City voters this fall will decide the fate of a 250,000-square-foot office building in the first referendum on a development in the wake of November's Greenlight Initiative.
The measure, overwhelmingly approved by voters last fall, requires a citywide vote on developments that exceed the city's general plan by 100 residential units, 40,000 square feet or 100 peak-hour car trips.
The 10-story office building at Koll Center Newport off Jamboree Road and MacArthur Boulevard was approved by the City Council on Tuesday. The project triggers an election because of its size and traffic impact.
Dave Kiff, deputy city manager, said the proposal probably would be the only issue on the ballot for the election.