SANTA MONICA—Residents of the city of Santa Monica voted to reject the passing of an anti-development initiative.

The Land Use Voter Empowerment initiative (LUVE), known as Measure LV failed to gain voter approval. The measure would make it harder for developers to construct buildings taller than 32 feet or two stories giving  residents the right to approve the buildings.

Over 56 percent of voters rejected Measure LV. This decision comes after residents opposed a building that would reach up to 148 feet high, decisions concerning construction will be decided by City Hall.

City Manager Rick Cole noted he was nervous if the measure  passed it would stop developers from building in Santa Monica, when the city needs more residential housing.

According to reports, residents were concerned City Hall would side with developers to create affordable housing which is needed in the region.