cities or counties cannot spend more than half of one percent of their yearly budget to pay for general plan consultants if other departments and services were cut more than 3 percent in the last three years.
We should work together to filter this out and see if the idea could come to fruition.