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 the SPON resolution.  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.

In response to the housing requirement a General Plan Housing Element Update Advisory Committee has been appointed and is expected hold its first meeting on March 25.

Important Upcoming Dates

(see Calendar for further details and additional listings)

Note: In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), all City meetings, other than those of the City Council, have been cancelled through at least the end of March. See the City webpage for updates.

April 3 @ 4:00 pm – Special City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda available here
    • The City Council will be meeting to consider adopting an emergency ordinance prohibiting short-term lodging rentals for the duration of the coronavirus stay-at-home order.

strong>April 14 – 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)
      • Appeal of “Garden” office building/parking structure at 215 Riverside Dr. approved by Planning Commission on October 17 as Item 2 (PA2019-023)
      • Contract for consultant for Housing Element Update

Annual Meetings

SPON’s 2020 Annual Meeting (its 46th) has been postponed based on the latest COVID-19 requirements to shelter in place and maintain social distancing at all times.  We are working closely (and remotely) with the Environmental Nature Center which has again agreed to be our venue for this event.  We will announce a date when we can, and give you plenty of notice ahead of time.  Please monitor SPON’s website and social media channels for updates.

SPON’s 2019 Annual Meeting was a great success with nearly 100 participants joining us for our complimentary brunch and speakers program, which included Randall English (Newport Bay Conservancy), Newport Beach Council member Jeff Herdman and State Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (AD 74).

2019 Meeting Photos here for you to enjoy!

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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