Local Coastal Program Amendments . . . as of April 2017
Project Overview: The Newport Beach Local Coastal Program sets policies and detailed rules for issuing Coastal Development Permits, which are the the main mechanism for ensuring compliance with the California Coastal Act. Effective January 30, 2017, finally (some 45 years after passage of the voter-enacted precursor to the Coastal Act) and for the first time, the City of Newport Beach obtained a fully certified Local Coastal Program authorizing it to process and issue such permits.
Why We Were Watching: The ink was barely dry on the LCP, when it was discovered that a raft of apparently staff-generated amendments was being rushed to approval with very little public awareness. SPON is very concerned both with the process and with the substance of the proposed amendments. In particular, City staff is seeking major changes to the Coastal Land Use Plan’s policy declaration regarding the City’s long-standing building height limitations, which would, among other things, exempt so-called “planned communities” from the considerations that apply to other properties.
- April 11, 2017: With little to no prior public awareness, action by the Council on the LCP amendments was scheduled for a public hearing as Item 18 on the April 11 agenda. As a result of reminders from the public that Council action was not legally allowed without a Planning Commission recommendation (as required by Table 21.50-1 in the newly certified Implementation Plan), the item was withdrawn.
- May 4, 2017: The amendments have been re-noticed for a hearing before the Planning Commission on May 4.
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- Explanation of Local Coastal Program on City’s website.
- Original Notice of Availability of review copies of amendment texts
- New Notice of Availability of review copies of amendment texts