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Important Upcoming Dates

(see Calendar for further details and additional listings)

January 21 @ 8:00 pm – Library Lecture Hall Design Committee meeting
City Hall (100 Civic Center Drive – Crystal Cove Conference Room, Bay D, 2nd Floor)

  • Agenda & materials here
    • This committee is tasked with making recommendations regarding the construction of a 300-seat lecture hall to be constructed near Avocado Avenue in the Central Library parking lot.
    • They will be discussing interior design options with the architect.

January 23 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Study Session on Two New Housing Laws: AB 881 (Accessory Dwelling Units) and SB 330 (Housing Crisis Act of 2019)
    • 24 Harbor Island wall variance (PA2019-059)
    • Zoning and Local Coastal Program (Title 20 &21 of Municipal Code) amendments regarding Residential Design Standards (third floor massing and single family development in RM zones)

January 25 – Applications due for appointment to Housing Element Update Advisory Committee

January 25 @ 9:00 a.m. to noon – City Council Annual Planning/Goal Setting Session
Civic Center Community Room (adjacent to Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Early each year, the Council holds a “retreat,” usually on a Saturday morning, at which it discusses and tentatively selects its goals for the rest of the calendar year.
  • Agenda, when available, here
    • Topics have not been announced, but they are expected to include staff presenting the status and funding of major programs planned for the
      calendar year.

January 28 – 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
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
      • Topics to be announced
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Adoption of Ordinance No. 2020-1, amending speed limits on certain streets.
      • Introduction of Cottage Preservation Amendment ordinances (amending Title 20 & 21)
      • Introduction of Short Term Lodging Amendment Ordinance
      • Introduction of revised lobbyist registration ordinance
      • Appeal of office building/parking structure at 215 Riverside Dr. approved by Planning Commission on October 17 as Item 2 (PA2019-023)

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.

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By Check:
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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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