Breaking News

At the January 28 City Council meeting, SPON submitted a resolution protesting the recent announcement that Newport Beach needs to plan to add 4,832 new housing units by 2029, and suggesting ways to deal with it.

439 Newport Beach residents, as well as 94 from neighboring cities, added their names and comments to it.  You may see the resolution in its final form here.

Thank you to all who signed and commented!

For the City’s take on this, see their new 2020 Housing Action Plan webpage.

Important Upcoming Dates

(see Calendar for further details and additional listings)

February 25 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • 4:30 pm: special City Council Closed Session
      • Regarding joining Costa Mesa lawsuit over housing Coronavirus patients at Fairview Developmental Center (public can speak before closed session only)
    • 5:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Presentation from the Banning Ranch Conservancy
      • Followed by a closed session to discuss response to Coastal Commission order to remove private encroachments on public beach at Peninsula Point
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Recognition of Karen Tringali and the Corona del Mar Residents Association
      • Appointments to new Housing Element Update Advisory Committee
      • Second reading and adoption of ordinances related to Lido Isle Hedge Heights, Short Term Lodging and local amendments to Fire Code for Urban-Wildland Interface
      • Approval of various contracts
      • Harbor Commission Goals and Objectives 2020

February 27 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Request for variance to increase size of Fashion Island monument signs at corner of Coast Highway and Newport Center Drive
    • Two map approvals to convert duplexes to condominiums
    • One Coastal Development Permit to replace duplex with single family residence
    • One Coastal Development Permit to demolish triplex with no current plans for replacement

March 5 @ 12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. SCAG Regional Council meeting
SCAG Main Office  (900 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1700, Los Angeles 90017)

  • Look for agenda here
    • The Southern California Association of Governments is the six-county body that has, per state law, assigned Newport Beach the task of updating its General Plan, by October 2021, to accommodate the potential construction of 4,832 new housing units by October 2029.
    • It is expected to make the allocations final at its March 5 meeting.
    • An appeal process will follow, most likely running through May 25.

March 5 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Newport Animal Hospital Expansion CUP at 21159 Newport Coast Dr. (PA2019-268)
    • Annual General Plan Progress Report
    • Note: A hearing on “Residential Design Standards Code and LCP Amendments” has been noticed for this meeting, but with a recommendation to remove it from the calendar pending results of the community meeting on March 9

Recent Events

SPON’s 2019 Annual Meeting (its 45th), held at the Environmental Nature Center on May 11, was a great success.  See PDF program.

  • An estimated 97 participants enjoyed our complimentary brunch.
  • Randall English, President of the Newport Bay Conservancy,  spoke about that organization’s history and future, in honor of their 50th anniversary.
  • Newport Beach City Council member Jeff Herdman updated attendees on the County’s General Aviation Improvement Program proposal for John Wayne Airport.
  • Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (AD 74) presented both SPON and the Newport Bay Conservancy with Certificates of Recognition for their length of service and many accomplishments over the years.

Contributions Always Welcome

We have much work to do, and contributions are always most welcome and helpful.

Please consider making your tax-deductible contribution now.

By Credit Card: 
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By Check:
Print and mail this Remit Form along with your check to SPON

Food for Thought . . .

Watch this space for articles and commentary on topics or issues that we are following.

Former Council Member and SPON Co-Founder Jean Watt asks tough questions about Team Newport’s agenda . . .

and about the appropriateness of the proposed Koll Center Residences project…

Planning Commissioner Erik Weigand takes issue with developer’s “pay to play” statement

 Our Pledge

As environmental and residential quality-of-life advocates, we continuously monitor proposed development projects, and their resulting traffic impact, as they make their way to the Planning Commission, City Council and California Coastal Commission.  We keep you informed of projects that will jeopardize the residential and environmental qualities that we fought so hard to maintain, whether within our own city limits or projects initiated by neighboring cities that will impact Newport Beach.

We stay connected to our inclusive and growing network of supporters, neighbors and friends, using a variety of communication tools to do so.  Attend our member meetings, visit our website and subscribe to our E-Newsletters. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter.  And visit our YouTube channel to view Planning Commission and other videos.

Get Involved

If you are already a SPON member or supporter, thank you!  If you are not familiar with SPON and its ongoing work spanning more than 40 years, we encourage you to learn more about us.  Take a look at our Achievements, what we are About, and what we Treasure by clicking on the tabs above. And then click on the Support page to find out how you can help us protect and preserve the residential and environmental qualities of Newport Beach.

And don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook, Follow Us on Twitter, and visit our YouTube channel.

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