The Costa Mesa City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to amend its general plan for the Orange County Fairgrounds to further describe and clarify the land use the city will allow for the 150-acre property. Councilman Eric Bever was absent.
The city’s next step is to place the amendment on the June ballot in an effort to lock in the land use as a fair and exposition center and place its future in the hands of the voters.
The amendment clarifies the types of activities that can take place on the fairgrounds and expands the description of the land use, including providing a guideline on what can and cannot be done on the property. The amended general plan states that the fairgrounds should be used to hold the annual four-week summer fair, which attracts about a million visitors every year. It allows the usage of equestrian centers, agricultural and livestock activities, the weekly swap meet, concerts, live entertainment and emergency operational uses.