We will continuously monitor proposed development projects and resulting traffic impacts which will inevitably come before the Planning Commission, City Council and California Coastal Commission. And we plan to 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 will stay connected with our inclusive and growing network of supporters, neighbors and friends. We will use a variety of communication tools to do so, including our website, email, Facebook, Twitter and member meetings. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter. And visit our YouTube channel to view Planning Commission videos.
Calls to Action
May 12 Banning Ranch Coastal Commission Hearing
9:00 am @ Newport Beach Civic Center
Come early to get a seat and show how much we care about our coastline and quality of life.
Here are a few immediate and important action items for you to consider:
- Like and share the newly released Banning Ranch video
- Read the current Coastal Commission Staff Report
- Watch Coastal Commission Hearing via live stream video if you are unable to attend
- Submit email comments to the California Coastal Commission staff
- Email questions or offers to volunteer or text/call (949) 478-1757
- Spread the Word using your personal networks
- Visit our Watch List for more on Banning Ranch development
May 21 SPON Annual Meeting & Brunch
9:30 am @ Environmental Nature Center
Attend and support efforts to preserve residential and environmental qualities in Newport Beach. RSVP here
Important Upcoming Dates
150 Newport Center
Site of Fashion Island Beacon Bay Car Wash
- May 2016: Draft EIR to be released
- July 2016: Planning Commission Hearing
- August 2016: City Council Hearing
Site of OC Art Museum in Newport Center
- May 2016: Draft EIR to be released
- August/September 2016: Planning Commission Hearing
- October 2016: City Council Hearing
The Residences at Newport Place
- June 9, 2016: Planning Commission Project Hearing
Topics covered in this newsletter include:
- Recent accomplishments
- New development projects that jeopardize the beauty and peace of our coastline
- New community outreach opportunities
- Important upcoming dates to save
Looking Back | Planning Forward
We at SPON thank you for your past support both in time and/or treasure to continue working to maintain the high quality of life we enjoy in Newport Beach. SPON‘s concerns and input are considered by city staff, council members, and committees and commissions because of your backing.
The resounding defeat of Measure Y sent a clear message that perhaps was not well heard. The business-as-usual attitude continues, and changes to the general plan continue full speed. “Planned Communities” that are supposed to be ten acres are put on one acre without concern; height limits which were raised from 35 to 50 feet are quietly allowed to go higher; spot zoning is casually used to defeat the intent of the general plan.
The City of Newport Beach is not unique in this trend of spot development. Our neighbors in Costa Mesa are seeing exceptions popping up like mushrooms and are responding by pushing for their own “Greenlight” initiative. A more distant neighbor, Hollywood, is seeing community reaction to massive development exceptions to their general plan.
The influence SPON has with commissions and elected officials is directly related to the strength of our membership. Elected officials and commissioners take note . . . and listen . . . when the meeting room is full of our supporters. We have seen that time and again this year in city and state government meetings: Newport Coast Entitlement Rights “error”, Newport Center Villas (site of Beacon Bay Car Wash), Back Bay Landing (adjacent to Bayside Village Mobile Home Park), West Newport-Mesa height zoning amendment, Banning Ranch development, and more.
The year 2016 is going to present challenges and opportunities for the quality of life in our community. SPON will be there to meet those challenges and to capitalize on the opportunities.
We hope that you will continue supporting SPON with your time, your treasure, and your continued willingness to participate when called on.
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.
Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public education organization working to protect and preserve the residential and environmental qualities of