Supporters seek signatures for ballot measure on waterfront development heights 

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  • The Warriors’ planned waterfront arena could be subject to voter approval under a measure proposed for the June ballot.
Signature gathering will begin this weekend in the campaign for a ballot measure on waterfront development heights in The City, setting the stage for the next battle over the 7.5 miles fronting San Francisco Bay.

On Thursday, City Attorney Dennis Herrera signed off on the title and summary of the Waterfront Development Height Increases initiative, giving backers the green light to begin collecting signatures.

It would take 9,702 signatures by Feb. 3 to place the initiative on the June ballot, but supporters could alternatively seek inclusion in the November election.

Under the measure, any development on Port of San Francisco property would have to go before the voters if it exceeds existing height limits, which generally range from 40 to 105 feet.

Jon Golinger, who is working as the campaign director, said campaign headquarters will be at 15 Columbus Ave., the same location as the campaign that — in last November’s election — helped defeat the 8 Washington St. luxury condo development that spawned this broader effort.

The stakes are high. Proposed projects the measure would immediately impact are the Warriors arena project with a hotel and condos at Piers 30-32; the Pier 70 housing and retail development; and the Giants’ development of housing, retail and office space at Pier 48.

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