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Important Upcoming Dates

(see Calendar for further details and additional listings)

August 26 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • Agenda here
    • Discussion of issues related to John Wayne Airport by Council-appointed citizens committee:
      • 1985 John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement, including history, present provisions, General Aviation Noise Ordinance, and noise monitoring.
      • Update on the Status of the John Wayne Airport General Aviation Improvement
        Program (GAIP), including creation of a sub-committee to meet privately and report back to the main committee about it.
    • This will be the second meeting of the group as reconstituted by the City Council with Resolution No. 2019-26

September 10 – 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 ordinances approving zoning changes and development agreement for Vivante Senior Living project
      • Initiate Proposition 218 process to increase water rates, with hearing possible on November 5
      • Zoning Code and LCP Amendment Initiation for hedge height on Lido Isle
      • Newport Pier restaurant lease agreement with Bluewater Grill
      • Annual Community Development Block Grant report
      • Resolution for Newport Shores to opt out of high density areas’ Saturday construction ban and signage requirement
      • Hearing on SPON appeal of 1113 Kings Road variance request (for replacement residence over height limit at several spots)

September 11-13 – California Coastal Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • The Coastal Commission will be meeting in Newport Beach
  • The Commission is expected to approve a permit for Phase 2A of the Big Canyon Park Restoration

September 12 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Marina Park (1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

  • Look for agenda here
    • Confirm objectives, review outreach program outline, review branding and messaging, and discuss schedule moving forward

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.

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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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