A Disney-funded group, Save Our Anaheim Resort, vowed to push to get an election date immediately, possibly by taking legal action. SOAR collected enough signatures to force the referendum to overturn the city's previous approval of residential zoning in the resort area.
“Any further delay beyond next week's meeting is not acceptable,” said Todd Ament, SOAR co-chairman.
Disney spokesman Bob Tucker declined to say what the company wanted to happen Tuesday but said the company wants an “agreement or election as soon as possible....
In addition to the referendum, SOAR is also collecting signatures for an initiative that would require voter approval of any housing complex within resort boundaries. To qualify for the February ballot, signatures must be submitted by Aug. 8 – before the next time the council will consider the matter.
“I personally feel the voters want to get on with it,” Mayor Curt Pringle said.
Tuesday's meeting was calmer than the previous meeting when more than 60 speakers gave testimony for about two and a half hours. Only about 14 speakers got up, mostly against the residential zoning plan.
Some were frustrated with the lack of a resolution on the issue that has dragged on for more than a year. “Make a decision one way or another. Get this back on track,” said resident Patrick Pepper.