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Important Upcoming Dates

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February 26 – 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
    • 5:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
      • Update on City water supply and delivery system
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Adoption of Flood Plain Management ordinance, ordinance amending Local Coastal Plan Implementation Plan and ordinance adopting zoning change to allow Harbor Pointe Senior Living
      • Introduction of residential street construction parking ordinance
      • Initiation of Zoning Code/ LCP Amendments Relating to Parking Regulations and Accessory Structures in Flood Hazard Areas
      • Approval of agreement with OCTA for taxi administration
      • Tentative Agreements with Newport Beach City Employees Association ( NBCEA) and Newport Beach Professional and Technical Employees Association ( NBPTEA)
      • Contract with Host Compliance for monitoring online advertising of short term rentals
      • Quarterly report on grants and donations
      • Six month extension of development agreement for Hoag Hospital growth
      • Revision to resolution creating General Plan Update Steering Committee, adding two new citizen members, bringing total to seven
      • Appointment to the Finance Committee
      • Appeal of Planning Commission’s denial of permit for tattoo studio in CdM

February 28 @ 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
    • Annual review of Newport Country Club (tennis club) Development Agreement
    • Comprehensive Sign Program for apartment complex at 1 Baywood Drive
    • Two condominium maps

March 6 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Friends Room  (Central Library, 1000 Avocado)

  • Look for agenda here
  • The second meeting of the General Plan Update Steering Committee is expected to focus on:
    • Developing Request for Proposals for a consultant for the “listen and learn” (public outreach) phase of the process, only.
    • Discuss merits of Council appointing larger citizens General Plan Advisory Committee before completion of “listen and learn.”

March 7 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • City staff’s Annual Status Report (Planning Activity PA2007-195) on the state of the City’s General Plan Update Implementation Program and its progress on the Housing Element goals.
    • Waiver of Council Policy L-6 for encroachments at 3100 Breakers Drive.


2018 Annual Meeting a great success!

Thank you to all who attended our 44th Annual Meeting on June 2, 2018, and to all who support SPON’s efforts to protect and preserve the environmental and residential qualities of Newport Beach with your time, energy and dollars.

The Environmental Nature Center was filled to near capacity by members, friends and supporters who enjoyed SPON’s traditional homemade brunch and, after the brief annual business, listened to a fascinating talk by Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks‘s consultant and Brea-based conservation activist Melanie Schlotterbeck on how transportation taxes have been used to preserve open space in Orange County, in particular their Green Vision Map, as well as comments from Tim Stoaks representing the Friends of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter.

If you have not yet joined or renewed your membership in SPON, please visit our Support page for credit card and check payment options.

We appreciate your support, and look forward to seeing you at our next event.  Our next Annual Meeting will be in 2019.


Spirit of Newport Beach Contest Winners Announced!

Many thanks to all those who submitted entries in SPON’s recently concluded Spirit of Newport Beach contest, which ran from March 22 through April 22, 2017, and challenged readers to capture the spirit of our lovely city in either a single still image or a phrase of five words or less. Per the contest rules, the winning entries, selected by an independent panel of judges, were announced on May 11.

Visit the contest page to see the winners!


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:
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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