Prior Years’ Calendars

The following is an archive of event listings posted to the calendars for 2015-2019.
If you are looking for the current month’s events, they can be found here.

2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

February 2015

February 10 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

  • 4:00pm: City Council Study Session
  • 7:00pm: City Council Regular Meeting
  • Agenda here (a single agenda covers both meetings)

February 11, 7:00pm @ Oasis Senior Center

  • City Workshop on Local Coastal Plan Proposal for Corona del Mar Residential Property Owners (Information here)

February 17 @ 7:00 pm (Contact Us to RSVP and for location)

  • SPON Monthly Directors Meeting
  • Presentation: Changing the Way We Elect City Council, Michael Glenn

February 18, 7:00pm @ Former City Council Chambers, 3300 Newport Blvd

  • City Workshop on Local Coastal Plan Proposal for West Newport/Balboa Peninsula & The Islands Residential Property Owners (Information here)

February 24 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

  • 4:00pm: City Council Study Session
  • 7:00pm: City Council Regular Meeting (Newport Center Development Entitlements Realignment and re-opening of shuttered Irvine Co. office buildings)
  • Agenda here (a single agenda covers both meetings)

February 25, 7:00pm @ Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive

  • City Workshop on Local Coastal Plan Proposal for Coastal Bluffs & Canyon Residential Property Owners (Information here)

March 2015

March 4, 7:00 pm @ Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive

  • City Workshop on Local Coastal Plan Proposal for Coastal Zone Commercial Property Owners (Information here)

March 5, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

March 10 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

  • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
  • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
  • Agenda here (a single agenda covers both meetings)

March 11-13, 9:00 am @ Chula Vista Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Street, Chula Vista, CA

March 17 @ 7:00 pm (Contact Us to RSVP and for location)

  • SPON Monthly Directors Meeting
  • Presentation: Ebb Tide Mobile Home Park Redevelopment – June Maier presenting

March 19, 6:00 pm @ Newport Beach Public Library, Friends Room

  • John Muir’s 100-Year Legacy, presented by Concordia University’s Center for Public Policy Details Here

March 19, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

March 24 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

  • 3:30 pm: City Council Study Session
  • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
  • Agenda here (a single agenda covers both meetings)

April 2015

April 9, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

April 14 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

April 15-17, 9:00 am @ San Rafael, CA

April 21 @ 7:00 pm SPON Monthly Directors Meeting

  • Presentation: Poseidon Desalination Project, Ray Heimstra (OC Coastkeeper)
  • Contact Us to RSVP and for location

April 22, 5:00 pm @ Sherman Library & Gardens

April 23, 6:00 pm @ Civic Center Community Room

April 23, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

April 28 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

May 2015

May 7, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

May 12 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

May 14, 5:30 pm, Orange County Water District Special Board Meeting

  • Agenda here
  • Poseidon Desalination Project (Huntington Beach Plant)

May 19 No SPON Directors Meeting this month. See May 30 for Annual Meeting information.

May 21, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Planning Commission Meeting – Agenda Here
  • Addition of 300,000 square feet of hotel entitlements to Newport Coast

May 26 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

May 30 @ 9:30 amSPON Annual Meeting
View Presentation, Press Clippings & Photos here

June 2015

June 4, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

June 9 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

June 10-12, 9:00 am @ Civic Center Council Chambers

June 16 @ 7:00 pm SPON Monthly Directors Meeting

  • Discussion Topics
    • Back Bay Landing
    • Affordable Housing
    • Banning Ranch Conservancy’s “Quality of Life Coalition”
  • Contact Us to RSVP and for location

June 18, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

June 23 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

July 2015

July 9, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

July 14 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

No SPON Monthly Directors Meeting in July

July 23, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

July 28 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

August 2015

August 6, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

August 11 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

August 18 @ 5:30 pm NB Women’s Democratic Club

August 18 @ 7:00 pm SPON Monthly Directors Meeting

August 20, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

August 25: No City Council Meeting scheduled.

September 2015

September 3, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

September 8 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

September 15 @ 7:00 pm SPON Monthly Directors Meeting

  • Presentation: TBD
  • Contact Us to RSVP and for location

September 17, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

September 22 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

October 2015

October 7, 9:00 am @ Long Beach City Hall

  • Coastal Commission Hearing – Banning Ranch
  • Plus several other Newport Beach Projects, including Lido House Hotel and more . . . [Scroll down to South Coast District (Orange County)]

October 8, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Planning Commission Meeting – Agenda Here
    • Study Session on Newport Center Villas (site of former Beacon Bay Car Wash)
    • Public Hearing on the City’s Local Coastal Plan (LCP)

October 13 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

October 20 @ 7:00 pm SPON Monthly Directors Meeting

  • Presentation: TBD
  • Contact Us to RSVP and for location

October 22, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

October 27 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

November 2015

November 5, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

November 10 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

November 17 @ 7:00 pm SPON Monthly Directors Meeting

  • Presentation: TBD
  • Contact Us to RSVP and for location

November 19, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

November 24 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

November 26 Happy Thanksgiving

  • We are thankful for all of you who support our mission of protecting and preserving the residential and environmental qualities of Newport Beach. We appreciate all that you do in support of this important work.

December 2015

December 1 @ 1:00 pm

December 3, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

December 5 @ 10:00 am

December 8 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

December 9-11 @ 9:00 am California Coastal Commission Meeting

December 15 @ 7:00 pm SPON Monthly Directors Meeting

  • Presentation: TBD
  • Contact Us to RSVP and for location

December 17, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

December 24, 2015 – January 1, 2016

JANUARY 2016

January 7, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

January 12 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

January 19 @ 7:00 pm SPON Monthly Directors Meeting

  • Presentation: TBD
  • Contact Us to RSVP and for location

January 21, 6:30 pm @ Civic Center Council Chambers

January 23 @ Marina Park Community Center

January 26 @ Civic Center Council Chambers

FEBRUARY 2016

February 4 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

February 9 City Council Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • City Manager’s Insiders Report (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
  • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
  • Agenda here (a single agenda covers both meetings)

February 18 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

February 19 @ 12:00 pm SPON Monthly Directors Meeting

  • Presentation: TBD
  • Contact Us to RSVP and for location

February 22 @ 6:00 pm Museum House Community Outreach

February 23 @ City Council Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • City Manager’s Insiders Report (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
  • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
  • Agenda here (a single agenda covers both meetings)

February 25 @ 5:30 pm Women in Newport Networking Forum

MARCH 2016

March 3 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • Agenda Here
  • A new Airport Area project, Residences at Newport Place, is expected to be introduced as the first of several development proposals for that area. Staff Report is here. It is also expected that a holistic review of all development projects planned for the Airport Area will be presented.

March 7 Closing of Museum House Public Comments (Notice of Preparation)

  • Write, phone or email:
    • City of Newport Beach, Community Development Department
    • 100 Civic Center Drive
    • Newport Beach, CA 92660
    • Email: gramirez@newportbeachca.gov
    • Phone: 949.644.3219

March 8 City Council Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
  • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
  • Agenda here (a single agenda covers both meetings)
  • City Manager’s Insiders Report (Preview of upcoming meeting)

March 17 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

March 18 @ 12:00 pm SPON Monthly Directors Meeting

  • Presentation: TBD
  • Contact Us to RSVP and for location

March 22 City Council Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
  • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
  • Agenda here (a single agenda covers both meetings)
  • City Manager’s Insiders Report (Preview of upcoming meeting)

APRIL 2016

April 7 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • Agenda Here
  • Museum House (26-Story Condominium Tower) Study Session

April 12 City Council Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • Pending: City Manager’s Insiders Report (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda here (a single agenda covers both meetings)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting

April 21 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

April 22 @ 12:00 pm SPON Monthly Directors Meeting

  • Presentation: TBD
  • Contact Us to RSVP and for location

April 26 City Council Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • City Manager’s Insiders Report (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda here (a single agenda covers both meetings)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Agenda Item II S S6: Newport Beach Sustainability Plan
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Agenda Item 14: Overview of Proposed General Plan Amendments in
        Newport Center

April 28 Zoning Administrator Meeting

  • 3:30 pm: Civic Center Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)
  • Agenda here
    • Agenda Item #6: Irvine Company Compliance: Newport Center Development Agreement

MAY 2016

CANCELLED: May 5 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

May 10 City Council Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • Pending: City Manager’s Insiders Report (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda here (available weekend before meeting; single agenda covers both meetings)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting

May 12 Coastal Commission Hearing (Banning Ranch Hearing)

CANCELLED: May 19 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

May 21 @ 9:30 am SPON Annual Meeting

May 24 City Council Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • Pending: City Manager’s Insiders Report (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda here (available weekend before meeting; single agenda covers both meetings)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting

June 2016

June 9 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

June 14 City Council Meeting

June 23 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
….150 Newport Center Project Review
….Lido House General Plan Amendments Review
….The Residences at Newport Place Resolution for Denial

June 24 SPON Board Meeting (details available by request)

June 27 @ 5:30 pm Public Comments Deadline

  • 150 Newport Center Project Draft EIR Comment period closes
    • Draft EIR available online here
    • Draft EIR also available at all Newport Beach Public Library Branches
      • Corona del Mar Branch: 420 Marigold Ave., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
      • Balboa Branch: 100 East Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660
      • Mariners Branch: 1300 Irvine Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660
      • Central Library: 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    • Comments can be emailed or delivered to Makana Nova, Associate Planner for City of Newport Beach:
      • By Email to MNova@NewportBeachCA.gov
      • By Mail or personal delivery to City of Newport Beach, 100 Civic Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

June 28 City Council Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • City Manager’s Insiders Report (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda here (available weekend before meeting; single agenda covers both meetings)
    • 5:00 pm: City Council Study Session
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting

July 2016

July 11 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

July 12 City Council Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • City Manager’s Insiders Report (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda here (available weekend before meeting; single agenda covers both meetings)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting

July 21 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • Agenda Here
    • First of two-part hearing on 150 Newport Center residential project
    • Appeal/reconsideration of private residential permit in Newport Heights
    • West Newport Mesa Streetscape Master Plan

July 22 SPON Board Meeting (details available by request)

July 25 @ 7:00 p.m. Mariner’s Mile Revitalization Community Workshop

July 26 City Council Meeting

  • Civic Center Council Chambers
  • City Manager’s Insiders Report (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda here (available weekend before meeting; single agenda covers both meetings)
    • CANCELLED: 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Appeal of Planning Commission rejection of Residences at Newport Place
      • Amendments to increase size of Lido House Hotel
      • Revised policies for oceanfront encroachments at Peninsula Point

July 28 @ 5:30 p.m. “Job Interview” for District 7 City Council Candidates

  • Newport Coast Community Center
  • Moderated by Council Member Keith Curry (District 7)
  • Details here

August 2016

CANCELLED: August 4 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting

August 9 City Council Meeting (only Council Meeting this month)
Civic Center Council Chambers

August 10 @ 5:30 pm Speak Up Newport Meeting
Civic Center Community Room

August 18 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda Here
    • Second part of two-part hearing on 150 Newport Center residential project, with possible recommendation to Council
    • Study Session on AutoNation proposal (Mariner’s Mile) (Project document here)
    • Study Session on Museum House residential tower project ← postponed to Sept 1

CANCELLED: August SPON Board Meeting
Next meeting is September 23 (details available on request)

September 2016

Election Forums: Vote Responsibly. Vote Informed.
September 10, September 14, September 15, September 22, September 28 & October 5
Information on Election Forums can be found here.

September 1 Planning Commission Meeting
4:30 p.m. ← Note early start time
Civic Center Council Chambers

September 7 Coastal Commission Hearing: Banning Ranch
9:00 a.m. (Exact time of Banning Ranch hearing uncertain)

Newport Beach Civic Center

  • Meeting information here
  • Hearing Procedures here
  • It’s official! The Coastal Commission will meet and vote on the Banning Ranch project right here in Newport Beach on September 7. Banning Ranch, Item 14d, is the final substantive item on the day’s agenda. Come early to get a seat and show how much we care about our coastline and quality of life. Read more . . .

September 8 Coastal Commission Hearing:
Newport Beach Local Coastal Program Implementation Plan
9:00 a.m. (Exact time of LCP hearing uncertain)
Newport Beach Civic Center

  • Agenda here
  • The Commission will consider certifying rules that would turn much of the coastal permitting (that is: determining whether development projects comply with the Coastal Act) over to the City. This is scheduled as Item 21c, the last on the day’s agenda.

September 13 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

September 22 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

September 23 @ Noon SPON Board of Directors Meeting
Details available on request

September 26 @ 6:00 pm Mariners’ Mile Master Plan
Marina Park

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Community Workshop #2

September 27 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

September 29 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
Civic Center, CdM Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Hoag Hospital Development Agreement annual compliance review

September 30 @ 5:30 p.m. Museum House EIR Comments due

October 2016

Election Forums: Vote Responsibly. Vote Informed.
October 5: Information here.

October 6 @ 6:30 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

October 11 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

October 20 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

October 21 @ 3:00 pm SPON Board of Directors Meeting
Details available on request

October 25 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

November 2016

November 3 @ 6:30 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

November 4 California Coastal Commission Hearing
Half Moon Bay

November 7 @ 6:00 pm SPECIAL Monday Night City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 6:00 pm: City Council “Regular” Meeting
      • Local Coastal Program Implementation Plan hearing – introduction of new code
      • AutoNation appeal – APPLICATION WITHDRAWN (no hearing)
      • Newport Coast Development Agreement extension – continued to Nov. 22
      • Updated Building and Fire Codes – first reading

November 8 Election Day — City Council Meeting CANCELLED
Vote Responsibly. Vote Informed.

November 10 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Bay E-1st Floor

November 17 @ 4:00 pm Airport Land Use Commission
John Wayne Airport Administration Building

November 17 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Sustainability Plan
    • Lido Marina Village parking
    • Santa Ana Cottages — Costa Mesa like high density residential across street from Santa Ana Country Club

November 18 @ 3:00 pm SPON Board of Directors Meeting
Details available on request

November 22 @ 7:00 pm City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (no afternoon study session)
      • Adoption of the Local Coastal Program Implementation Plan introduced on November 7th.
      • Adoption of new Building and Fire codes
      • Lido House Hotel expansion – LCP amendment
      • 191 Riverside Avenue (abandoned Post Office) — General Plan amendment, Land Use and Zoning changes with no project yet proposed
      • A 15 year extension of the expiring Irvine Company development agreement for Newport Coast – a very problematic item
      • Bayside Drive traffic improvements — roadway concept plans

November 29 @ 7:00 pm (?) SPECIAL City Council Meeting — Museum House
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting — pending)
  • Agenda available here
    • 7:00 pm: Special City Council Meeting

December 2016

December 7-9  California Coastal Commission Hearing 
Ventura

  • Agenda here
  • Certification of Newport Beach Local Coastal Program (December 7, Item 22a)
  • Banning Ranch oil well consolidation (December 9, Item 14b)

December 8 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

December 13 @ 5:00 pm  City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before  meeting)
    • 5:00 pm:  Business meeting with old Council
      • adoption of Museum House ordinances (as well as those for 191 Riverside and Lido House Hotel amendments)
      • Rejection of bids for CdM Library/Fire Station and Newport Heights alley reconstruction
    • 7:00 pm:  Installation of three newly elected Council members and selection of new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem

December 29 @ 5:30 pm  City Clerk’s Office
Nominal due date for Museum House referendum petitions (but Civic Center offices will be closed)

JANUARY 2017

January 4 @ 9:00 a.m. Banning Ranch appeal – CA Supreme Court
San Francisco

  • Oral arguments before state high court on appeal by Banning Ranch Conservancy
  • Case info here — will be webcast live

January 10 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

January 14 @ 9:00 a.m. City Council’s Annual Saturday Goal Setting Session
Marina Park

January 18 @ 6:00 p.m. Scoping Meeting – Koll Center Residences
Central Library – Friends Room

  • Unveiling of plans for a 3 tower, 260 unit, 150 foot high residential condominium infill project proposed for the current parking lots of an Airport Area business park
  • Public comment being sought on items to include in the required Environmental Impact Report
  • More information here

January 19 @ 6:00 pm FAA Webinar on NextGen Flight Paths
Internet-based (reservation required)

  • Public forum on new “NextGen” jet departure control system, expected to affect paths from John Wayne Airport in April or May
  • Chance to ask questions online
  • Details here

January 19 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Permit for cafe and poolside cocktail lounge at “Villas at Fashion Island” apartment complex
    • Uptown Newport – park fee credits (taken off calendar)
    • Mariners’ Mile Roadway Configuration (postponed to February)
    • Harbor Commission Presentation on importance of preserving harbor-related uses (postponed to February)

January 20 @ 3:00 pm SPON Board of Directors Meeting
Details available on request

January 24 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Village Inn use permit appeal
      • Lido House Hotel LCP amendment
      • Uptown Newport – tax-free bonds approval

January 26 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
Civic Center, CdM Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda here
    • Tentative parcel map for redevelopment of Tennis Club portion of Newport Beach Country Club (in Newport Center)
    • “Annual” compliance review – North Newport Center Development Agreement (for activity in calendar year 2015)

January 26 @ 6:00 pm Mariners’ Mile Public Workshop
Marina Park

  • Expecting announcement and discussion of “conclusions” from City’s consultant.
  • This will not be conducted as a special meeting of Planning Commission, although Commissioners may attend

FEBRUARY 2017

February 1 @ 6:00 pm FAA NextGen Flight Paths Public Workshop
OASIS Senior Center

  • Public discussion of new “NextGen” jet departure control system, expected to affect paths from John Wayne Airport in April or May
  • Details here

February 2 @ 5:00 pm Comments due on Koll Center Residences

  • Public comments are due on topics that need to be covered in the Environmental Impact Report for a proposed new project to be built over existing surface office parking lots along Von Karman, near the Airport, consisting of 260 residential condominium units in three, 150-foot high towers.
  • See City website for notice and project page.
  • The preliminary environmental documents, including the presentation from the January 18 Scoping Meeting are here.

February 8-10 @ 9:00 am California Coastal Commission
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Commission meeting in Newport Beach
  • Agenda available here
    • Adoption of revised findings for denial of Newport Banning Ranch proposal (2/9, Item 12a)
    • Permit for new Irvine Company restaurant and dock expansion at Balboa Marina West (former Reuben E. Lee riverboat restaurant location) (2/9, Item 10b)
    • An important matter involving the cottages at Crystal Cove State Park (2/9, Item 10e) has been postponed

February 9 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Community Room (adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • Agenda available here
    • Public Works presentation on widening of PCH through Mariners Mile
    • Permits for restaurants with alcohol service at Vue Newport (new mixed use project next to Crab Cooker)
    • Variance request on Ocean Blvd in CdM (Dawson residence on cliff above China Cove)

February 14 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 3:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Review of future public works projects in City’s “Facilities Financing Plan” — including City Manager’s proposals to postpone CdM Library/Fire Station replacement and construction of Westside Community Center
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Certification of petition for Museum House Referendum
      • Certification of petition for undergrounding utilities on West Balboa Island
      • 15th Street sidewalk improvement concepts (Newport Heights)
      • Continuing animal shelter lease
      • Prohibiting water-propelled vehicles (“jet packs”) in the harbor

February 23 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

February 24 @ 3:00 pm SPON Board of Directors Meeting
Details available on request

February 28 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Mooring transfer regulations
      • Harbor programs and projects
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Action on Museum House referendum petition (repeal approval or call election)
      • Adoption of new harbor building standards (dock construction, etc.)
      • Appeal of Planning Commission approval of a Costa Mesa style three-story condo residential redevelopment across from Santa Ana Country Club

MARCH 2017

March 2 @ 4:00 pm Finance Committee
City Hall – Crystal Cove Conference Room, Bay 2D

  • The City’s Finance Committee, which has influence over how money is saved and spent on the City’s plans and priorities, will be meeting on the Thursdays following the Tuesday Council meetings through June. See their workplan. The primary topic will be the upcoming budget.
  • Agendas available here (at least 3 days before meeting)

March 8 @ 9:00 am California Coastal Commission
Ventura, California (Board of Supervisors Chamber)

  • Agenda available here
    • Approval of jurisdiction and appeal map for Local Coastal Program (Item 21a)
    • Expansion of Lido House hotel plans by 4,745 sq.ft. (Items 20b, 20c and 23a)
    • Modifications to development at Crystal Cove State Park (Item 22b)

March 9 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

March 14 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Update on water quality related harbor projects
      • Update on commercial marina rates
      • Early look at CIP (Capital Improvement Program) budget
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Final reading of repeal of 2016 Museum Tower approvals
      • Introduction of revised harbor construction design standards
      • Introduction of revised newsrack standards for Corona del Mar
      • Acceptance of new Categorical Exclusion Order exempting certain residential construction from Coastal Development Permit requirements

March 23 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Allow residential development on two of four private lots used for commercial parking on Goldenrod Avenue by removing restrictive covenant
    • Amend site development review for Uptown Newport to allow moving and reducing up to 11,500 square feet of commercial uses

March 24 @ 3:00 pm SPON Board of Directors Meeting
Details available on request

March 27 @ 6:30 pm District 2 Town Hall
Jorgensen Room – Mariners Library

  • Details here
    • Newport Heights alley paving
    • 15th Street sidewalk
    • Traffic Safety and Policing
    • Mariners’ Mile

March 28 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 5:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • City Arts Commission annual update
      • Emergency Management/Tsunami Awareness Week
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Traffic signal rehabilitation hearing (Lido Village crosswalk)
      • City endorsement of issuance of tax-free bonds by Discovery Cube for its OceanQuest Project (formerly ExplorOcean)
      • Mooring regulations
      • Annual General Plan status report

March 30 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
Civic Center, CdM Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

APRIL 2017

April 3 @ 6:30 pm District 1 Town Hall
Marina Park

  • Details here
    • Update on Boardwalk Safety
    • Update on Peninsula Trolley
    • Update on Peninsula Crosswalk Study
    • 2017-18 City Budget Planning Process Underway

April 6 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

April 11 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • FEMA study and flood rate insurance map
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Uptown Newport park fee revisions
      • Clean-ups and revisions to the Newport Beach Local Coastal Progam and its Implementation Plan (now Title 21 of the Municipal Code), including:
        • Balboa Village parking overlay
        • Oceanfront encroachments
      • Coastal development permit “de minimis” waivers
      • Balboa Peninsula “trolley”
      • Commercial marina rates
      • Harbor development standard revisions (first reading)
      • Mooring regulations (second reading)
      • Central Avenue dock – contract award
      • Amended contracts for City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk

April 13 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
Civic Center, CdM Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

April 20 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

April 21 @ 3:00 pm SPON Board of Directors Meeting
Details available on request

April 25 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Presentation about OC water basin by OC Water District
      • City emergency management update
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Adoption of revised design standards for in-harbor construction (docks and such)
      • Big Canyon dry weather runoff agreement
      • Construction of pickleball courts in Bonita Canyon Sports Park
      • Changing names of two existing City parks
      • New Council policy encouraging prayer at public meetings
      • Revised contracts for City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney

April 27 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
Civic Center, CdM Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Annual compliance review – Pacific View Cemetery Development Agreement
    • “Annual” compliance review – Development Agreement for Tennis Club portion of Newport Beach Country Club (in Newport Center)
    • Two Coastal Development permits

MAY 2017

May 4 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Amendment to Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance
    • Local Coastal Program amendments (It is critical, under this item, to urge the Commission to preserve Newport’s Shoreline Height limits and establish that “planned community” parcels, in the broader Coastal Zone and elsewhere, are not exempt from the limits — an idea floated by City staff since 2010)

May 6 @ 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Mariners Mile Community Awareness Event
Cliff Drive Park

  • On Saturday May 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Coalition to Preserve Mariner’s Mile is holding a “Community Awareness Event” at Cliff Drive Park in the upper picnic area between Riverside and Redlands. A chance to become informed and win prizes!

May 9 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 5:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Harbor Capital Plan
      • Fiscal Year 2017-18 Capital Improvements Program budget
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Hearings on Community Development Block Grants: amendments to prior plans and adoption of 2016-17 Action Plan
      • Residential permit parking for Finley Tract (across Newport Blvd from Lido Village)
      • Bayside Drive roadway configuration concepts review

May 11 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
Civic Center, CdM Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

May 18 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting – CANCELLED
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • At this meeting, the Planning Commission had been expected to make a recommendation to Council about City staff’s Mariners Mile Revitalization Plan. However, the meeting has cancelled. Follow the preceding link for details…

May 19 @ 3:00 pm SPON Board of Directors Meeting

  • Details available on request

May 22 @ 1:30 pm Museum House Trial
Central Justice Center (Santa Ana), Courtroom C32

The Orange County Museum of Art has brought a suit against the City and its residents seeking to invalidate the Museum House referendum petition, and all the Council’s actions based on it, citing alleged technical violations in the petition’s form and content. On his afternoon docket, the judge in the case will be hearing an “anti-SLAPP” motion brought by the Line In The Sand PAC to dismiss OCMA’s filings as a meritless “strategic lawsuit against public participation.” Barring appeal, success in this would end the case and end all doubts about the validity of the Council’s repeal of the Museum House approvals. Public attendance is welcome and encouraged. Read more

May 23 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 3:00 pm: City Council joint meeting with Finance Committee
      • Review of proposed FY2017-18 budget
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Ocean Front boardwalk: Plans for Summer 2017
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Median turf replacement contract
      • FEMA flood map analysis contract amendment
      • Liquor license for Lighthouse Cafe at Marina Park
      • Approval of amendment to Airport Settlement Agreement
      • Extension of airport consulting contract (Tom Edwards)
      • Approval of Community Development Grants Action Plan for 2017-2018

May 25 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
Civic Center, CdM Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Four Coastal Development Permits
    • Massage services use permit – 1501 Westcliff
    • Previously expected annual compliance review for Hoag Hospital Development Agreement activity in calendar year 2016 appears to have been delayed

JUNE 2017

June 1 @ 3:00 pm Water Quality/Coastal Tidelands Committee Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda available here
    • Presentation on UCI Oceans Initiative
    • Adoption of Committee Goals for 2017
    • Report on Newport Bay Underwater Cleanup
    • Accept donation toward cost of Newport Bay Water Wheel

June 8 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

June 13 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting — pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 6:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Mayor’s Youth Council report
      • Sister Cities update
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Budget adoption and Business Improvement District renewals
      • Lighthouse Cafe (Marina Park) liquor license
      • Ordinance to streamline permitting of electric vehicle charging stations
      • Measure M eligibility: annual update of 7-year plan
      • Award of Newport Heights alley replacement contract
      • Award of contract for Mariners Fire Station garage replacement

June 24 @ 9:30 am SPON Annual Meeting
Environmental Nature Center
(1601 E 16th St, adjacent to Newport Harbor High School football parking lot)

  • Delicious pot-luck brunch provided by SPON members
  • Election of Board members and review of years activities (see back of flyer)
  • Presentation: The Spirit of Newport Beach — Past, Present and Future
  • Public welcome, but RVSP so we know how many are coming!

June 27 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting — pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Update on short term lodging permits
      • Update on expected changes to commercial waste collection agreements (reflecting new State requirements)
      • Update on Fourth of July plans
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Adopt ordinance for streamlined processing of electric vehicle charging station applications
      • Contracts for plan check and inspection services
      • Appointments to boards and commissions

JULY 2017

July 6 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Installation of new members and election of officers for 2017-18.
    • Modification to setback map for a portion of Lido Isle
    • Use permit for wine store in small shopping center on Bison

July 11 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

July 13 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
Civic Center, CdM Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

July 20 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

July 21 @ 3:00 pm SPON Board of Directors Meeting
Details available on request

July 25 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting — pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Annual report/presentation by Visit Newport Beach (aka “NB&Co”)
      • Police Department’s “Trauma Intervention Program” (presentation)
      • Discussion of City debt policy
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Initiate amendment to LCP/Planned Community text for Newport Coast
      • First reading of Accessory Dwelling Units ordinance
      • LCP amendment to allow Peninsula Point oceanfront encroachments
      • Peninsula Trolley update/adding handicapped program
      • New rental rates for commercial activities in harbor/tidelands
      • Bayside Drive improvements — award of consultant contract
      • Big Canyon Reservoir improvements — contract award

July 27 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
Civic Center, CdM Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

AUGUST 2017

August 3 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Cancelled

August 8 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting — pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 5:00 pm: Newport Beach Public Facilities Corporation annual meeting (separate agenda)
    • 5:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Report on Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (only meeting in August)
      • Adoption of Accessory Dwelling Units ordinance
      • Adoption of A-Frame ordinance for Lido Marina Village
      • New model contract for solid waste franchises
      • Contract for Big Canyon Reservoir improvements
      • Amended tract map for Ebb Tide project (replacing former mobile home park)
      • Contracts for Bayside Drive (design) and Irvine Avenue (paving) improvements
      • Approval of letter expressing City position on state immigration enforcement bill
      • City Arts Commission appointments (two vacancies)
      • Council Policy Manual update
      • Approve bidding for Balboa Island 9-inch seawall cap construction

August 10 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
Civic Center, CdM Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

August 10 City Arts Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda available here
    • 5:00 pm: Regular meeting
      • Review of cultural arts grants award program
    • 6:00 pm: Study session
      • Public review of entries for Phase III of Civic Center Sculpture exhibition

August 17 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

August 18 @ 3:00 pm SPON Board of Directors Meeting
Details available on request

August 22 : NO City Council meeting

  • Council on summer break

August 23 @ 6:00 pm City Arts Commission Public Forum
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Event description here
    • Public input and preliminary selection by panel of judges of nine sculptures for Phase III of Civic Center Park rotating exhibit

August 31 – Special City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda available here
    • 4:00 pm: Closed Session
      • Possible initiation of litigation
    • 5:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Reconsider gas tax decision

SEPTEMBER 2017

September 7 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

    • Cancelled!

September 9 @ 11 am to 3 pm – Green on the Green
Civic Center Community Room and lawn @ City Hall

  • Program here
  • Environmental expo jointly sponsored by City and Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Includes presentations on disaster preparedness

September 12 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting — pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 5:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Proclamations only, followed by closed session including discussion regarding expected litigation about calculation of fire and police overtime pay
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Hearing to adopt sewer rate increases
      • Purchase of 2807 Newport Blvd. as new location for Lido fire station
      • Community Development Block Grants annual report and evaluation
      • City landscape services contracts
      • Solid waste franchises
      • Contract for harbor sediment testing
      • Contract for additional design work on Big Canyon Reservoir improvements
      • Notices of completion for various projects including Big Canyon restoration, Semeniuk Slough dredging, slurry seal effort and library restrooms
      • Repackaging of previous Local Coastal Program amendment requests submitted to Coastal Commission

September 14 @ 4:00-6:00 pm Western Snowy Plover Critical Habitat Workshop
Marina Park Community Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd.

  • Open house to provide information and gather input on development of Western Snowy Plover Critical Habitat Management Plan
  • See City announcement and webpage

September 21 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Cancelled!

September 22 @ 3:00 pm SPON Board of Directors Meeting
Details available on request

September 26 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda available here
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • John Wayne Airport issues update
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Set new sewer rates & mooring specifications
      • Adopt new JWA resolution
      • Contract for playground refurbishment
      • Hearing on solid waste franchise contracts awards
      • Select art for Civic Center rotating sculpture exhibit
      • Rearrange Clerk’s Office personnel to handle Public Records Act requests

Wednesday, September 27 @ 5:30 pm SPON-LITS Information/Orientation Event
where: CP Restaurant, 2800 W Coast Hwy (Mariner’s Mile at Riverside Ave)

SPON, along with LITS (Line in the Sand PAC), will be giving a presentation on steps taken over the past 43 years to protect our views, limit our traffic, limit building heights, keep our bay & harbor clean, preserve and protect parks, open space, and more. Every time City officials allow developers to build as high as they want, we lose a little more light and quality of life. Greater heights and a wider highways mean greater density and more traffic. Learn about specific issues affecting the development of Newport Beach, and how this organization works in trying to monitor and keep the City Council from amending the General Plan to allow over-development.

SPON is not against development, but let’s keep growth within the guidelines and let the people of Newport Beach have a vote on large projects!

  • Four speakers after 5:30 meet & greet with Q&A to follow
  • $15 at the door for appetizers (at tables): filet mignon on stick, white fish tacos, steamed dumplings, California rolls, cucumber rolls.
  • If coming, kindly RSVP to Dorothy.Kraus@SPON-NewportBeach.org so she can let CP’s know how many to serve!

OCTOBER 2017

October 5 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda available here
    • Pacifica Christian High School (former West Newport Community Center): request for increased enrollment and off-site parking
    • AutoNation: request to legalize off-site parking arrangement at Newport Dunes (continued to October 19)
    • Initiate Zoning Code amendment to allow craft breweries on 39 industrially-zoned properties in West Newport Mesa

October 6 @ 1:00 pm AirFair Meeting
Newport Beach Tennis Club, 2601 Eastbluff Drive

October 10 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Debt policy
      • Aerial drones and how to regulate them
      • Peninsula crosswalks
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Balboa Island seawall contract award
      • Contracts for landscaping and Central Avenue plaza refurbishment

October 17 @ 6:30 pm SPON Board of Directors Meeting (note new day and time)
Details available on request

October 19 @ 6:30 pm Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Revisions to use permit for Lido Marina Village employee parking
    • Request to legalize AutoNation’s off-site parking arrangements at Newport Dunes (continued from October 5)

October 24 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting — pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Traffic signal modernization, including CdM bypass plans
      • Peninsula crosswalks study (continued from October 10)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Peninsula crosswalks approval
      • Sober Living by the Sea: annual compliance review
      • Ocean piers maintenance contract
      • Marina management contract
      • Purchase of BlueTOAD traffic monitoring system
      • Bonita Canyon signal synchronization grant (with City of Irvine)

October 30 @ 4:00 pm City Aviation Committee
Civic Center Community Room (adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • The City’s Aviation Committee will be meeting on this date.
  • Agenda here. Topics include:
    • Update on current issues (NextGen, Settlement Agreement, City Council’s September 26, 2017, aviation resolution). Specifically:
      • Updating the 2008 ARTS study
      • Additional noise studies (verifying accuracy of measurements)
      • Finding representation in Washington
    • Consideration of SFO-like “Fly Quiet” reward program
    • Improving communication
  • Despite much recent concern about aircraft noise and other airport issues, this will be the first time the committee has met in three months, and prior to that, in nearly a year.

October 30 @ 6:00 pm Public Forum – Koll Residences project
Friends Room, Newport Beach Central Library

  • Presentation to the public by the developer, Shopoff Group, about the proposed Koll Center Residences project in the Airport Area
  • This is being offered by the City as a substitute for the Planning Commission study session regarding the project and EIR, which had been announced in the EIR for October 19, and then cancelled without explanation.
  • SPON views this substitution with great concern and skepticism, as it has the appearance of a tax-payer funded, one-sided opportunity for the developer to promote their project, rather than the promised opportunity to hear objective, and possibly questioning, information useful for intelligently commenting on the EIR (see below, comments due November 3).
  • SPON encourages people to attend the October 30 presentation to request a proper, and more objective, Planning Commission study session before comments on the EIR are due, and to suggest no decision at all on the project be made until the people’s vision for the Airport Area has been firmed up in the General Plan.

November 2017

November 9 @ ~10 am – California Coastal Commission Meeting
Bodega Bay (Sonoma County)

  • Agenda here
    • Item Th11a on the Thursday morning agenda is acceptance of the “minor amendments” portion of the City’s Local Coastal Program Implementation Plan “clean up” (tentatively approved by the CCC Executive Director). See staff report and exhibit (reproducing the Council’s submission),
    • Two of the proposed “minor” amendments appear problematic:
      • #2 will add new development regulations, never before reviewed by the Coastal Commission, for a “Lido Villas” planned community (on the 1.2 acre leveled lot in Lido Village where the Christian Science Church and an office building formerly stood). Because this will allow development that would not otherwise have been allowed, this is, procedurally, simply not a “minor” amendment.
      • #12, although technically “minor,” will greatly reduce the visibility of coastal projects by allowing the Community Development Director, in the absence of public objection, to waive the requirement for public hearings on the many permit applications currently going to the Zoning Administrator. Only those receiving notice will likely know about these, and even they will likely not see the plans.
      • Note: after receiving written comments, Commission staff issued an addendum requesting additional time to re-evaluate whether these amendments qualify as “minor.”

November 9 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Minor Use Permits for chiropractic office on Irvine Avenue and gas station on Superior at Placentia [note: due to numerous concerns, further consideration of the application for a greatly expanded, alcohol-selling “Food Mart” on the gas station site was continued to a future meeting]
    • 2607 Ocean Blvd. variance and Coastal Development Permit [note; after hearing applicant and public testimony, the PC voted to continue discussion of this application to their December 7 meeting, at the earliest]

November 13 @ 5:00 pm – Comments due on Koll Residences EIR

  • A Draft Environmental Impact Report for Koll Center Residences project is being circulated for comment
  • Written public comments submitted by 5:00 p.m. on November 13 will receive a written response in the Final EIR (the deadline was originally, October 27, but extended 7 days, then 7 more).
  • The DEIR Notice of Availability originally announced an October 19 Planning Commission study session to inform the public and the Commission about this project. That study session has been cancelled, and will not be held until at least January 18, 2017, long after the opportunity to submit written comments on the DEIR has closed.

November 14 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda available here
    • 4:00 pm : City Council Study Session
      • General Plan Update presentation and discussion, including staff-proposed process, structure and timeline — see City News Splash and web page for details
      • Harbor Operations: update on recently implemented program of City taking over many former County Harbor Patrol functions
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • General Plan Update actions (see staff report). The staff recommendations are:
        • Initiate update, including preparation of requests for consultant services
        • Establish 3-member Steering Committee consisting of Council members O’Neill and Herdman and former Council member Nancy Gardner. The Steering Committee would act as an intermediary between Council, staff and (via Nancy Gardner) the GPAC. It also would appear to have the power to set the GPU timeline, review consultant proposals and screen GPAC applications.
        • Establish advisory committee (“GPAC” consisting of 4 Commissioners and up to 25 community members, chaired by Nancy Gardner) and initiate call for applications. The GPAC would review and make recommendations on information presented to it by consultants and staff under direction of the Steering Committee (as communicated to it by Nancy Gardner).
      • Increase in recycled water rates to reflect increased costs
      • Resolution supporting Governor’s Sacramento Delta Tunnels proposal
      • Selection of consultant to prepare Newport Crossings EIR
      • Annual report on use of developer fees

November 16 @ 6:00 pm – EIR Scoping Meeting for Newport Crossings project
OASIS Senior Center (Corona del Mar)

  • Public input will be sought on issues that need to be addressed in the Environmental Impact Report for this 350-unit high density residential project proposed for the Airport Area
  • Additional written comments may be submitted through November 30

November 18 @ 1:30-3:30 pm – SPON GPAC Organizational Meeting (note change of date!)

  • With few specifics of the City’s upcoming General Plan Update process yet certain, SPON anticipates the possible need for an independent citizens group to track, review and comment on the City’s proposals. SPON will be hosting an organizational meeting of interested individuals to discuss what happened at the Council’s November 14 meeting and plan for the future. Details available on request.

November 21 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board of Directors Meeting (note new day and time)
Details available on request

November 28 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • OC Drowning Prevention Task Force (presentation)
      • Automated water meter reading infrastructure (study item)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Community program grants
      • Court-ordered repeal of 2012 Banning Ranch development approvals
      • New harbor mooring specifications
      • Amendment to contract with consultant for Koll Center Residences EIR
      • Amendment to contract for park and facilities landscape services
      • Big Canyon Nature Park monitoring agreement
      • Agreement with Friends of NB Animal Shelter
      • Balboa Island water main replacement
      • Road repairs
      • Purchase of sewer-cleaning “Vactor” truck, two ambulances and police patrol vehicles
      • Lower Bay sediment testing contract

November 30 @ 5:00 — Comments due on scoping of Newport Crossings EIR

December 2017

December 2 @ 1:30 – 3:30 pm SPON GPAC group meeting
Santa Ana Heights Fire Station – Community/Training Room

  • This will be the second meeting of SPON’s independent General Plan Update Advisory Committee, building on the momentum and enthusiasm established at the first, very energetic and productive meeting held at the same location on November 18.
  • All welcome — details available on request.

December 7 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

December 11 @ 4:00 pm – City Aviation Committee
Civic Center Community Room (adjacent to City Council Chambers)

  • Agenda
    • Discussion of John Wayne Airport issues by City-appointed committee, mostly of residents.
    • Topics include possible implementation of a “Fly Quiet” program, encouraging airlines to reduce noise impacts.

December 12 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 6:00 pm: Closed Session
      • City lawsuit with FAA
    • 6:30 pm: Regular Session
      • Adopt ordinance repealing 2012 approvals of Newport Banning Ranch project (introduced on November 28)
    • 7:00 pm: Special Order of Business: Council Reorganization
      • Largely ceremonial meeting involving appointment and installation of new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem

December 13 @ 2:00 pm – Quarterly Noise Meeting
John Wayne Airport – Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. – 3160 Airway Avenue

  • State-required opportunity for public to meet with and question JWA noise officials.
  • There is no agenda for these meetings, which are normally limited to one hour. However, one can prepare by reviewing the various noise reports posted on the JWA website
  • Discussion at past meetings is summarized at the end of the state-required quarterly Noise Abatement Reports.

December 13-15 @ 9:00 am – California Coastal Commission meeting
Dana Point, CA

January 2018

January 9 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Appeal by charter boat company of Planning Commission’s October 19 approval of changes to the Lido Marina Village Parking Management Plan
      • A progress report on the General Plan Update was expected based on a tentative agenda, but will not be happening. It is not presently known when the Council will next discuss the GPU.

January 13 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm SPON GPAC group meeting
Santa Ana Heights Fire Station – Community/Training Room
(corner of Mesa and Acacia)

  • This third meeting of SPON’s independent General Plan Update Advisory Committee hopes to build on the momentum and enthusiasm established at the first two energetic and productive meetings held at this location on November 18 and December 2. Originally planned for January 6, the date was moved so participants could hear City staff’s take on the Update process at the January 9 City Council meeting. Since the latter will not be happening (see above), we hope to use the January 13 SPON GPAC meeting to formulate a message to take to the Council.
  • Click here to RSVP – all are welcome, but these are popular events and we need to know your plans so we don’t exceed room capacity!

January 16 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

January 18 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Study session on Koll Center Residences project — continued.
    • Hearing on use permit for expansion of 76 Service Station, 1461 Superior, plus adding beer and wine sales (continued from November 9)
    • Approval of renovation plans for Balboa Theater (includes request for heights over limits in Coastal Plan) — taken “off calendar”
    • Relaxation of code-required building setbacks at 358 Dahlia Place — continued to February 8
    • Restaurant alcohol license, 2200 West Ocean Front

January 23 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
      • Future of Peninsula Trolley program
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
        • Extension of contract for Harbor Pointe Senior Living EIR
        • Appeal by charter boat company of Planning Commission’s October 19 approval of changes to the Lido Marina Village Parking Management Plan (continued from January 9)

January 26 @ 3:00 – 5:00 pm Friday Aviation Forum
City Council Chambers

This is part of a monthly series of meetings to discuss John Wayne Airport issues in an informal setting. The January 26 session is expected to include:

  • Remarks from Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel (didn’t show — sent a field rep who said nothing)
  • “Noise 101” presentation from the JWA Access and Noise Office — detailing how aircraft noise is monitored and reported

January 29 @ 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. City Council Annual Planning/Goal Setting Session
Marina Park

    • The Council typically holds a special Saturday morning “retreat” at which it discusses and tentatively selects its goals for the calendar year. This year it will held on a Monday evening.
    • Agenda, when published, available here (often day before special meeting)
    • Expected topics include:

February 2018

February 8 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting – CANCELED
Civic Center Council Chambers

Despite having received numerous messages of interest regarding “mansionization” issues citywide, City staff announced (just a few hours before it was scheduled to begin) that the Planning Commission meeting was being canceled. No reason was given.

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Discussion of Cliff Haven development standards, including what to do about “mansionization”
    • Taco Bell Cantina (to be continued to February 22)
    • 358 Dahlia Place setback determination (to be taken off calendar)

February 9 @ 3:00 – 5:00 pm Friday Aviation Forum
City Council Chambers

This is part of a monthly series of meetings to discuss John Wayne Airport issues in an informal setting.

  • Presentation by JWA Access and Noise Office on 1985 Settlement Agreement and other regulations they enforce.

February 12 @ 4:00 pm – City Aviation Committee
Civic Center Community Room
(adjacent to City Council Chambers)

February 13 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (preview of upcoming meeting, appears after agenda is posted)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • John Wayne Airport issues (continued from Jan. 29 Planning Session)
      • Improvements to Council Chambers audio visual equipment
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Update Harbor policies
      • Approve Harbor Commission objectives for 2018
      • Adopt “strategies” from Jan. 29 Planning Session
      • Subpoena evidence and witnesses regarding Peotter recall petition
      • Approve tract map for Lido Villas condominium project
      • Approve remodel of police headquarters
      • Authorize Measure M2 grant applications
      • Fuel dock marina rate adjustment
      • Verizon Wireless telecom Master Lease Agreement

February 22 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting – CANCELED
Civic Center Council Chambers

Like the February 8 Planning Commission meeting, a notice of cancellation was posted hours before its scheduled start. So this meeting never happened.  No reason was given.

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Taco Bell Cantina — late night liquor license (to be continued)
    • 358 Dahlia — request for reduced setbacks (to be taken off calendar)
    • 16 Bay Island — Coastal Development and discretionary height increase to 33′ (maximum allowed for single family residence) per Bay Island Use Permit
    • (other noticed items taken off calendar)

February 20 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

February 24 SPON GPAC meeting

  • This will be the fourth in a series of monthly independent workshops preparing residents to participate in the forthcoming General Plan Update and urging the City to heed our grassroots input. All are welcome, but due to limited seating those interested in participating need to RVSP for time and location.
  • The main segment of the February 24 meeting will focus on the promises made in the existing General Plan and the extent to which they have been met, or not, with emphasis on City staff’s assessment of that as seen in their Annual Status Report to the state.
  • This month’s SPON GPAC agenda is here and for reference, here is a link to City staff’s 2016 Annual Report (as presented to the Council on March 28, 2017). It includes a copy of the Implementation Program followed by the status of each task. A new report for calendar year 2017 will be presented to the Planning Commission on March 8, and to the City Council on March 27.

February 26 @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm Community Development 2018 Update
Civic Center Community Room
(next to City Council Chambers)

  • A meet and greet with planning staff regarding private development projects they will be working on in 2018. This is the first time the department has held such an event.
  • There will apparently be a brief presentation at 6:00 p.m., followed by a chance to mingle.

February 27 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda available here
  • Nine Coastal Development Permit applications, all for residences built to the 29 foot height limit
  • Application for tattoo parlor on Old Newport Blvd

February 27 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (preview of upcoming meeting, posted weekend before meeting)
  • City Manager’s Newsletter (reports on recent department activities, published Friday before meeting)
  • Agenda available here
    • 5:30 pm: Closed Session
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Award contract for CdM “Fibrary” (Fire Station/Library replacement)
      • Award contract for Newport Elementary playing field rehab project
      • Approve two new solid waste haulers
      • Approve contract with City Firefighters Association
      • Approve contract for dredging lobbyist
      • Approve contract for hearing officer
      • Approve agreement for emergency diversion of recycled water into Upper Bay’s San Diego Creek

March 2018

March 7 @ 9:00 am – California Coastal Commission — Ocean Blvd item POSTPONED
Oxnard Harbor District offices, Port Hueneme CA

  • Update: the Ocean Blvd item has been postponed per the CCC agenda as amended on March 6 (it is expected to be re-noticed and heard at a later meeting)
  • March 7 agenda here (includes button to view by live stream).
  • On that agenda (now postponed)Item 11a was to be a procedural hearing to accept for future hearing, or deny, the appeal of the City’s approval of the permit for the development in China Cove at 2607 Ocean Blvd.
  • The only issues under consideration at the procedural hearing were to have been whether there is reason to doubt the City’s approval was consistent with its certified Local Coastal Program, and if so, if there is reason to believe the lack of compliance had detrimental effects.
  • The staff report (with exhibits) recommended a finding of “substantial issue.” That is, accepting the appeal for a future hearing.

March 8 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Annual General Plan status report (see SPON General Plan Update page for explanation — last year’s report is here)
    • Atria Senior Living — redevelopment of existing senior convalescent and congregate care facility near Hoag Hospital.
    • Taco Bell Cantina — late night liquor license (continued from earlier meetings and being continued to March 22)
    • Craft Brewery Ordinance — add new use to Zoning Code that would allow alcoholic beverage manufacturing, with tasting rooms, in the Industrial Zoning District of West Newport Mesa (being continued to March 22)

March 9 @ 3:00 – 5:00 pm Friday Aviation Forum
City Council Chambers

This is part of a monthly series of meetings to discuss John Wayne Airport issues in an informal setting.

  • JWA staff will be providing a presentation explaining the “Access Plan” under which interested commercial carriers are assigned slots consistent with the Settlement Agreement

March 13 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (preview of upcoming meeting, posted weekend before meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 5:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Early look at Capital Improvement Program of FY2018-2019
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
        • Award contract for Port Master Plan lobbyist
        • Award contract to evaluate impact of sea level rise on City tidelands
        • Storm drain repair and animal shelter veterinarian contracts
        • Franchises for trash haulers
        • Resolutions identifying road and transportation improvement projects eligible for grant funding
        • Acceptance of grant for harbor oil spill equipment
        • New Council policy prohibiting tax measure advocacy
        • New furniture for remodeled police headquarters

March 14 @ 2:00 pm – Quarterly Noise Meeting
John Wayne Airport – Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. – 3160 Airway Avenue

  • State-required opportunity for public to meet with and question JWA noise officials.
  • These meetings are normally limited to one hour. One can prepare by reviewing the various noise reports posted on the JWA website
  • Discussion at past meetings is summarized at the end of the state-required quarterly Noise Abatement Reports.

March 14 @ 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Newport Heights Neighborhood School Traffic Meeting
Jorgensen Room – Mariners Branch Library

  • Meeting to discuss traffic study results

March 22 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Tattoo Studio at 365 Old Newport Blvd (continued)
    • Taco Bell Cantina (2121 W, Balboa Blvd) — late night liquor license (continued from earlier meetings)
    • Craft Brewery Ordinance — add new use to Zoning Code that would allow alcoholic beverage manufacturing, with tasting rooms, in the Industrial Zoning District of West Newport Mesa (continued from March 22)

March 20 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting (Details available on request)

March 26 @ 6:00 pm Community Meeting
Civic Center Community Room
(adjacent to City Council Chambers)

  • Finley Tract parking

March 27 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting, pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 5:30 pm: City Council Closed Session
      • Labor contract negotiations
      • Consider initiation of undisclosed litigation
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
        • Presentation by District Attorney Tony Rackaukas on human trafficking
        • Contracts for Peninsula crosswalk striping, Peninsula Park and Bayview Park improvements
        • Amendments to 2015 Urban Water Management Plan
        • Introduce franchise ordinance for additional waste hauler
        • Item 11: Annual General Plan status report (see SPON General Plan Update page for explanation)
        • Item 12: Port Master Plan — contracts for lobbyists

March 31 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm: SPON GPAC meeting.

  • All are welcome, but due to limited seating, those interested in participating should RSVP here for location.
  • The main segment of the March 31 meeting will focus on the importance of cities having “open data” — and the difficulty of making it engaging to the public — with a fascinating guest speaker — Chris Carter, GIS mangager from the City of Anaheim.

April 2018

April 3 @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee
Marina Park (Parking Code: 170434)

April 5 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Agape Art Collective (proposal for tattoo parlor, 365 Old Newport Boulevard)
    • Enterprise Rent-A-Car Expansion (4340 Campus Dr)
    • Initiation of omnibus amendment for cleanup of Zoning Code and related LCP provisions

April 10 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting, pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Various presentations
      • Closed session on “Sanctuary State” litigation and other matters
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Approve additional waste hauler franchise
      • Adoption of Urban Water Management Plan amendments
      • Authorize Peninsula Trolley contract for 2018 and grant request to OCTA
      • Contracts for traffic signal rehabilitation and sidewalk grinding
      • Amendment to City Manager’s contract regarding a “transition period” ending August 31
      • Resolution opposing “Sanctuary State”

April 10 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting, pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Various presentations
      • Closed session on “Sanctuary State” litigation and other matters
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Approve additional waste hauler franchise
      • Adoption of Urban Water Management Plan amendments
      • Authorize Peninsula Trolley contract for 2018 and grant request to OCTA
      • Contracts for traffic signal rehabilitation and sidewalk grinding
      • Amendment to City Manager’s contract regarding a “transition period” ending August 31
      • Resolution opposing “Sanctuary State”

April 11-13 California Coastal Commission meeting
Redondo Beach Public Library

  • Item 6c on the April 11 agenda will be the Executive Director’s routine monthly Legislative Report. As it did last month, the report is expected to make mention, in passing, of the City’s pending Port Master Plan legislation, which proposes to amend the Coastal Act to have the City treated as a commercial seaport. See the latter page for directions on providing comments to the Coastal Commission about the City’s proposal.
    • Note:  Item 6c was “trailed” from April 11 to Thursday, April 12, at which time, after hearing the staff report (which contained a three-page analysis) and public comment, the Coastal Commission voted 9:3 to take a position opposing AB-1196.
  • The City expected the following two SPON Watch List items to be heard at the April CCC meeting, but they are not on the agenda. It appears they will be heard, instead, at some future meeting
    • Appeal of 2607 Ocean Blvd development permit
    • Jurisdictional boundary change request to take certain state tidelands areas out of the “original jurisdiction” of the Coastal Commission and give the City permitting authority (part of City’s requested Local Coastal Program Amendments)

April 14 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm: SPON GPAC workshop

  • All are welcome to this public workshop, but due to limited seating those interested in participating should RSVP here for location.
  • Pete Peterson, Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. and Jennifer Lilley, an urban and regional planner, will be providing insights on how to better engage government officials to effectuate change.

April 17 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting (Details available on request)

April 24 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 3:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Ideas for Minimizing Construction-Related Parking Impacts in Neighborhoods
      • Followed by a closed session discussion (likely illegal) of the City Manager recruitment process
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Contracts for slurry seal program, sidewalk grinding and miscellaneous trash collection
      • Contract for West Coast Highway median project
      • Contract with a City Manager recruitment firm
      • Future of contract for promoting Port Master Plan
      • Appointment to Water Quality Committee

April 26 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda available here
  • Annual review of the Irvine Company’s North Newport Center Development Agreement
    • Last year’s report is here
  • Sign Program modifications for Fashion Island Hotel
  • Beer and wine license, Pandor Bakery (Westcliff Plaza)
  • Wine tasting store (Shipyard Way)
  • Five Coastal Development Permit applications, likely all for residences built to the 29 foot height limit

May 2018

May 3 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting – CANCELLED

May 4 @ 3:15 – Friday Aviation Forum
City Council Chambers

One of an occasional series of meetings to discuss John Wayne Airport issues in an informal setting equally open to all.

  • This session will focus on results of the recent lobbying trip by the City Manager and three Council members to Washington DC

May 7 @ 6:00 pm – Community Meeting
Marina Park

May 8 City – Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 3:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
      • Charter Boats — Guidance to Harbor Commission
      • Stand Up Paddleboard safety
      • Fiscal Year 2019 Budget — Part 1 of 2
      • Community Comment on Qualifications for new City Manager
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Contract for Big Canyon Nature Park monitoring and maintenance
      • Request for Coastal Commission to exempt larger sized residences from permit requirements
      • Request for harbor speed limit exceptions
      • Introduction of ordinance allowing tasting rooms in alcohol manufacturing facilities
      • Response to Brown Act violation letter

May 10 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda available here
  • Annual review of Uptown Newport Development Agreement
  • Five Coastal Development Permits
  • Six Tentative Parcel Maps

May 15 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting (Details available on request)

May 17 @ 4:00 pm – Planning Commission Meeting (special time)
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Agape Art Collective (proposal for tattoo parlor, 365 Old Newport Boulevard – continued from April 5)
    • Verizon and AT&T monopole cell site, 1600 Newport Center Drive
    • Initiate Accessory Dwelling Units Zoning Code amendment

May 18 (Friday): last day to complete City’s online survey regarding the City Manager replacement

May 22 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • 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
      • Part 2 of review of proposed 2018-2019 Capital Improvements Program and budget expenditures (joint meeting with City’s Finance Committee)
      • Discussion about Telecom devices on streetlight poles (after joint meeting, 4:30 or later)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Revise Harbor Policy H-1 (regarding allowable dock overhang into harbor)
      • Revise Debt Policy
      • Reorganization of Municipal Operations Department, creation of Harbor Department
      • Commitment to $9 million program for wireless water meter reading
      • Notice of intent to adopt budget
      • Notice of intent to renew business improvement districts
      • Award contract for Bayview Heights drainage project
      • Contract for traffic signal maintenance and repair
      • Extension to contract for airport consulting

May 31 @ 4:00 pm – Planning Commission Special Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers – CANCELED

  • The expected study session on the Koll Center Residences proposal has been canceled — reportedly due to the loss of a quorum, with one of the four Planning Commissioners allowed to hear the item not being able to attend.
  • A new date has not yet been announced.

June 2018

June 2 @ 9:30 am – SPON 2018 Annual Meeting
Environmental Nature Center, 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach

June 4 @ 5:00 p.m. – Civil Service Board
Civic Center – Council Chambers

June 5 – Election Day (statewide primary)

June 5 @ 6:00 p.m. – Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • Agenda here
    • Bench donations
    • City playgrounds report
    • Appointment of committee to study revamping of Grant Howald Park

June 5 – Election Day (statewide primary)

June 5 @ 6:00 p.m. – Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • Agenda here
    • Bench donations
    • City playgrounds report
    • Appointment of committee to study revamping of Grant Howald Park

June 7 @ 3:00 p.m. – Water Quality/Coastal Tidelands Committee
City Hall – Crystal Cove Conference Room, Bay 2D

  • Agenda here
    • Report on Total Maximum Daily Loads for Newport Bay Toxics
    • Resolution Opposing New Offshore Drilling
    • Report on Single Use Plastics Reduction Campaign
    • Consideration of changes to format of meetings

June 7 – Planning Commission Meeting – CANCELED

June 6-8, 2018 – California Coastal Commission meeting
Chula Vista

  • Agenda here
    • Item W8, the Enforcement Report on Wednesday, June 6, is likely to touch on the unofficial “Dog Beach” (on County Flood Control lands in the Santa Ana River mouth) and Western Snowy Plover issues in Newport Beach
    • Item F9a on Friday, June 8, is a CCC staff request for extension of time to consider various Newport Beach LCP change requests

June 12 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • 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
      • Information about earthquake early warning systems
      • Options to reduce undergrounding costs
      • Options for Harbor Department organization
        • An earlier staff proposal to create a Harbor Department was continued by the Council
        • It appears a different proposal may be presented, and incorporated into the budget, but with no staff report to review in advance
    • Closed Session (after Study Session)
      • Sale of old City Hall site to Lido House Hotel?
        • The agenda uses an ambiguous format that could indicate a sale or merely changes to the existing lease
        • This comes as a surprise since the City’s options have not been publicly discussed or evaluated by the Finance Committee
      • Performance evaluations of City Clerk and City Attorney
        • Although the Council’s discussion will be in closed session, this is a chance for the public to comment on the performance of these employees and their departments
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Adoption of proposed budget
        • The “checklist” of changes to the published budget is significantly different than that presented on May 22.  Where is the direction for these changes coming from?
        • Will it include a new Harbor Department, or not?
        • What happened to the previously allocated money for a for a General Plan Update?
        • Is any money being allocated for such purposes in the new budget?
      • Approval of Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan
      • Approval of labor agreement with Life Guard Management Association
      • Approval of Measure M2 eligibility submittal
      • Approval of Special Event funding
      • $7.3M contract for parking meter management
      • Finish reorganization of Municipal Operations/Public Works departments
      • Confirm board and commission nominees
      • Consider proposal for all citizens Finance Committee
        • The Finance Committee is scheduled to discuss the pros and cons of this at its next meeting — two days after the Council is being asked to make a decision
      • Consider supporting or opposing various outside measures (creation of a County housing trust [action postponed], a mobile needle exchange program and group homes legislation)
      • Consider preparation of a City Charter amendment to require voter approval to incur additional kinds of debt such as Certificates Of Participation
        • This proposal has not yet been evaluated by the Finance Committee, and referral to them is an option being considered

June 16 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm – SPON GPAC group meeting
Santa Ana Heights Fire Station – Community/Training Room
(corner of Mesa and Acacia)

  • This latest meeting of SPON’s independent General Plan Update Advisory Committee will continue our guest speakers series, this time featuring Matt Foulkes, the City of Fullerton’s Community Planning Manager.
  • Fullerton’s General Plan, also known as “the Fullerton Vision,” takes the “standard” layout of a General Plan and focuses on the four key pillars of the community: the built environment, the economy, the community, and the natural environment.
  • Click here to RSVP – all are welcome, but these are popular events and we need to know your plans so we don’t exceed room capacity!

June 18 @ 4:00 pm – Aviation Committee
Civic Center – Community Room 
(adjacent to Council Chambers)

June 20 @ 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Western Snowy Plover Workshop
Marina Park – Event Room
(second floor)

June 21 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • Agenda here
    • Agape Art Collective (tattoo studio, 365 Old Newport Boulevard, continued from May 17 and April 5) — approved
    • Mariner Square (Melia Homes project at 1244 Irvine Avenue: 92 townhome condos replacing existing 114 unit apartment complex) — approved
    • Review of “L” series policies in City Council Policy Manual — recommended to Council for approval

June 26 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Discussion of proposal for City Charter amendment requiring voter approval to issue additional kinds of debt
    • Closed Session (after Study Session)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Proposal for City Charter amendment requiring voter approval to issue additional kinds of debt
      • Creation of Harbor Department
      • Creation of Civilian Fire Marshal position
      • Renewal of Business Improvement District assessments and addition of Lido House Hotel to Tourism BID
      • Contract for Irvine Avenue paving
      • Contract for Undergrounding Assessment District 117
      • Water quality outreach program and TMDL agreement
      • Annual appointments to Boards and Commissions and to Finance Committee
      • Adoption of revised Council Policy F-14 (“Authority to Contract”)
      • Approval of street closures for 4th of July
      • Introduction of “Voter Protection” ordinance

June 28 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda available here
  • Five Coastal Development Permit applications, plus a lot line adjustment and a minor use permit for a juice bar in Corona del Mar Plaza

June 28 @ 3:00 pm – Finance Committee meeting
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Crystal Cove Conference Room (Bay D-2nd Floor)

  • Agenda available here
  • Discussion of City Charter amendment to require voter approval for City to take on additional forms of debt (placed on November 2018 ballot by Council at June 26 meeting)
  • Also, discussion of internal control procedures, reserve policies and pension issues

July 2018

July 5 – Planning Commission meeting – CANCELLED

July 10 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • 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
      • Updates on:
        • Newport Beach Animal Shelter
        • FEMA flood maps
        • Life Safety fees (for Fire and Emergency Medical Services)
    • Closed Session (closed to public, after Study Session) to discuss:
      • Unspecified matters related to City Manager appointment (but NOT the appointment)
      • Performance evaluations of the City Clerk and City Attorney
      • Labor negotiations and litigation
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Award contracts for:
        • Preparation of EIR for Newport Dunes Hotel proposal
        • Streetlight improvements
        • Geotechnical and materials testing
        • Balboa Peninsula concrete pavement work
        • Marine Avenue drainage system design
      • Temporarily suspend bench and tree donations/memorials
      • Hearing on resolution adding Lido House Hotel to Tourism BID

July 11-13 – California Coastal Commission
Scotts Valley (Santa Cruz County)

  • Agenda here
    • Item 22a on July 11 is a set of “clean-up” amendments to the City’s Local Coastal Program
    • Item 23a on July 11 is a request to change the jurisdictional boundary, giving the City permitting authority over five tidelands parcels currently requiring permits from the Commission

July 12 @ 7:15 – 8:30 am – Wake Up! Newport
Central Library – Friends Room

  • Outgoing City Manager Dave Kiff is scheduled to reflect on his experiences in Newport Beach and share his advice for the City’s future
  • Announcement here (program typically starts at around 7:45 a.m.)

July 17 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

July 18 @ 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Keynote Lecture on Coastal Resiliency
Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E 16th St, Newport Beach, CA 92663

  • Gary Griggs, Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, will be giving a presentation on “Coasts in Crisis – Toward a Sustainable 21st Century” to open UCI Oceans’ “Strengthening Coasts for a Resilient Future” workshop on the following day.

July 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Strengthening Coasts for a Resilient Future
Engineering Lecture Hall 100 (ELH 100), University of California Irvine

  • Free full-day workshop hosted by UCI Oceans, the Newkirk Center and UCI.
  • The keynote presentation from 9:15 am – 10:00 am will be from Dr. Charles Lester, former Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission and now a Researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

July 19 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Election of officers
    • Conditional use permit for renovations to Tommy Bahama restaurant/store in Corona del Mar Plaza
    • A request for a Coastal Development Permit with variances for 3200 Ocean Boulevard has been postponed to August

July 23 @ 8:00 am – Special City Council Meeting
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa (East Elevator Lobby)
900 Newport Center Drive

  • Agenda available here
  • The City Council will be holding a Special Meeting that includes a closed session at which it is assumed they will be interviewing candidates in connection with the City Manager Replacement.
  • The agenda includes an opportunity for the public to speak to the Council before they start the closed session, apparently in the lobby — although it seems unlikely the interviews will be taking place in the lobby.
  • The agenda also announces the Council may privately instruct the Mayor regarding negotiations over such matters as compensation for the new Manager.  This despite it being believed that since the City of Bell scandal, such discussions are not allowed to take place at special meetings.

July 24 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • Agenda available here
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
      • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
        • Update on crime statistics
        • Newport Beach and Company/Visit Newport Beach Annual Report
      • Closed Session (after Study Session)
        • Additional discussion of City Manager appointment and and direction to Mayor on negotiations regarding contract with appointee
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Fee update
      • Report on Council member grants
      • Contracts for:
        • Pavement rehabilitation (Marguerite and Hospital Road)
        • Police Chief

July 28 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda available here
  • Four Coastal Development Permit applications, plus four tentative parcel map applications (most turning rentals into condominiums).

July 30 @ 9:00 am – Special City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • Agenda here
    • The City Council will be meeting in closed session for follow-up interviews with the three finalists it has chosen for the  City Manager replacement
    • There will be an opportunity for public comment prior to the Council going into closed session for the interviews
    • The agenda says the Council will not be making an “appointment” at this meeting, but it is not clear they might not make a selection contingent upon the success of further negotiations with the person selected

August 2018

August 9 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • A request for a Coastal Development Permit with variances for 3200 Ocean Boulevard (postponed from July 19 — same builder as 2607 Ocean Boulevard)
    • Coastal Development Permit to rebuild residence at 16 Bay Island
    • Update of Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance
    • Study Session on Harbor Pointe Senior Living project (<– expected, but postponed to early September)

August 10 @ 9:00 am – California Coastal Commission Meeting
Redondo Beach Public Library

  • The California Coastal Commission will be meeting in Redondo Beach from August 8 through August 10 (agenda here, includes button to view meeting by live stream).
  • The Friday, August 10, agenda includes two items on the SPON Watch List:
    • Item 21a is a City request to expand the scope of the “Categorical Exclusion Order” which allows certain residential construction to proceed without the need for a Coastal Development Permit.
    • Item 22a is a procedural hearing on the citizen appeal of the City’s approval of the permit for bluff-face residential development in China Cove at 2607 Ocean Blvd (originally planned for the March meeting in Oxnard, but appealed).
      • The Commission will be asked if the appeal raises substantial issues of compliance with the Coastal Act
      • If they find it does, Coastal staff will schedule a full hearing at a later date.
      • As in March, Coastal staff is recommending the Commission make the required finding of “substantial issue.”

August 10 – Council Candidate Filing Deadline

  • This is the last day for people who want to be listed on the ballot as candidates for Newport  Beach City Council to turn in a nominating petition signed by voters in the district in which they live.  The petitions will first become available on July 16.
  • This is different from the process of forming committees to raise money for a possible run.
  • The final list of who is actually and officially running for Council will not be known until the end of the day on August 10.
  • The candidates are expected to introduce themselves and inform the public about their positions on the issues at a series of election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.
  • See the City Clerk’s 2018 Election page for more details

August 14 – City Council Meeting (only normally scheduled Council meeting in August)
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • 3:30 pm: City Council meets as “Newport Beach Public Facilities Corporation” board
      • Required annual review of Civic Center bonds
    • 3:45 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Updates on:
        • Newport Heights Traffic Study
        • Shared Mobility Devices – Bird Scooters, Lime Bikes, and More
    • Closed Session (between Study Session and Regular Meeting)
      • Litigation:  existing and possible initiation of one case
      • Discussion of the selection of a new City Manager
        • possible appointment
        • directions to negotiator regarding contract terms
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (partial list)
      • Adoption of revised Council Policy Manual “L” policies (as heard by Planning Commission on June 21)
      • Accept gift from Friends of Library
      • Approval of award to Crystal Cove Conservancy for cottage restoration
      • Award of contract for janitorial services
      • Rejection of bids for Grand Canal dredging
      • Establish paid parking lot at 2807 Newport Blvd (new Peninsula Fire Station site/former McDonald’s)
      • Approval of Newport Heights Traffic improvements
      • Direction to staff on Shared Mobility Devices
      • Appointment of new City Manager (whose name has not been revealed) and approval of an employment contract with same

August 18 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm – SPON GPAC workshop
Santa Ana Heights Fire Station Training Room (Mesa at Acacia)

  • The next meeting of SPON’s independent General Plan Update Advisory Committee will continue the guest speakers series, with a presentation by planning consultant Laura Stetson from MIG, the private company that conducted the public outreach/community visioning portion of our City’s current General Plan in 2001-2002 (see Item 18, April 10, 2001, City Council meeting).
  • Drawing on her 30+ years of experience, Ms. Stetson will be telling us how the public can ensure a community’s vision for the future will be implemented in its general plan.
  • Space will be limited.  To save a seat, please register here.

August 21 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

August 23 @ 7:30 am – Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum
Central Library – Friends Room (details)

  • First of several chances to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

August 23 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting – CANCELLED

August 28 – NO second City Council Meeting in August

August 29 @ 6:00 pm – West Newport Association Candidates Forum
Marina Park (doors open at 5:30 p.m)

  • Second in series of public opportunities to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

August 30 @ 3:30 pm – Dave Kiff retirement event
Civic Center Lawn

  • The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting a retirement event for outgoing City Manger Dave Kiff, on the “Civic Green” from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Kiff’s last day will be August 31, with Assistant City Manager Carol Jacobs filling in from September 1 through September 3.

August 31 – Last day of work for outgoing City Manager Dave Kiff

September 2018

September 4 – New City Manager begins work

September 6 @ 7:30 – 9:00 am – CdM Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum
Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club – 1601 Bayside Drive (details)

  • Third in series of opportunities to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

September 6 – Planning Commission Meeting — rescheduled to September 13

September 7 @ 10:30 am – Friends of OASIS Candidates Forum
OASIS Senior Center

  • Fourth in series of opportunities to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

September 11 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items (new manager may not publish?)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
      • Update on Traffic Signal System Technology
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
        • Amendment to Local Coastal Program’s Categorical Exclusion Order
        • Contract for Grant Howald Park Rehabilitation
        • Contract for landscape maintenance
        • Gift from Library Foundation
        • City Hall December holiday closure
      • Community Development Block Grants Report (CAPER)
      • Update of Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance
      • Revision of Life Safety services fees

September 12 @ 2:00 pm – Quarterly Noise Meeting
John Wayne Airport – Eddie Martin Administration Building. – 3160 Airway Avenue

September 12 @ 6:00 pm – Speak Up Newport Candidates Forum
Civic Center Community Room 100 Civic Center Drive

  • Fifth in series of opportunities to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

September 13 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Special Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers 
(rescheduled from September 6)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)

September 18 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

September 20 – Planning Commission meeting – CANCELLED

September 21 @ 6:00 pm – Feet to the Fire Candidates Forum (rescheduled from 9/20)
Robert B Moore Theater (Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Ave, Costa Mesa)

  • Sixth in series of opportunities to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

September 22 @ 9:00 am – Balboa Island Improvement Association Candidates Forum
Balboa Island Fire Station (124 Marine Avenue)

  • Seventh in series of opportunities to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

September 25 – 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
    • 6:00 pm: Closed Session (no public Study Session)
      • Labor negotiations
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Second reading of ordinances modifying:
        • Accessory Dwelling Units regulations
        • Life safety fee cost recovery ratios
      • Water Wheel floating trash collection project in San Diego Creek (Upper Newport Bay)
        • Environmental assessment
        • Financial grant
      • Set date (Nov. 27) for tabulation of ballots to form undergrounding Assessment District No. 113 on Balboa Island
      • Traffic signal synchronization agreement with Irvine
      • Additional crossing guards in Newport Heights
      • Extension of Newport Beach TV contract while staff explores partnering with another city
      • Retroactive approval of payment for work completed by consultant studying JWA commercial jet departure procedures
      • Accept Coastal Commission modifications to proposed Local Coastal Program “minor clean-ups”
      • CANCELLED:  Reconsideration of recent Planning Commission approval of variances permitting construction of oversized home at 3200 Ocean Blvd (this was to have been an important item for those concerned about the trend toward “mansionization” in Newport Beach, but we understand it has been continued “to a date uncertain”)

September 26 @ 5:30 pm – JWA General Aviation Improvement Program meeting
John Wayne Airport Administrative Offices – 3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa

September 26 @ 5:30 pm – Corona del Mar Residents Association Candidates Forum
OASIS Senior Center – 801 Narcissus, CdM

  • Eighth opportunity to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

September 27 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing
Civic Center, CdM Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before hearing)
    • Annual compliance review for Hoag Hospital Development Agreement
    • Three Coastal Development Permit requests for residential rebuilding and bulkhead improvements
    • Application for juice bar on Balboa Island

September 28 – Comments due on Harbor Pointe Senior Living EIR

  • After much delay, the Environmental Impact Report for a revised Harbor Pointe Senior Living General Plan Amendment proposal and project was released for public review on August 10.
  • To receive a written response from the City, comments on it must be received by the end of business on September 28.

October 2018

October 1 @ 6:00 pm – Public Meeting
Civic Center – Community Room (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Finley Tract Resident Permit Parking Program Discussion

October 3 @ 6:30 pm – Central Newport Beach Community Association Candidates Forum
Marina Park – 1600 W. Balboa Blvd

  • Ninth and likely final opportunity to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

October 4 – Planning Commission meeting – CANCELLED

October 6 – SPON GPAC workshop – POSTPONED

  • The GPAC workshop planned for October 6 has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled for January.
  • When held, this meeting of SPON’s independent General Plan Update Advisory Committee will continue the guest speakers series.
  • Kevin K. Johnson, an environmental lawyer from San Diego will instruct participants on how to read and comment on Environmental Impact Reports.
  • The event will be free and open to all.

October 8 – Vote-by-Mail ballots begin mailing for November 6 election

October 9 – 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
    • 5:30 pm: Closed session (labor negotiations and possible initiation of litigation)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Second reading of Local Coastal Program “clean-up” amendments
      • Ordinance amending staffing structure in Public Works
      • Amend Harbor Code as to staffing and speed limits
      • Appointments to Building and Fire Board of Appeals

October 11 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

October 16 @ 6:30 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

October 17 @ 6:00 pm – Construction impact on residential streets
OASIS Senior Center – 801 Narcissus, CdM

  • Presentation by Community Development Department on changes to Municipal Code being proposed to alleviate the negative impact of parking by construction workers on residential streets.
  • See City announcement and flyer.

October 18 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Newport Auto Center at 445 W. Coast Hwy, 1-year review (PA2017-097)
    • Helm Residence Encroachment at 200 Via Koron (N2018-0387)
    • LaFrance and Baram Residence Encroachment at 2209 Private Road (N2018-0471)
    • Powerhouse Enterprises CUP (vehicle sales) at 2244 W. Coast Hwy. (PA2018-166)

October 22 – Last day to register to vote in November 6 election

  • If you need to register to vote, or to update your registration information, you can do so on-line with a valid California Drivers License.
  • See our Election Forums page for additional information about city candidates and issues.

October 23 – 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
    • 5:30 pm: Closed Session (regarding labor negotiations)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Second reading of ordinances to create Harbor Department and exceptions to speed limit for harbor races
      • First reading of ordinance to make “minor” amendments to Local Coastal Program
      • Cultural Arts Grants
      • Tract map for condo project on Santa Ana Avenue
      • Vacation of sewer easement on Kings Road
      • Contracts for Balboa Village streetscape improvements, Grand Canal dredging reufse container collection and pavement rehabilitation design
      • Annual review of development agreement with Sober Living by the Sea

October 23 – 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
    • 5:30 pm: Closed Session (regarding labor negotiations)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Second reading of ordinances to create Harbor Department and exceptions to speed limit for harbor races
      • First reading of ordinance to make “minor” amendments to Local Coastal Program
      • Cultural Arts Grants
      • Tract map for condo project on Santa Ana Avenue
      • Vacation of sewer easement on Kings Road
      • Contracts for Balboa Village streetscape improvements, Grand Canal dredging reufse container collection and pavement rehabilitation design
      • Annual review of development agreement with Sober Living by the Sea

October 25 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

November 2018

November 5 @ 4:00 pm – City Aviation Committee
Friends Room
(Central Library)

November 6 – Election Day

  • As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, SPON cannot endorse candidates, but it can, and does, encourage all residents of Newport Beach to become informed about the issues facing the city.
  • For additional information about the election, the candidates and the local ballot measures, see the City Clerk’s 2018 Election page and our Election Forums page.
  • If you need to register to vote, or to update your registration information, those with a valid California Drivers License can do so on-line .
  • According to the County Registrar’s Election Calendar, the last day to register appears to have been October 22, but “conditional registration” may be possible through election day.

November 7 @ 4:00 pm – Balboa Village Advisory Committee
OceanQuest
 (600 East Bay Avenue)

  • Streetscape improvement plans
  • Continuing committee?

November 8 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers
 (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Shell car wash proposal (1600 Jamboree Road) — continued  from Sept. 13, but being taken “off calendar”
    • Powerhouse Enterprises vehicle sales proposal (2244 W. Coast Hwy) — continued from Oct. 18.  This proposed conversion of an existing office building into a luxury used auto showroom is within the area of the still pending “Newport Village” redevelopment application, and outside the area where auto uses were contemplated in the City’s existing Mariner’s Mile Strategic Vision.

November 13 – 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
      • Sidewalk vendors
      • Accessory Dwelling Units
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Submit OCTA grant application for Superior/PCH improvements
      • Contracts for Balboa Village streetscape, Jamboree median turf replacement and annual pavement repair projects
      • Confirm nominees for Planning Commission vacancy
      • Introduce sidewalk vendors ordinance

November 15 @ 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
    • Four Coastal Development Permit applications
    • Two limited term permits
    • One tentative parcel map
    • Phase 2A of Big Canyon Nature Park restoration (being taken off calendar)

November 17 @ 8:30 am – Harbor Commission sponsored tour of harbor
Marina Park
 (1600 W. Balboa Boulevard)

  • Details (tour of projects, by ferry, leaving at 9:00 a.m.)

November 20 @ 3:00 pm – Special Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

November 21 @ 5:00 pm – deadline for submitting comments on General Aviation Improvement Program EIR

  • See Notice of Availability for details, and Notice of Extension of deadline for comments.
  • JWA is required to respond in writing to comments received by the deadline.
  • Comments can continue to be submitted after that, but JWA does not have to respond to those.

November 27 – 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
    • 6:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Summer Trolley Program review
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Re-introduction of Harbor ordinances (department & speed limit exceptions)
      • Second reading Accessory Dwelling Unit and Sidewalk Vending ordinances
      • Update of Council Policy L-6 (encroachments)
      • Extending term of Balboa Village Advisory Committee
      • Accept Jamboree sewer from OCSD
      • Contracts for Bayside Drive roadway modifications, Balboa Island water main, FY2018-2019 concrete program, Civic Center and park maintenance, restroom maintenance, Lower Bay dredging environmental studies and Newport Dunes Hotel EIR
      • “Trolley” agreement with OCTA
      • Assessment District 113 undergrounding balloting
      • Community service grants
      • Appointment to fill vacancy on Planning Commission

November 29 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

December 2018

December 4 @ 2:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

December 4 @ 6:00 pm – Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda available here
  • Item VI.A is PB&R’s first review of an ongoing project to restore natural habit in the 60 acre Big Canyon Nature Park (between Jamboree and Back Bay Road)

December 6 @ 4:00 pm (special time) – Planning Commission meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers
 (100 Civic Center Drive)

December 11 – 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 (see also, The Week in Review)
    • 6:00 pm: Closed Session
      • Performance evaluations of City Attorney and City Clerk
    • 6:30 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Adoption of Harbor ordinances introduced on November 27
      • Annual reporting of development impact fees and development agreements
      • Tentative agreement with fire employees association
      • Contract for sewer and storm drain flow monitoring
      • Amendment of recycled water charge
      • Revision of Council Policy L-6 (encroachments in public right of way) — continued from November 27
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Reorganization
      • Certification of election results
      • Swearing in of newly elected Council members
      • Selection by Council of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for 2019

December 12 – 14 – California Coastal Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • The Coastal Commission will be meeting in Newport Beach (agenda here)
  • The appeal of the City’s granting of a Coastal Development Permit for the 2607 Ocean Blvd residential redevelopment project (in China Cove), widely expected to be heard at this meeting, is not on the agenda.
  • City-initiated “clean up” of the City’s recently adopted Local Coastal Program, which include requests for exceptions to the Shoreline Height Limits and for a more general authority to grant variances to the certified development standards, are on the Wednesday, December 12, agenda as Item W24b.  See staff report and exhibits, supplemented by correspondence and an addendum

December 13 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

December 19 @ 2:00-3:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

January 2019

January 8 – 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
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Labor contract with firefighters
      • Hearings on new street vending application fees and new harbor fees and rents
      • Phase IV of Civic Center sculpture exhibit
      • New vendor for City TV production/channel

January 9 @ 6:00 pm – Speak Up Newport Homelessness Forum
Civic Center Community Room 100 Civic Center Drive

  • The reception starts at 5:15 p.m.
  • The program, focusing on solutions to the homeless problem, is a follow-up to an April forum outlining the problem.

January 10 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing – POSTPONED
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)
Note: The hearing notices for this meeting were not published as planned.  As a result it will need to be rescheduled.  The new date has not yet been determined.

January 12 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm – SPON GPAC workshop
Santa Ana Heights Fire Station Training Room (Mesa at Acacia)

  • This meeting of SPON’s independent General Plan Update Advisory Committee will continue the guest speakers series.
  • Kevin K. Johnson, an environmental lawyer from San Diego will provide insights on how to more effectively read and comment on Environmental Impact Reports.
  • Click here to RSVP – The event is free and open to all, but these are popular events and we need to know your plans so we don’t exceed room capacity!

January 15 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

January 15 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Meeting — POSTPONED
Civic Center Community Room  
(100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • The Community Development Department was expected to discuss the General Plan Update process (to be introduced at the January 8 Council Study Session) and seek public input on the consultant selection process
  • We understand this previously-announced meeting has been postponed, most likely to early February

January 17 @ 4:00 pm – Airport Land Use Commission
John Wayne Airport Administration Building (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

January 17 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Extension of Hoag Hospital Development Agreement
    • Approval of residential encroachments into public right-of-way (3725 Ocean Boulevard)
    • Request for liquor license (703 Balboa Boulevard)

January 22 – 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
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Creation of citizens Steering Committee for Phase 1 of General Plan Update (appointments to be made by Mayor and announced at a later meeting)
      • Revisions to City Council Policy A-1 (conduct of Council meetings)
      • Harbor fees and rents, and sidewalk vending permit fee
      • Introduction of revised Accessory Dwelling Units ordinance
      • Mitigated Negative Declaration for Big Canyon Nature Park restoration, Phase II
      • Contracts for Automated Meter Infrastructure “proof of performance,” Lower Sunset View Park design consultant, streetlight maintenance, and labor agreement with Employees League
        • The Lower Sunset View Park contract requires Council approval as it involves hiring former City Council member Tony Petros as the “sole source” coordinator for the public outreach and design effort for $48,500 over an 29 month period.

January 24 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

January 30 @ noon – deadline to submit applications to be on General Plan Update Steering Committee

January 31 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing (special meeting)
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

January 31 @ 4:30 pm (<– note special time) – Special Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

February 2019

February 2 @ 9:00 a.m. to noon – City Council Annual Planning/Goal Setting Session
Civic Center Community Room (adjacent to Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Early each year, the Council holds a “retreat,” usually on a Saturday morning, at which it discusses and tentatively selects its goals for the rest of the calendar year.
  • Agenda available here
    • Update on City’s fiscal picture
    • Options for service enhancements and delivery
    • Update on airport and homelessness initiatives
    • Current and planned capital improvement programs
    • SPON advocated for more aggressive implementation of the West Newport Mesa Streetscape Master Plan

February 4 @ 6:30 pm – Mayor’s Town Hall
Marina Park – 1600 W. Balboa Blvd

February 5 @ 6:00 pm – Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

February 12 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda available here
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Review changes to Beacon Bay lease rates proposed by Home Owners Association
      • Overview of city trees
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (topics per agenda and notices)
      • Confirmation of Mayor’s selections for five-member General Plan Update Steering Committee. The selections are Nancy Gardner (Chair), Ed Selich, Debbie Stevens, Larry Tucker and Paul Watkins.
        • Note: SPON has some concern with these selections.  Despite their long histories of service to the City, all the designees, with the exception of Debbie Stevens, were on the review committee (“LUEAAC“) that brought us Measure Y — the ill-fated previous attempt to update the General Plan, rejected by 69.3% of voters in 2014.
      • Appointment of committee (Dixon, Herdman and Muldoon) to review the roles and responsibilities of the Aviation Committee
      • Adoption of labor agreement with Police Management Association
      • Adoption of Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinances
      • Adoption of 10 revised “F-policies” (dealing with financial matters)
      • Adoption of major LCP amendments (from December Coastal Commission meeting)
      • Introduction of Flood Plain Management ordinance
      • Revisions to agreement regarding City’s obligations with respect to SCE undergrounding and park improvements on Uptown Newport property
      • Authorization of contract to manage Civic Center Park Sculpture Exhibition – Phase IV
      • Authorization of alerting system for CdM Fire Station
      • Appeal of Harbor Commission’s approval of reconfiguration of Newport Marina at 2888 Bayshore Drive (adjacent to Upper Bay bridge) — CONTINUED
      • Hearing and possible approval of Harbor Pointe Senior Living application (replacing Kitayama restaurant on Bristol)
      • Approval of AT&T telecom master license agreement for small cell sites on City streetlights

February 13 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Marina Park (1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

  • The inaugural meeting of the General Plan Update Steering Committee (to be appointed on February 12) will double as community outreach event (see News Splash, calendar announcement and flyer).
  • The program is expected to consist of:
    • Overview and discussion of the General Plan Update process.
    • Review and discussion of the Request for Proposals for an outside consultant to guide the effort.
  • Note: the five Steering Committee members attended, but did not participate in this event, supposedly because they had not been sworn into office.

February 14 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

February 19 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

February 20 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • Agenda here
    • The inaugural meeting of the General Plan Update Steering Committee, which had been announced for February 13, has been rescheduled to February 20, supposedly due to the committee members not being able to participate on on February 13 because they had not been sworn into office.
    • The February 13 meeting devolved into a staff presentation to community members with the yet-to-be-sworn-in Steering Committee members listening from the audience.

February 21 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

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
      • Update on City water supply and delivery system
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • 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 (also restricting Saturday activity and requiring new construction fence signage).
      • 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
    • Four Coastal Development Permits
    • Three condominium maps

March 4 @ 4:00 pm – Aviation Committee
Civic Center – Community Room 
(adjacent to Council Chambers)

March 6 @ noon:  Deadline to submit applications for appointment as one of the two additional citizen members being added to the General Plan Update Steering Committee.  Applications received by the deadline will be considered in addition to those submitted in connection with the original recruitment.

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:
    • Review draft of a new 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 into public right of way at 3100 Breakers Drive.

March 8 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
California African American Museum, Los Angeles

  • Agenda here
  • Item 9a on Friday is a hearing on the question of whether the City’s approval of a Residential Permit Parking Program (RP3) for the Finley Tract in West Newport raises substantial issues of compliance with the Coastal Act

March 12 – 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
      • Central Library Lecture Hall Proposal
      • Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Early Look
      • Changes to development standards to address new Flood Zone Maps
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Appointment of two additional citizen members to  General Plan Update Steering Committee
      • Second reading of ordinance for 6-month extension of Hoag Hospital Development Agreement
      • Introduce ordinance to limit time to complete construction projects
      • Contracts for water rate study consultant, homeless outreach, delinquent account collection and pavement and traffic rehabilitation
      • Amendments to contracts for parking citation processing, Grand Canal dredging, and tree and plant services
      • Adopt Memoranda of Understanding with two employee groups
      • Authorize 2014-2018 pension “fresh-start”
      • Authorize grant submissions for OCTA environmental cleanup projects
      • Appeal of reconfiguration of “Newport Marina,” adjacent to Bay Shores gated community (continued from February 12 Item 16)
      • Approve letter to County Supervisors stating City’s preferred alternative for JWA General Aviation Improvement Program.

March 14 @ 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
    • Coastal Development Permit to replace and enlarge clubhouse owned by Lido Sands Community Association
    • Minor Use Permit for sales and storage of classic and vintage sports cars at 1620 Monrovia Avenue

March 19 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

March 20 @ 2:00-3:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

March 20 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
  • The third meeting of the General Plan Update Steering Committee, for the first time with all seven citizen members appointed, is expected to include:
    • Possible completion of revisions to the RFP for an outside consultant to manage the “listen and learn” phase of the GPU process, only.
    • Presentation about the Harbor Commission’s visioning process.
    • Presentation from staff about updates to the City’s website.

March 21 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Mesa Drive Townhomes at 20462 Santa Ana & 1501 Mesa Drive (PA2017-218)
    • Tattoo parlor appeal (E Art Gallery, 2721 E Coast Hwy., referred back by City Council)

March 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
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Presentation about citrus pests
      • Review of City’s pesticide management policy
      • Closed session performance reviews of City Attorney and City Clerk
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Amendments to records retention schedule
      • Creation of Homeless Task Force with Council and citizen members
      • Restructure Aviation Committee
      • Revise discrimination and harassment policy
      • 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.
      • Amendment to pay-by-cell parking contract
      • Receive and consider revised compensation agreement with key and management employees
      • Adoption of salary schedules
      • Award contract for City facilities painting and Spyglass Hill Reservoir equipment
      • Appeal of Harbor Commission’s approval of reconfiguration of Newport Marina at 2888 Bayshore Drive (adjacent to Upper Bay bridge)
      • Initiate amendments to Zoning Code and Coastal Plan for construction in special flood danger zones

March 28 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

April 2019

April 3 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
  • This fourth meeting of the General Plan Update Steering Committee is expected to include:
    • Update of Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) numbers
    • Plans to revise traffic model and Circulation Element
    • A general discussion about the future process, including what topics need to addressed in the “listen and learn.”

April 4 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission – CANCELED

April 6 @ 10:00 am to noon – John Wayne Airport Town Hall
Civic Center – Community Room 
(adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • See description here
  • County Supervisor Michelle Steel will be in Newport Beach to discuss issues related to John Wayne Airport:
    • Flight paths
    • Airport Noise
    • General Aviation Improvement Project

April 9 – 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
      • Junior Lifeguard Building proposal
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Introduction of ordinance to limit time allowed to complete private construction projects
      • Revisions to Council Discretionary Grants policy
      • Formation of Council ad hoc committees on election reform and lobbyist registration
      • Salary agreements for “key management” employees, including City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, Police and Fire Chiefs and many more
      • Permission to submit to the Coastal Commission a proposal for amendments to the Local Coastal Program Implementation Plan to create a Balboa Village Parking Overlay District (exempting most businesses from the requirement to provide off-street parking)
      • Approve grant submittal for WaterSMART program
      • Contracts for public works project inspection and administration, Bayside Drive and MacArthur road work, and two undergrounding projects
      • Purchase of undergrounding credits
      • Approval of City Arts Commission’s selection of sculptures for next phase of Civic Center Park exhibition
      • Appointment of Arts Commissioner to fill one vacant seat

April 11 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
Board of Supervisors Chambers, Salinas, California

  • Agenda here
  • As part of the Deputy Director’s Report for Orange County (Item 15), the Irvine Company is asking for a one-year extension of the previously-granted permit to build a 25-foot tall, 14,252 square foot restaurant in the parking lot of the former Reuben E. Lee paddleboat restaurant (2012 E. Coast Highway) adjacent to PCH’s Back Bay Bridge.  The project includes a new public dock.  This was originally approved as Item Th10b on February 9, 2017.

April 15 @ 4:00 pm – Aviation Committee
Central Library – Friends Room 
(1000 Avocado)

April 16 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

April 17 @ 5:30 pm – John Wayne Airport Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

  • Look for agenda here
    • Note: this is being noticed as a “Special Meeting”.  The agenda appears after the agenda for the Regular Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
    • The Airport Commission is expected to review and make a recommendation regarding the EIR and project alternatives for the General Aviation Improvement Program.  Their recommendation is expected to go to the Board of Supervisors on April 23.

April 18 @ 5:30 pm – Planning Commission  (SPECIAL TIME)
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Study Sessions on two applications for General Plan amendments to construct uses not currently allowed at sites:
      • Vivante Senior Housing proposal for 90 senior housing units (including nine memory care units) at 850-856 San Clemente (former Orange County Musuem of Art site)
      • Ford Road Residential proposal for 21 attached residential condominiums at 4032 Ford Road.

April 18 @ 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Meeting on Construction parking
Civic Center Community Room (adjacent to Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Drive)

  • The City will host a public meeting on “Proposed Code Changes to Address Residential Street Parking Impacted by Construction.”
  • Details here.

April 23 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

  • Look for agenda here
      • The Board of Supervisors was expected to consider certifying the EIR for the General Aviation Improvement Program.  County staff is further recommending they approve “Alternative 1.”  See agenda Item 35 for details.
      • Note: although still on the agenda, the Board is now expected to take no action on April 23, and instead defer (“continue”) this item to its May 7 meeting.

April 23 – 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
      • Potential Changes to Residential Development Standard to Preserve Cottages and Address 3rd Story Massing
        • Staff will provide an overview and seek City Council comment and direction regarding two separate zoning code development standards: residential height and massing standards and restrictions on residential additions when existing homes do not provide the required off-street parking.
      • New ideas to reduce On-Street Parking Impacts Due to Construction Activities
        • Staff will provide an update, including input received from additional public outreach, and seek further City Council direction on potential code changes to address residential street parking impacted by construction
      • City Emergency Council Update
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Note: the draft minutes for the previous meeting (agenda Item 1) are being presented, for the first time ever, with the written record of public comments on all items reduced to a list of names and “see video for further details.” The written record of Council member comments is similarly reduced, in that case to a list of topics mentioned, without, for the most part, any indication of who said what. Those concerned should contact the Council about the propriety of this change.
      • Adoption of Ordinance Setting Time Limits to Complete Construction
      • Initiation of clean-up amendments to Zoning Code and Coastal Program Implementation Plan
      • Selection of projects on which to spend Gas Tax funds
      • Contracts for:  playground improvements, slurry seal program, weed abatement, engineering and landscape architecture services and a new land management system.
      • Join new Joint Powers Authority governing Orange County Housing Finance Trust (to build shelters/housing for homeless)
      • Hearing on Community Development Block Grant draft Action Plan for FY2019-20
      • Adopt City position opposing a proposed state “Drinking Water Tax”

May 2019

May 1 @ 5:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

  • Look for agenda here
    • Note: this is a continuation of the “Special Meeting” on the same subject held on April 17.
    • The Airport Commission is expected to review and make a recommendation regarding the EIR and project alternatives for the General Aviation Improvement Program.  Their recommendation is expected to go to the Board of Supervisors on May 7.

May 1 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
  • The Committee will meet to review the five proposals received from outside consultants interested in conducting the “Listen and Lean” phase of the General Plan Update process, and possibly choose ones to interview in the following week.

May 6 @ 5:00 am – Comments due on Ford Road Residential project

  • Opportunity to comment on environmental impacts of proposed 21-unit residential building adjacent to Bonita Canyon Sports Park.
  • A “Mitigated Negative Declaration” is being circulated.
  • See City’s project page for details of this proposal, which would require a General Plan amendment to be built.

May 7 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

  • Look for agenda here
    • As Item 20 on the agenda and supplement, John Wayne Airport staff is asking the Board of Supervisors to certify the EIR for the General Aviation Improvement Program.  County staff is further recommending they choose one of the alternatives, which will affect the future number of unregulated jets flying over Newport Beach.
    • SPON and the City hope to see the minimal changes of Alternative 3, but JWA staff seems to be lobbying for the much more impactful Alternative 1.
    • Follow the links to make your voice heard!

May 9 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Request for after-the-fact approval of medical office, short three required parking spaces, at 20271 Birch Street
    • Correction of “error” in Zoning Code required to approve “Mesa Town Homes” project at corner of Santa Ana and Mesa Drive
    • Use permit to allow plastic surgery center in office park at 20331 Irvine Avenue

May 11 @ 9:30 am to noon – SPON 2019 Annual Meeting
Environmental Nature Center, 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach

  • Join us in our free annual brunch.
  • This years highlights include a celebration of Newport Bay Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary and an airport update from Council member Jeff Herdman (see PDF program)!

RSVP here

May 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: Joint Meeting with Finance Committee
    • Review of the Proposed Fiscal Year 2019-20 Operating Budget
  • 5:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
    • City Emergency Council Update (continued from April 23)
  • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
    • Appointments to the Homeless Task Force
    • Initiate amendment process for changes to codes regarding Residential Massing and Beach Cottage Preservation
    • Contracts for Junior Lifeguard Building Design, Painting Services, Plant Healthcare Services, Video Production Services for Junior Lifeguard program and Collection of Delinquent Accounts
    • Revisions to Council Policy regarding donations and naming rights
    • Adoption of the 2019 Water Master Plan
    • Approve Conceptual Design for Grant Howald Park Rehabilitation Project

May 15 @ 5:30 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
  • The Committee will publicly interview three of the the five consultants who expressed interest in conducting the “Listen and Lean” phase of the General Plan Update process.
  • Depending the results of the interviews, it may recommend one to the City Council or start the search process over.

May 21 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

*** POSTPONED to JUNE 25 ***

May 22 – Last day to comment on City’s Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

  • This document, required by 2013’s AB 691, is being circulated for public comment.

May 23 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Encroachment permit for planters in public right-of-way at 2404 Cliff Dr.
    • Request for variances to construct duplex at 358 Dahlia Place, reducing required setback along Bayside Drive from 20 ft to 8 ft and increasing allowed floor area.
    • Request for variances to exceed normal height limits in connection with construction of new 10,803 square-foot single-family residence at 1113 Kings Rd (replacing a 3,000 square foot one).

May 28 – 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
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Review of the Proposed Fiscal Year 2019-20 Capital Improvement Program Budget
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Introduction of ordinance making code amendments to restrict construction on Saturdays in areas of the community which are the most impacted by construction. and to require projects with construction fencing in those areas to post a project information sign to identify the primary contact person responsible for the project.
      • Initiation of code amendments to apply R-1 and R-2 development standards to single-family homes and duplexes built in RM (multi-family) zones
      • Resolutions of intent to renew assessments for Corona del Mar and Restaurant Association business improvement districts.
      • Award of contracts for surveying and fee study.
      • Setting June 11 as hearing date for adoption of budget
      • Authorize new letter regarding City’s changed position General Aviation improvement Program
      •  Appeal of Harbor Commission’s Decision regarding 939 Via Lido Soud Residential Dock Reconfiguration

May 29 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
    • On May 15, the Steering Committee tentatively selected a “Listen & Learn” consultant (Kearns & West) for recommendation to the Council
    • On May 29 they will learn about Kearns & West’s cost proposal and discuss the desired scope of work with City staff.

May 30 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

June 2019

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

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Request to add patio dining (with liquor service) to Sessions Sandwiches.
    • Request to increase occupancy limit for Stag Bar from 207 to 260 persons (item to be continued to June 20 meeting)

June 10 @ 4:00 pm – Homeless Task Force Committee Meeting
Civic Center – Crystal Cove Conference Room (Bay 2D)

  • Look for agenda here
  • Inaugural meeting of committee composed of three City Council Members and seven community members.
  • This meeting will focus on reviewing the legal parameters of the homeless issue, educating the committee on the City’s current homeless strategy and what potential temporary housing options, and funding sources, there may be in Newport Beach and surrounding communities.

June 10 @ 4:30 pm – Aviation Committee
Newport Beach Central Library – Friends Meeting Room (1000 Avocado Avenue) 

June 11 – 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)
      • Short-term lodgings ordinance
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Introduce ordinance correcting “error” in Zoning Code required to approve “Mesa Town Homes” project at corner of Santa Ana and Mesa Drive (allowing attached, as well as detached, units)
      • Adopt ordinance prohibiting construction on Saturday and requiring signage in parts of City
      • Approve annual Measure M2 – program eligibility Submittal
      • Adopt resolution authorizing the temporary closure of selected streets for the July 4th holiday period
      • Adopt resolutions of intention to renew CdM and Restaurant Business Improvement Districts and form ad hoc committee to make recommendations regarding their future
      • Approve of agreement for purchase and installation of 425 catch basin Connector Pipe Screens
      • Approve contract for General Liability insurance administration
      • Presentation of tentative labor agreements with the Part Time Employees Association of Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Fire Management Association
      • Appoint members to Aviation Committee
      • Confirm nominees for appointment to Boards and Commissions
      • Adopt Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
      • Approve issuance of $75 million bond by developers of Harbor Pointe Senior Living

June 18 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

June 20 @ 1:00-2:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting (<– note special day & time)
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

June 20 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Harbor Day School renovation proposal
    • Request to increase occupancy limit for Stag Bar from 207 to 260 persons (121 Mc Fadden Place, continued from June 4 meeting)
    • 10 year extension of Hoag Hospital development agreement
    • Ho Sum Bistro conditional use permit (3112 Newport Boulevard)

June 25 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

  • Look for the agenda here
    • The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to continue considering the certification of the EIR for the General Aviation Improvement Program and the selection of a project.
    • The matter appears as Item 45, with no obviously new material.
    • It will be a continuation of Item 20 from the May 7 agenda. — originally scheduled for May 21, but postponed at the request of airport staff.
    • The video of the previous meeting can be viewed here.
    • While the June 25 meeting is in progress, a live stream of it can be viewed at the same link.
    • It’s important to let the Supervisors know what you think.  Those who cannot attend in person can submit comments by email to response@ocgov.com with a subject line such as “Comments for June 25 Board meeting — JWA GAIP.”

June 25 – 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
    • 5:30 pm: City Council Closed Session
      • Private discussion of possible initiation of litigation
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Adopt ordinance correcting “error” in Zoning Code required to approve “Mesa Town Homes” project at corner of Santa Ana and Mesa Drive
      • Approval of employment contract terms with Part Time Employees Association and Fire Management Association
      • Contract for General Plan Update “listen and learn” consultant (Kearns & West)
      • Library meeting room policy
      • Lido Marina Village Farmer’s Market License Agreement
      • Approval of Special Event Support Funding for Fiscal Year 2019-20
      • Approval of $40,000 Support (each) for the Balboa Village Merchants Association and Balboa Island Marketing, Inc.
      • Reconsideration of previous decision regarding 939 Via Lido Soud Residential Dock Reconfiguration
      • Renewal of levy for Corona del Mar and Newport Beach Restaurant Association Business Improvement Districts for Fiscal Year 2019-20
      • Annual Appointments to Boards and Commissions
      • Authorize issuance of bonds to fund Underground Utility Assessment Districts No. 116 and 116-B
      • Direct Harbor Commission to consider update of Policy H-1 (Harbor Permit Policy)
      • Consider addition of one Full-Time Police Officer Position
      • Declare July 6 as Benjamin M. Carlson Day

June 27 @ 3:00 pm – Finance Committee Meeting 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Crystal Cove Conference Room (Bay D, 2nd floor)

  • See agenda here
    • Committee to discuss new water rate study, and possible need to increase rates charged by City.

June 28 @ 10:00 am – Community Workshop on Vote Centers
Friends Room  (Central Library, 1000 Avocado)

  • See City announcement here
    • Orange County Registrar of Voters to inform residents about new system to be used in next year’s elections, eliminating traditional election day precinct voting.

July 2019

July 9 @ 7:00 pm – 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
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (no Study Session)
      • Introduction of Ordinance to Allow Homeowners’ Associations to Opt Out of the Saturday Construction Noise Restrictions and Project Signage Requirements
      • Acceptance of $25,000 Grant Funds from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from Education and Enforcement
      • Increase of On-Street Parking Time Limit on Coast Highway within the Corona del Mar Commercial District from One Hour to Two Hours
      • Formation of an Ad Hoc Committee on Short Term Lodging and Design Committee for the Proposed Newport Beach Library Lecture Hall
      • Appointments to Finance and Aviation Committees
      • Contracts for City Water Well Rehabilitation, Weed Abatement and Asphalt Repair
      • Agreements for School Resource Officer Program and for 10-year loan of a state fire engine in return for responding to out-of-area incidents
      • Consideration of ten-year extension of Hoag Hospital Development Agreement protecting right to build approximately 450,000 square feet of new structures in return for annual payment of $300,000 to organizations addressing homelessness.

July 10 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
Embassy Suites Hotel, San Luis Obispo

  • Agenda here
  • Item 26a on the Wednesday agenda is a public hearing on the City’s request to amend its Local Coastal Program to allow homeowners abutting the beach along the Balboa Peninsula from 1400 E. Oceanfront to Channel Road to encroach up to  15 feet onto the beach, similar to what is currently allowed in parts of West Newport.  Coastal Commission staff is recommending denial of the request and possible imposition of fines if existing encroachments are not removed.
  • Item 26b is a routine item to postpone for up to a year a hearing on the City’s request to add a Parking Management Overly District to the Implementation Plan for for the Balboa Village area.

July 11 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

July 16 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

July 17 @ 4:00 pm – Balboa Village Advisory Committee
Marina Park – 1600 W. Balboa Blvd

  • Look for agenda here
    • A previously announced presentation and discussion regarding plans for a Palm Street public parking structure does not seem to be happening at this meeting

July 17 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting  (expected, but not been held)

  • Look for agenda here
    • On June 25, the City Council approved Kearns & West as the City’s “Listen & Learn” consultant.
    • At this meeting, the Steering Committee was expected to flesh out the details of the initial stages of the consultant’s scope of work.  However, the meeting was not held.

July 18 @ 4:00 pm – Airport Land Use Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

July 18 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Expected but not scheduled: variance request for Sagemodern Live/Work at 502 and 504 W. Balboa Blvd (PA2018-232)
    • Vivante Senior Housing: PC to make recommendation to City Council regarding approval of 153-bed, 6-story senior assisted living and memory care facility on the former Orange County Museum of Art property in Newport Center (Fashion Island), requiring a General Plan Amendment

July 22 @ 4:00 pm – Homeless Task Force Committee Meeting
Newport Beach Central Library – Friends Meeting Room (1000 Avocado Avenue) 

  • Look for agenda here
  • Second meeting of committee composed of three City Council Members and seven community members.

July 22 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

July 23 – 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
      • Overview of the state-mandated organic waste recycling requirements
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Second reading of ordinance to allow Home Owner Associations to “opt-out” of recent ordinance banning Saturday construction and requiring contact information signage on construction fencing in certain “high density” areas.
      • Second reading of ordinance approving 10-year extension of Development Agreement with Hoag Hospital.
      • Amending scope of the Business Improvement District Ad Hoc Committee to “Local Business Advancement”
      • Contract for sewer and storm drain rehabilitation, contract with former Mayor Tom Edwards for airport issues consulting and contract with Assistant Chief Jeff Boyles as new Fire Chief
      • Purchase of utility undergrounding credits from other cities
      • Report of grants dispensed by Council persons in Fiscal Year 2018-2019
      • Required report on drinking water standard exceedances
      • Annual report from Newport Beach & Company / Visit Newport Beach

July 31 @ 10:00 am – Library Lecture Hall Design Committee 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Newport Coast Conference Room (Bay E – 2nd Floor)

  • Agenda here
    • Inaugural meeting of Mayor-appointed group tasked by City Council Resolution No. 2019-70 with overseeing the construction of a lecture hall adjacent to the Central Library, apparently to the exclusion of the Board of Library Trustees.
    • Their initial job is to recommend an architect to the City Council.

July 31 @ 10:30 am – Hearing Officer
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Newport Beach Conference Room (Bay B – 1st Floor)

  • Agenda here
    • “Reasonable accommodation” request for an over-height front yard hedge at 101 Via Undine (Lido Isle) to provide privacy for disabled occupant (PA2019-050)

August 6 @ 6:00 pm – Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here
    • Hear presentation regarding role of Irvine Ranch Conservancy
    • Formulate recommendation to City Council regarding a conceptual design for Lower Sunset View Park developed by staff in consultation with a private PB&R Ad Hoc Committee and a staff-appointed City Council Working Group (membership unknown) and with community outreach conducted under contract by former Council member Tony Petros
    • Review proposed changes to City Council Policy B-17 (currently suspended), regarding Parks, Facilities and Recreation Program Donations and recognition of donors (for example, on benches)
    • Consider annual request for temporary night lighting of Bonita Canyon Sports Park soccer fields
    • Consider two tree removal requests

August 8 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Variance request for Sagemodern Live/Work at 502 and 504 W. Balboa Blvd (PA2018-232)
    • The Dock (Conditional Use Permit Amendment for full liquor service) at 2816 Lafayette Ave (PA2019-075)
    • Expected but not happening: Office building/parking structure (Modification Permit & Coastal Development Permit) at 215 Riverside Dr. – site of the abandoned Nesai Restuarant site (PA2019-023)

August 13 – 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: Newport Beach Public Facilities Corporation
      • Annual meeting of City Council as directors overseeing Civic Center bonds
    • 4:10 pm: City Council Study Session
      • 2019 Water Rate Study — seeking direction on rate structure for next five years
      • Marine Avenue Trees Maintenance — plans for caring for or replace trees on the main commercial street of Balboa Island
    • Closed session (immediately after Study Session)
      • After inviting public comment, the Council will be going behind closed doors to decide if they should pay to file an “amicus curiae” brief in the City of Boise’s pending request to have the U.S. Supreme Court review the decision in the case of Robert Martin v. City of Boise, which has prohibited cities from enforcing anti-camping laws against the indigent if the city has no place else (such as a homeless shelter) to offer them to sleep.
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Contracts for Cameo Highlands Street reconstruction design, Lido Isle water mains replacement,  beach refuse collection, payment for sewer flows to Costa Mesa, generator and streetlight maintenance, storm drain cleaning, park and beach restroom cleaning and replacement of tsunami warning sirens.
      • Community program grants to eight organizations, totaling $67,000.
      • Appointment to fill vacancy on City Arts Commission
      • Hearing on Council member Brenner’s call for review of Planning Commission’s March 21 approval of the 4-story Mesa Drive Town Homes development on a currently low-rise corner of Santa Ana Heights near the Santa Ana County Club.
      • Hearing to consider approval of Vivante Senior Housing proposal at site formerly considered for Museum House.

August 15 @ 6:00 pm – Community Meeting — Peninsula Point Encroachments
Marina Park (1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

August 19 @ 6:00 pm – Community Meeting – Residential Design Standards
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • Information here
    • City staff is expected to discuss proposed changes to residential design standards regarding third floors, cottage preservation, and single-family/duplex construction in the multifamily zone.
    • This is a follow-up to the April 23, 2019, City Council study session (Item SS5) on cottage preservation and residential height and massing.

August 20 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

August 20 @ 4:00 pm – Homeless Task Force 
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
    • In this third meeting of the committee, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District will report on how it serves homeless youth and the City’s contractor, City Net, will be reporting on its July activities. The subcommittees appointed at the previous meeting will also be presenting their first progress reports for discussion by the whole committee.

August 21 @ 5:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

  • Look for agenda here
    • As Item 4 on its agenda, the Airport Commission will be review JWA staff’s allocation of flights among the various commercial air carriers (including commuters).
    • In an effort to encourage a change, JWA staff suggests allowing JetSuiteX 200,000 commuter passengers in 2020 if they move their operations to the main airport terminal. They would be limited to 95,070 passengers if they choose to continue operating out the ACI Jet facility on the tarmac.
    • The Airport Commission’s recommendation will be going to the Board of Supervisors on September 10.

August 22 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Modification Permit and Coastal Development Permit to replace the existing building at 215 Riverside Drive in Mariners Mile village – site of the abandoned Nesai Restuarant – with a two-level parking structure and small office to serve the adjacent “Garden” shopping center (PA2019-023)
    • Proposal to convert uses of office building at southwest corner of Avocado and PCH to all medical with an 18 space parking wavier (PA2019-101)
    • Proposal to add “transfer of development rights” provisions to Local Coastal Progam (PA2019-154)

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

Note: The City Council last met on August 13.  It will not be holding its normal second monthly meeting in August. Its next meeting will be on September 10.

August 29 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

September 2019

September 3 @ 6:00 pm – Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here
    • The Commission will be making a decision staff’s proposal to remove up to 10 trees from Marine Avenue, the main commercial street on Balboa Avenue.
      • The proposal was previously reviewed by the City Council at a very well attended and contentious August 13 study session.  PB&R’s decision could be appealed to them.

September 4 @ 4:00 pm – City Council special meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here
      • The City Council will be holding a special Closed Session (public not allowed to observe) to instruct the City Manager on the price and terms of payment it would be willing to consider for the lease of three possible locations for a temporary homeless shelter. See City News Splash about this, as well as the City Manager’s special edition of The Week in Review, which provides additional information on her homeless efforts. The three locations being considered are (see map):
      • Note: as originally posted, the agenda did not provide an opportunity for the Council to discuss anything about this matter in public.  The agenda has been amended to precede the closed session with an open Council business item discussion of “Issues Related to People Experiencing Homelessness in the City of Newport Beach” in which the public can participate.

September 4 @ 5:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

  • Agenda here
    • As Item 2 on their agenda, the Commission will be reviewing the Request for Proposals to be issued seeking private parties to lease airport property to develop and operate the controversial General Aviation Improvement Program.
    • The five Commissioners are appointed by the individual County Supervisors. They typically review items prior to the Board meetings and make recommendations to the members who appointed them.
    • The same item has been noticed as Item 18 on the Supervisors’ September 10 agenda.

September 5 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission – CANCELLED

September 8 @ 4:00 – 7:00 pm – Newport Bay Conservancy 50th Anniversary Event
Muth Interpretive Center – 2301 University Drive

September 10 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

  • Agenda here
    • As Item 18 on the discussion agenda, the Board will be deciding whether and to whom to send the Request for Proposals from private vendors seeking to lease, develop and operate airport property in furtherance of the General Aviation Improvement Program at John Wayne Airport.
    • Earlier on the agenda, as Item 4 on the Consent Calendar, the Board is expected to approve JWA staff’s passenger allocations to the commercial carriers for the 2020 calendar year.
    • Comments may be submitted through the Board’s agenda website.

September 10 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda available here
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Update on possible code amendments addressing Third Floor Mass, Beach Cottage Preservation and single-family development in the Multifamily Residential Zone
        • For reference, see presentation from the City’s August 19, 2019, Residential Design Standards community workshop
      • Followed by a closed session at which Council will privately instruct the City Manager as to the possible price to pay to buy the City’s current animal shelter site at 20302 Riverside Drive in West Santa Ana Heights
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Adoption of ordinances approving zoning changes and development agreement for Vivante Senior Living project
      • Resolution for Newport Shores Community Association to opt out of Saturday construction ban and signage requirement in high density areas
      • Zoning Code and LCP amendment initiation regarding hedge heights on Lido Isle
      • Contracts for “vehicle customization and upfitting,” solid waste consulting, on-call electrical repair services, roll-up door maintenance, Superior Avenue bridge environmental consulting, temporary fire station site rental and “Navigator” printing.
      • Review PB&R decision on Marine Avenue trees (consent calendar receive & file item)
      • Hearing on SPON appeal of 1113 Kings Road variance request (for large replacement residence over height limit at several spots – click link for details)
      • Annual Community Development Block Grant report
      • Update to City Council Policy F-27 on Distribution of Tickets and Passes and Policy B-17 on Parks, Facilities and Recreation Program Donations
      • First reading of revisions to solid waste ordinances to align with state-required programs

September 11 @ 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Office Hours with Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill
Newport Coast Community Center  (6401 San Joaquin Hills Rd.)

  • Announcement here
    • Monthly chance to discuss City issues in a walk-in group format with the only Council member who holds regular “office hours.”

September 11-13 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

September 12 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Marina Park (1600 W. Balboa Blvd – 2nd Floor, Bay Island Room)

  • Look for agenda here
    • According to the City Manager’s August 23 The Week in Review, at this meeting “staff will be confirming the objectives of the outreach program, seeking input on an outline of the outreach program including a community-wide launch event tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019, and asking for direction related to branding and messaging for the efforts. “
    • SPON was summarized the key take-aways from its own General Plan Update Workshops, held Nov. 2017 through Jan. 2019, and based on those has made a series of recommendations to the City’s Steering Committee. See them here:

September 12 @ 6:30 p.m. – Mariners / Dover Shores Neighborhood Traffic Calming Study – Town Hall
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • Announcement here
    • The Public Works Department will be presenting a plan it has developed to calm traffic in the Dover Shores area and seeking community feedback on it.

September 16 @ 6:00 p.m. – Short Term Lodgings Ordinance meeting
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

September 17 @ 4:00 pm – Homeless Task Force 
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

September 18 @ 2:00-3:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

September 18 @ 4:00 pm – Balboa Village Advisory Committee — CANCELLED
Marina Park  (1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

September 18 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

September 19 @ 8:30 am to 4:00 pm – Library Lecture Hall Design Committee meeting
City Hall (100 Civic Center Drive – Crystal Cove Conference Room, Bay D, 2nd Floor)

  • Look for agenda here
    • The City Council has tentatively committed $550,000 (CIP Project No. 19F11) toward the design and permitting of a $7 million lecture hall in the Central Library parking lot, near Avocado, primarily (it appears) for use by the Newport Beach Library Foundation to hold its Witte Lectures.
    • Rather than working through the Board of Library Trustees, the Council has appointed this independent committee to oversee the project.
    • They will be spending the day interviewing four potential architects who responded to an earlier Request for Proposals.  The four interviewees will be:
      • Rob Wellington Quigley
      • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
      • Sander Architects and Mithun | Hodgetts + Fung
      • Robert R. Coffee Architect + Associates
    • The one architect with the most auditorium design experience, John Sergio Fisher and Associates, was rejected at the Committee’s August 19 meeting for a perceived “lack of enthusiasm.”

September 19 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Kim Residence Encroachments at 104 Via Orvieto (PA2019-146)
    • Appeal of Sheehy Residence CDP at 2495 Ocean Blvd (PA2017-179)
    • Verizon telecom facility (faux eucalyptus tree) at 1600 E. Coast Hwy. (PA2018-010)

September 23 @ 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:
      • Updates on City initiatives
      • Updates from JWA Noise & Access staff
      • Formation of sub-committees to work with staff on various issues

September 24 – 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
      • Nonconforming Signs
      • Neighborhood Circulator (“micro-transit”) discussion
      • Southern California Edison’s Wildfire Mitigation Plan and Public Safety
        Power Shutoff program
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Adopt Ordinance related to trash collection and State Mandated Municipal Solid Waste Diversion Programs
      • Authorize Application for Housing and Community Development SB 2 Planning Grants Program and Accept an Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
      • Adopt Memorandum of Understanding with the Newport Beach Lifeguard Management Association
      • Approve contracts for Street and Alley Pavement Repair Project. Water Transmission Main Valves Replacement. Transportation Engineering Services, HVAC Maintenance and Repair, On-Call Roadway Sign and Striping Maintenance, Water Well and Water Pump Station Maintenance Services, Environmental Services for the Proposed Newport Village Mixed-Use Project, Junior Lifeguard Uniform Apparel
      • Initiate Proposition 218 process to increase water rates, with hearing possible on November 19
      • Actions to allow construction and operation of a temporary emergency shelter for homeless individuals (“Project”) at the City of Newport Beach Corporate Yard located at 592 Superior Avenue (see notice)
      • Resolution to authorize Sign and Messaging Program to Discourage Panhandling
      • Formation of a Marine Avenue Preservation Committee
      • Design concept for new “Lido” Fire Station on the Peninsula (continued)

September 25 @ 5:00 p.m. – EIR Scoping for Newport Dunes Hotel
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

September 25 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers  (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • See agenda here.
  • The Committee will be discussing the likely Regional Housing Needs Assessment (“RHNA”) allocations for Newport Beach for the next eight year planning cycle, as well as plans for the October 26 launch event for the GPU “Listen & Learn” activity.

September 26 @ 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
    • Application to replace three duplexes spanning  two multi-family harborfront lots in Lido Village (at 3312-3318, 3322 and 3324 Via Lido) with a large single family home. Coastal Commission staff has written expressing concern about the loss of residential density (PA2019-100).
    • Demolition of four-unit structure at 365 Via Lido Soud and replacement with two vacant sub-standard width lots (PA2019-085).
    • New home at  2642 Crestview Drive (PA2019-151).
    • Conversion of under-construction duplex at 515 36th Street to separate-ownership condominiums (PA2019-096).
    • Sign Program for Jaguar/Land Rover Auto Center at 1540 Jamboree Road (PA2019-118).
    • Annual Review of the Newport Harbor Lutheran Church’s compliance with Development Agreement No. 10.

October 3 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting) – also see notices
    • Presentation on future Regional Housing Needs Assessment (“RHNA“) numbers
    • Approval of off-site parking arrangements to accommodate continued operation from Mariners Mile of two existing charter boats with capacities of 51 and 141, for a total of 192 passengers and crew. The plan includes weekday parking at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church on Dover Drive and weekend parking in the A’maree’s parking lot on Coast Highway. The public notice of the hearing confusing attributes the parking to a new 295-passengers/crew vessel.  (Hornblower Yachts, PA2019-143)
    • Note: the following item was expected to return from the August 22 meeting, but according the staff report it is being continued yet again, to October 17:
      • Modification Permit and Coastal Development Permit to replace the existing building at 215 Riverside Drive in Mariners Mile village – site of the abandoned Nesai Restuarant – with a two-level parking structure and small office to serve the adjacent “Garden” shopping center, including a new restaurant whose details have not yet been revealed (PA2019-023)

October 7 @ 9:00 am to 5:30 pm – Coastal Resilience Workshop
Beckman CenterUC Irvine (100 Academy Way)

  • Announcement here
    • Fifth annual free all-day workshop on strategies for coping with sea level rise
    • This year’s theme:  “Toward a Sustainable 21st Century – Planning and Implementing Resilient Solutions in Coastal California”
    • Likely includes free lunch, but announcement now says “Event Full.”

October 8 @ 8:00 am to 10:00 pm – Library Lecture Hall Design Committee meeting
City Hall (100 Civic Center Drive – Crystal Cove Conference Room, Bay D, 2nd Floor)

  • Look for agenda here
    • The City Council has tentatively committed $550,000 (CIP Project No. 19F11) toward the design and permitting of a $7 million lecture hall in the Central Library parking lot, near Avocado, primarily (it appears) for use by the Newport Beach Library Foundation to hold its Witte Lectures.
    • Based on earlier interviews, the Committee will likely be selecting one of the following two architects to recommend to the City Council
      • Sander Architects and Mithun | Hodgetts + Fung
      • Robert R. Coffee Architect + Associates

October 8 – 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
      • Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Update
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Commitment to completing Superior Avenue Overcross Bridge project.
      • Approval of 15-year banking agreement with J.P. Morgan Chase.
      • Contracts for Civic Center sculpture garden management and for insurance broker services.
      • Reports from a subcommittee of the Finance Committee on the City’s existing leases for residential uses on public property at the Beacon Bay tract, and from the City Manager/Finance Department on grants and donations accepted in the most recent quarter.
      • Approval of asking California Coastal Commission to add provisions to the Local Coastal Plan to allow the transfer of development rights between property owners.
      • Acceptance of annual gift from the Newport Beach Library Foundation.
      • Acceptance of $500,000 state grant to assist funding the Civic Center sculpture garden.

October 9 @ 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Office Hours with Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill
Newport Coast Community Center  (6401 San Joaquin Hills Rd.)

  • Announcement here
    • Monthly chance to discuss City issues in a walk-in group format with the only Council member who holds regular “office hours.”

October 10 @ 3:00 pm – Finance Committee Meeting 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Crystal Cove Conference Room (Bay D, 2nd floor)

  • See agenda here
    • The City’s seven-member Finance Committee will meet for the first time since June.
    • Topics include:
      • Discussion of properties the City leases for less than fair market value
      • Status of audits of tax payments made by lodging and charter boat operators, as well as initiation of an internal audit program
      • Policies for potential review in the coming year
      • Report on the city’s contribution to the economics of Orange County
      • Unveiling on a “pension primer” written by Committee member Larry Tucker

October 14 @ 6:00 pm – City Council Ad Hoc Committee on Election Reform
Friends Room  (Central Library, 1000 Avocado)

  • See announcement here (includes link to proposed code amendments)
    • This committee will be meeting in public (which it doesn’t normally do) to seek input on its proposals for election reform.

October 14 @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Short Term Lodging Ordinance Town Hall
Carroll Beek Community Center (115 Agate Ave Balboa Island — close to Ferry Landing)

October 15 @ 4:00 pm – Homeless Task Force 
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
    • The Task Force will be hearing a report from the City of Anaheim and about the costs of homelessness as well as progress reports from its various subcommittees.

October 16 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (special time)
Details available on request.

October 16 @ 3:30 pm – Balboa Village Advisory Committee (not held – postponed due to lack of quorum)
Marina Park  (1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

  • Look for agenda here
    • BVAC will hear a presentation regarding plans for a Palm Street parking structure (rescheduled from September 18). The entity now operating in the former Fun Zone buildings as Ocean Quest has an option to lease the public lot (see contract C-5993). They also have a seat on BVAC.

October 16 @ 5:30 pm – Bayside Family Resort Hotel (Newport Dunes)

  • Deadline to submit comments on topics to be covered in the Environmental Impact Report
  • See the Notice of Preparation for details on how to submit comments, and the Initial Study to see the topics the consultant already plans to address.

October 16 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers  (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here.
  • Expected topics:
    • Finalizing plans for the launch event for the GPU “Listen & Learn” activity — scheduled for October 26.
    • Update on General Plan Diagnostic and Educational Materials being prepared for distribution.
    • Presentation on difference between General Plan Policies vs. Zoning Code Regulations

October 17 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • 215 Riverside Drive neighborhood flyer

      Return of applications for Modification Permit and Coastal Development Permit to replace the existing building at 215 Riverside Drive in Mariners Mile village – site of the abandoned Nesai Restuarant – with a two-level parking structure and small office to serve the adjacent “Garden” shopping center, including a new restaurant whose full details have not yet been revealed (PA2019-023)

      • See the flyer at right, being distributed by some concerned neighbors
    • Return of appeal of Sheehy Residence CDP at 2495 Ocean Blvd (PA2017-179)
    • Recommendation on proposed Beach Cottage Preservation amendments to Zoning Code and Local Coastal Program (see notice of availability for LCP details)
    • Presentation on Regional Housing Needs Assessment (state-mandated housing quotas for the 2021-2019 planning period)

October 22 – 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
      • Presentation by Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley on the new Vote Center model for elections in Orange County.
      • Presentation from Fire Department about wildland fire fuel reduction and hazard mitigation efforts in Newport Coast, Buck Gully and Corona del Mar
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Initiation of code amendment extending time to remove non-conforming signs
      • Contracts for janitorial services, median and roadside landscape maintenance, pump station upgrades, planning services, hearing officer services and agree with Irive for traffic signal synchronization
      • Approval of design concept for new “Lido” Fire Station on the Peninsula (continued from 9/24 meeting, where it was to have been Item 21)
      • Approval of Cultural Arts Grants
      • Annual review of the Visit Newport Beach Audited Financial Statements and Expenditure Report
      • Annual review of Sober Living by the Sea Zoning Agreement (PA2010-150)
      • Approval of concept plan for redevelopment of Lower Sunset View Park (including a dog park) and construction of a bike/pedestrian bridge across Superior to Sunset Ridge Park (previously heard by PB&R as Item VI.B on Aug. 6, 2019).
      • Acceptance of $500,000 state grant to assist funding the Civic Center sculpture garden (continued from October 8)

October 24 @ 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 Irvine Company’s development agreement for Newport Center.
    • Permits for three single family homes and one duplex project in the Coastal Zone.

October 26 @ 9:00 am to 10:30 am – District 6 Town Hall
Corona del Mar Fire Station  (410 Marigold Ave.)

  • Announcement here
    • Council member Joy Brenner will be holding her first community town hall meeting to discuss items of special interest to residents in “her” district.
    • Expected topics:
      • Proposed Changes to Short-term Lodging
      • Proposed Residential Design Standards
      • City’s Efforts to Address Homelessness
      • Proposed Water Rate Increases
      • Buck Gully Fire Hazard Zone
      • Utility Undergrounding
      • City’s General Plan Update
      • Shopping Locally
    • For reference regarding possible changes to the City’s Short Term Lodging ordinance, see:

October 26 @ 11:00 am to 3:00 pm – General Plan Update – Community-wide Launch Event
City Hall lawn (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Being promoted by the consultant as a “Community Fair” with games and free hamburgers (for the first 200), this will actually by the launch of the General Plan Update “Listen & Learn” process.
  • The purpose of the “Listen & Learn” is to develop a wish list of improvements to the General Plan. Based on that, a large General Plan Advisory Committee, of citizens to be appointed next year, will make recommendations to the Council as which of those to incorporate, and how.
  • The event is announced on the new GPU website and on the following flyer:
    Flyer for October 26 GPU Launch Event

    Flyer for October 26 GPU Launch Event

    October 28 @ 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:
        • History of Next Gen at John Wayne Airport
        • Developing a Vision Statement for Aviation Committee
        • Altitude Study
        • Plans for Washington D.C. Advocacy Trip
        • Reports from subcommittees on government relations and technical matters/departures

October 30 @ 9:00 am – Noon – New Parking Meter Selection and Demonstration
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Bay C (1st Floor)

  • See announcement
    • City staff is seeking input on two vendors’ proposed new parking meter and pay station styles
    • Their equipment will be available to try and comment on

October 30 @ 6:00 pm – Marine Activities Permit Revisions Review
Marina Park  (1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

  • Announcement here
    • As the final piece of their comprehensive review of possible revisions to the City’s Harbor Code, a subcommittee of the Harbor Commission will be publicly discussing and seeking input on changes to the code governing the Marine Activities Permits issued for charter boat and other commercial activities in Newport Harbor.

November 5 – 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
    • 5:30 pm: City Council Closed Session (deliberations not open to public)
      • Property negotiations for lease or purchase of homeless shelter sites
      • Lawsuit filed against City by Police Association
      • Performance evaluation of City Manager
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Resolutions adopting a new “legislative platform” (authorizing Mayor to issue statements taking positions on issues listed) and supporting the “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2020” (statewide ballot initiative 17-0044)
      • Contract for Workers’ Compensation claims administration
      • Reports on Measure M2 spending, Development Impact Fees and Development Agreements
      • Introduction of ordinances adopting  state Building and Fire Codes (Title 9 & 15, happens every three years and includes local amendments) and amending water rates
      • Consideration of directing the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission to
        evaluate the feasibility of a Community Pool at Lower Castaways Park
      • Consideration of Harbor Commission recommendation regarding Council Policy H-1 (see Item 7.1 from the Commission’s October 9 agenda)
      • Consideration of Council Ad Hoc Committee on Election Reform’s suggestions for adoption of Lobbyist Registration rules and revised Campaign Contribution regulations

November 6 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

    • Look for agenda here
      • Expected topics:
        • Discussion of October 26 Launch Event and engagement activities
        • Planning for Listen & Learn workshops to be held in each Council district in November and December.
        • Discussion of timeline and drafting request for proposals for updating Housing Element by 2021.

November 7  – Planning Commission – CANCELLED

November 11 @ 5:30 pm – Developer Outreach Meeting — Mariners Mile Project
2429 West Coast Highway

  • See announcement here
    • The public relations person for the developer of the proposed Newport Village project — the plans for a major development on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway in the Mariners Mile area — has announced a community outreach meeting.
    • Follow the above link for details.

November 12 @ 4:00 pm – Homeless Task Force 
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
    • The announced topics are:
      • A report from the City of Anaheim (postponed from October meeting)
      • An update of the Homeless Task Force Goals and Objectives for 2020, including recommendations from their Education and Outreach Subcommittee
      • Progress reports from its other subcommittees

November 12 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm  – District 2 General  Plan Update Workshop
16th Street Recreation Center (870 W. 16th St — in West Newport Mesa)

  • Look for announcement here
    • “Listen & Learn” activity implementing the City’s multi-year General Plan Update process
    • In the first series of consultant-facilitated workshops, one will be held in each of the City’s seven Council districts.
    • This is the first. The remainder will be held on November 14, 18, 20, 21 and December 11 and 12.

November 12 @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm  – Wildland Fire Community Presentation
OASIS Senior Center (801 Narcissus Avenue)

  • See announcement here
    • Fire Chief Jeff Boyles and Fire Marshall Kevin Bass will be giving a presentation on hazard mitigation, vegetation management, and the proposed new Fire Code regulations.

November 13 @ 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Office Hours with Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill
Newport Coast Community Center  (6401 San Joaquin Hills Rd.)

  • Announcement here
    • Monthly chance to discuss City issues in a walk-in group format with the only Council member who holds regular “office hours.”

November 13 @ 6:00 pm – Speak Up Newport Housing Crisis Forum
Civic Center Community Room (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • According to the announcement, the City’s Community Development Director, Seimone Jurjis will be making a presentation about Newport Beach’s state-mandated requirement to zone for construction, by 2029, of 4,832 new housing units .
    • This closely related to the General Plan update.
    • The reception starts at 5:15 p.m., followed by the presentation from 6:00 to 7:00.

November 13 @ 6:00 pm – Harbor Commission Meeting
Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

    • Agenda here
      • Among other things, the Harbor Commission will be reviewing its long-running comprehensive update of the Harbor Code — more than 100 pages of redlining to the regulations in Title 17 of the Municipal Code, affecting both construction and activities.

November 14 @ 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 the Hoag Hospital Development Agreement (PA2009-064)
    • Dolphin Boat Rental Limited Term Permit and CDP at 2406 Newport Boulevard (PA2019-074)
    • Two Minor Use Permits for food-serving establishments
    • Three coastal development permits to demolish non-conforming multi-unit residences
    •  Four coastal development permits for replacement of single-family homes

November 14 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm  – District 3 General  Plan Update Workshop
Back Bay Science Center (600 Shellmaker Road – off Back Bay Drive – north of Newport Dunes)

  • Look for announcement here
    • “Listen & Learn” activity implementing the City’s multi-year General Plan Update process
    • In the first series of consultant-facilitated workshops, one will be held in each of the City’s seven Council districts.
    • This is the second. The remainder will be held on November 20, 21 and December 3, 11 and 12.

November 18 @ 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:
      • Overview of City Council Policy A-17
      • Recap of Washington D.C. trip
      • Reports from subcommittees

November 19 – 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
      •  Recommended changes to Short Term Lodging regulations
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Adoption of Campaign Reform and Building and Fire Code ordinances, second reading — see proposed ordinances.
      • Extension of duration of Local Business Advancement Committee and restructuring of Homeless Task Force
      • Contacts for concrete replacement, Bison Avenue, San Joaquin Hills Road and San Nicolas Drive pavement rehabilitation; West Coast Highway median landscaping; Newport Island Park enhancements; Document Printing, Mailing Services and Online Presentment; Balboa Yacht Basin management; new Library System Software; and SCADA system services
      • Adoption of 2019 Sewer System Management Plan Update
      • Approval of Superior Avenue/Sunset Ridge Park pedestrian bridge design — includes a new dog park (see Mitigated Negative Declaration)
      • Approval of Water Rate Increase
      • Recommendation of architect from Library Lecture Hall Design Committee

November 20 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

November 20 @ 6:00 pm – Scoping Meeting for Newport Village EIR
Civic Center – Community Room 
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Notice here
    • City staff and its consultant will be seeking public comments on issues of concern to be dealt with in the Environmental Impact Report for the Newport Village project — the plans for a major development on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway in the Mariners Mile area.

November 20 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm  – District 7 General  Plan Update Workshop
Newport Coast Community Center (6401 San Joaquin Hills Rd.)

  • Look for announcement here
    • “Listen & Learn” activity implementing the City’s multi-year General Plan Update process
    • In the first series of consultant-facilitated workshops, one will be held in each of the City’s seven Council districts.
    • This is the third. The remainder will be held on November 21 and December 11 and 12.

November 21 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm  – District 6 General  Plan Update Workshop
OASIS Senior Center (801 Narcissus Avenue)

  • Look for announcement here
    • “Listen & Learn” activity implementing the City’s multi-year General Plan Update process
    • In the first series of consultant-facilitated workshops, one will be held in each of the City’s seven Council districts.
    • This is the fourth. The remainder will be held on December 11 and 12.

November 21 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • One-Year Review of Newport Auto Center at 445 E Coast Hwy
    • Possible return of appeal of Sheehy Residence CDP at 2495 Ocean Blvd (PA2017-179)
    • Possible revised recommendation on proposed Beach Cottage Preservation amendments to Zoning Code and Local Coastal Program (tabled from Item 4 on October 17)
    • Funke Residence Variance at 536 Hazel Dr. (PA2018-042)
    • Presentation on Regional Housing Needs Assessment (state-mandated housing quotas for the 2021-2019 planning period)

December 2019

December 3 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm  – District 5 General  Plan Update Workshop
Central Library Friends Room (1000 Avocado Avenue)

  • Look for announcement here
    • “Listen & Learn” activity implementing the City’s multi-year General Plan Update process
    • In the first series of consultant-facilitated workshops, one will be held in each of the City’s seven Council districts.
    • This is the fifth. The remainder will be held on December 11 and 12.

December 4 @ 6:00 pm – Scoping Meeting for Harbor Dredgings Disposal Plan 
Central Library Friends Room (1000 Avocado Avenue)

    • See notice here
      • City staff and its consultants will be seeking public comments on the topics to be included in the Environmental Impact Report for a plan to excavate a 47-foot deep pit in Newport Harbor, between Lido Isle and Bay Island, in which to bury dredged material from elsewhere in the harbor that cannot be disposed of at sea.
      • Additional comments can be submitted in writing through January 17, 2020.

December 4 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

    • Look for agenda here
      • Expected topics:
        • Review of Listen & Learn workshops
        • Review of Request for Proposals for Housing Element Update consultant
      • Note: a meeting on this date was announced at the last GPU Steering Committee meeting, but does not year appear on the City calendar

December 5 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Lido Isle Hedge Height Amendment, Title 20 & 21 (PA2019-132)
    • Malibu Farm Expansion at 3424 Via Oporto (PA2019-057)
    • Funke Residence Variance at 536 Hazel Dr. (PA2018-042)
    • Review PC rules of procedures regarding the timing of receipt of written materials

December 9 @ 5:30 pm – Newport Village (Mariners Mile)

  • Deadline to submit comments on topics to be covered in the Environmental Impact Report
  • See the Notice of Preparation for details on how to submit comments, and see the topics the consultant already plans to address.

December 10 @ 7:00 pm – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

December 11 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm  – District 4 General  Plan Update Workshop
Bonita Creek Community Room (3010 La Vida)

  • Look for announcement here
    • “Listen & Learn” activity implementing the City’s multi-year General Plan Update process
    • In the first series of consultant-facilitated workshops, one will be held in each of the City’s seven Council districts.
    • This is the sixth. The last will be held on December 12

December 11-13 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
King Gillette Ranch 
(26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas )

  • Agenda here
    • In their Thursday, December 12, session, the Commission will be hearing three items from Newport Beach:
      • Item 14a — An appeal by two of the Commissioners regarding the demolition of a 4-unit residential structure on Lido Isle
      • Item 14b — Application to build bluff-face home in China Cove (see SPON Watch List: 2607 Ocean Blvd.)
      • Item 14c — Application from the school district to remove unpermitted fencing on the Banning Ranch property

December 12 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

December 12 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm  – District 1 General  Plan Update Workshop
Marina Park (1600 W. Balboa Boulevard)

  • Look for announcement here
    • “Listen & Learn” activity implementing the City’s multi-year General Plan Update process
    • In the first series of consultant-facilitated workshops, one will be held in each of the City’s seven Council districts.
    • This is the last.

December 18 @ 2:00-3:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

December 18  – NO SPON Board Meeting this month – they resume January 15

December 19 @ 2:00 pm – JWA GAIP proposals due

  • According the timeline on page 4 of the RFP, those seeking to lease, build and operate the new general aviation facilities at John Wayne Airport must submit their responses to the RFP by this date.
  • The timeline further specifies a 2-1/2 month evaluation period during which the proposals will be scored by a private panel, but during which the public may not be allowed to see the proposals.  The Airport Commission is expected to see the results in March 2020, and the County Supervisors in April.  Leases may be awarded in June 2020.

January 2020

January 6 @ 3:00 pm – Library Lecture Hall Design Committee meeting
City Hall (100 Civic Center Drive – Crystal Cove Conference Room, Bay D, 2nd Floor)

  • Agenda & materials here
    • This committee is tasked with making recommendations regarding the construction of a 300-seat lecture hall to be constructed near Avocado Avenue in the Central Library parking lot.
    • Their selection of an architect has been approved by the City Council, but a design has not yet been developed.
    • The meeting materials include what appear to be a set of questions from the architect, as well as a project timeline showing construction from August 2021 through August 2022.

January 6 @ 5:00 pm – City Council Ad Hoc Committee on Election Reform
Friends Room  (Central Library, 1000 Avocado)

  • See announcement here (includes link to proposed code amendments)
    • At the direction of the remainder of the Council, this committee will be meeting in public (which it doesn’t normally do) to seek further input on the lobbyist registration and reporting ordinance (see current draft) they had previously recommended. The City currently has no lobbyist registration. The committee’s proposal was up for adoption at the full City Council’s November 19 meeting, but action on it was postponed until January 28.
    • Many residents felt the proposal poorly written and ineffective. It relies on the County to register the City lobbyists, without specifying what information the County would request from them or how it would be made public.
    • If, as seems likely, the committee, based on the public input they receive, recommends any revisions to the previously-introduced text, the ordinance will need to be re-introduced.

January 8 @ 6:30 pm – Harbor Commission Meeting
Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

    • Agenda here
      • Presentation on Draft Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance.
      • Update on the Water Wheel (trash collection project in San Diego Creek feeding Back Bay).
      • Decision on proposed dock reconfiguration at 117 North Bay Front on Balboa Island.

January 9 @ 3:00 p.m. – Water Quality/Coastal Tidelands Committee
City Hall – Crystal Cove Conference Room, Bay 2D

  • Agenda here
    • Presentation and update on flood protection for Lower Newport Harbor
    • Proposed Municipal Code revisions regarding Disposable Food Service Ware
    • Setting date and time for field trip to view Santa Ana Delhi Diversion Project

January 9 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission — CANCELLED

January 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
      • Update on State Housing Mandate – Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and Proposed Action Plan
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Initiation of Zoning Code and LCP Amendments Related to State Mandated Regulations for Accessory Dwelling Unit and Junior ADU Regulations
      • Grant applications for funding for bridge over Coast Highway at Superior and Balboa Island/Corona del Mar microtransit feasibility study.
      • One-year extension of contract with Newport Beach & Company for managing NBTV.
      • Rental agreement for office space at Balboa Yacht Basin.
      • Waiver of policy to allow Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival at Peninsula Park.
      • Update on Addressing Homelessness
      • Appointment to Balboa Village Advisory Committee
      • Municipal Code amendment changing certain speed limits
      • Appointment to the Visit Newport Beach, Inc. Executive Committee
      • Request for new curb cut on Newport Island
      • Adoption of a Housing Action Plan, which includes:
        • Suspension of current General Plan Update effort
        • Lobbying state to reduce housing allocation and extend deadline for new Housing Element
        • Creation of new 9-member citizens committee to replace current General Plan Steering Committee
        • Hiring of consultant to rewrite Housing, Land Use and Circulation elements of General Plan.
        • Charter Amendment on November ballot to amend Greenlight, exempting state-mandated housing increases from the requirement for voter approval.

January 15 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

January 16 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

January 17 @ 4:30 pm – Harbor Dredgings Disposal Plan

  • Deadline to submit comments on topics to be covered in the Environmental Impact Report
  • See the Notice of Preparation for details on how to submit comments, and see the topics the consultant already plans to address.

January 21 @ 8:00 am – Library Lecture Hall Design Committee meeting
City Hall (100 Civic Center Drive – Crystal Cove Conference Room, Bay D, 2nd Floor)

  • Agenda & materials here
    • This committee is tasked with making recommendations regarding the construction of a 300-seat lecture hall to be constructed near Avocado Avenue in the Central Library parking lot.
    • They will be discussing interior layout options with the architect.

January 23 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • 24 Harbor Island wall variance (PA2019-059)
    • Zoning and Local Coastal Program (Title 20 &21 of Municipal Code) amendments regarding Residential Design Standards (third floor massing and single family development in RM zones) — previously announced, but pulled from agenda for further study of compliance with SB 330 (see next item)
    • Study Session on Two New Housing Laws: AB 881 (Accessory Dwelling Units) and SB 330 (Housing Crisis Act of 2019)

January 25 @ 9:00 a.m. to noon – City Council Annual Planning Session
Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here
  • Early each year, the Council holds a “retreat,” usually on a Saturday morning, at which it discusses and tentatively selects its goals for the rest of the calendar year. This year expect:
    • Update on the City ’s fiscal picture
    • Update on the City ’s efforts related to the Housing Element Update, John Wayne Airport, Homelessness and Refuse /Recycling Mandates
    • Update on significant capital improvement projects underway and planned
    • Possible adjustments to Council’s August and November meeting dates

January 25 – Applications due to serve on Housing Element Update Advisory Committee

  • See Notice of Vacancy
    • This new committee with nine citizen members will replace the current General Plan Update Steering Committee, which will be dissolved.
    • It was created by City Council Resolution No. 2020-06.
    • Each slot has a specific area of desired expertise associated with it.
    • Applications must be received by January 25.

January 27 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • Look for agenda here
    • Discussion of issues related to John Wayne Airport by Council-appointed citizens committee.
      • Report on information presented at Jan. 25 Council Planning Session
      • Adoption of 2020 committee priorities
      • JWA update, including posting of detailed noise information

January 28 – 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)
      • Discussion of possible Newport Heights pedestrian and bicycle circulation improvements, including adding sidewalks to portions of Tustin, Clay, Beacon and Cliff Drive.
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Adoption of Ordinance No. 2020-1, amending speed limits on certain streets.
      • Introduction of Cottage Preservation Amendment ordinance (amending Title 20 & 21), an ordinance comprehensively updating the Harbor Code (Title 17), an ordinance amending the Municipal Code to comply with SB 998, the Water Shutoff Protection Act, and a revised lobbyist registration ordinance.
      • Resolutions opposing Regional Housing Needs Assessment Allocation from SCAG, creating committees to explore opportunities for private financing of Library Lecture Hall and Junior Lifeguard building, and updating City’s Investment Policy.
      • Agreements for on-call project management, West Coast Highway landscape maintenance, Balboa Island wooden bench maintenance and for the Fostering interest in Nature (FiiN) program.

January 28 – 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)
      • Discussion of possible Newport Heights pedestrian and bicycle circulation improvements, including adding sidewalks to portions of Tustin, Clay, Beacon and Cliff Drive.
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Adoption of Ordinance No. 2020-1, amending speed limits on certain streets.
      • Introduction of Cottage Preservation Amendment ordinance (amending Title 20 & 21), an ordinance comprehensively updating the Harbor Code (Title 17), an ordinance amending the Municipal Code to comply with SB 998, the Water Shutoff Protection Act, and a revised lobbyist registration ordinance.
      • Resolutions opposing Regional Housing Needs Assessment Allocation from SCAG, creating committees to explore opportunities for private financing of Library Lecture Hall and Junior Lifeguard building, and updating City’s Investment Policy.
      • Agreements for on-call project management, West Coast Highway landscape maintenance, Balboa Island wooden bench maintenance and for the Fostering interest in Nature (FiiN) program.

January 30 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

February 2020

February 3 @ 3:00 pm – Library Lecture Hall Design Committee meeting
City Hall (100 Civic Center Drive – Crystal Cove Conference Room, Bay D, 2nd Floor)

  • Agenda & materials here
    • This committee is tasked with making recommendations regarding the construction of a 300-seat lecture hall to be constructed near Avocado Avenue in the Central Library parking lot.
    • They will be discussing interior layout options with the architect.

February 3 @ 6:30 pm – District 1 Town Hall
Marina Park
(1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

  • Announcement here
  • Although hosted by the District 1 council person, City staff makes presentations open to all
  • Topics presented will reportedly include:
    • Snowy Plover Update
    • Short Term Lodging Update
    • Concrete Streets Replacement – Central Peninsula
    • Lower Harbor Dredging
    • Updates to Title 17 (Harbor Code)
    • NBPD Update
    • Open Forum

February 5 @ 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Office Hours with Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill
Newport Coast Community Center  (6401 San Joaquin Hills Rd.)

  • Announcement here
    • Monthly chance to discuss City issues in a walk-in group format with the only Council member who holds regular “office hours.”

February 6 @ 12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. SCAG Regional Council meeting
SCAG Main Office  (900 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1700, Los Angeles 90017)

  • Agenda here
    • The Southern California Association of Governments is the six-county body that has, per state law, assigned Newport Beach the task of updating its General Plan, by October 2021, to accommodate the potential construction of 4,832 new housing units by October 2029.
    • Item 3 on the February monthly agenda provides the draft minutes of the fateful November 7, 2019, SCAG Regional Council meeting at which Newport’s quota was increased from 2,751 to 4,832 (many Orange County cities suffered even greater increases)
    • Item 16 is an extended rationalization and confirmation of the increase, which the Regional Council expects to make final at its March 5 meeting.

February 6 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission — CANCELLED

February 7 – Last day to vote on future Sculpture Exhibition

  • Deadline to vote on art works being considered for exhibit in the Civic Center Park.
  • The sculptures selected are expected to go on display on June 7, 2020, and remain for two years.

February 11 – 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
      • Discussion of possible prohibition of electric bikes on the Oceanfront boardwalk
    • Closed session (after Study Session, not open to public):
      • Discussion of response to Coastal Commission correspondence regarding removal of homeowner encroachments onto public beach at Peninsula Point
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Second reading of ordinances introduced at prior meeting, related to Residential Water Service Shutoff, Cottage Preservation, Lobbyist Registration and Harbor Code Revision
      • Introduction of ordinances amending local Fire Code (regarding wildland-urban interface), Short Term Lodging, and Lido Isle Hedge Height Amendment (with public hearings on the latter two)
      • Resolutions changing August meeting date (to Aug. 25), supporting “balanced energy solutions,” correcting certain water rates and charges, and adopting a new policy regarding mooring extensions
      • Contracts for Central Library air conditioning repairs, concrete replacement (sidewalks, curbs & gutters), portable toilet service and update of Facilities Maintenance Master Plan
      • Agreement with Newport Bay Conservancy for use of grants awarded to it for Big Canyon Nature Park restoration
      • Approval of waiver of Council policy allowing Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival to hold alcohol serving event at Peninsula Park

February 13 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
Long Beach City Council Chambers 
(411 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach)

  • Agenda here
    • Item 14a was expected to be the Commission’s consideration of the City’s request to remove the fencing around and institute a new program for protection of the Western Snowy Plover habitat and breeding grounds near Peninsula Point. However, the item has been postponed and it appears now it will be heard at the Commission’s March meeting in Santa Cruz, along with the Commission’s order to remove the private beach encroachments in front of homes from that point to the Wedge.

February 13 @ 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
    • Five coastal development permits, including raising a seawall on Lido Isle
    • Modification permit for substandard garage depth for rebuilt home on 32nd Street
    • Lot line adjustment along north edge of Cameo Highlands
    • Application to install small cell site on streetlight at Eastbluff Shopping Center corner (removed from agenda)

February 18 @ 6:30 pm – CDBG Community Meeting & Survey
Marina Park
(1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

  • City staff is seeking in-person public input regarding its 2020-2024 Community Development Block Grant program.
  • The survey is also available online.

February 19 @ 4:00 pm – Balboa Village Advisory Committee
Marina Park  (1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

  • Look for agenda here
  • Expected topics are:
    • Presentation from Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest facility on their plans for the future, including Palm Street parking lot structure concept
    • Updates on wayfinding signage and construction projects
    • Discussion of accomplishments and future initiatives for BVAC

February 19 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

February 20 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Setback map amendments for 6501 and 6503 Seashore Drive
    • Bonakdar Institute CUP at 20321 Irvine Avenue (PA2019-171)
    • Zoning and Local Coastal Program Amendments for Accessory Dwelling Units (PA2019-248)

February 24 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee
OASIS Center  (801 Narcissus Ave – Corona del Mar) <– note location

  • Look for agenda here
    • Discussion of issues related to John Wayne Airport by Council-appointed citizens committee.
      • 2020 Community Outreach Plan
      • Aviation Committee Priorities for Calendar Year 2020
      • Subcommittee reports

February 25 – 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
    • 4:30 pm: special City Council Closed Session
      • Regarding joining Costa Mesa lawsuit over housing Coronavirus patients at Fairview Developmental Center (public can speak before closed session only)
    • 5:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Presentation from the Banning Ranch Conservancy
      • Followed by a closed session to discuss response to Coastal Commission order to remove private encroachments on public beach at Peninsula Point
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Recognition of Karen Tringali and the Corona del Mar Residents Association
      • Appointments to new Housing Element Update Advisory Committee
      • Second reading and adoption of ordinances related to Lido Isle Hedge Heights, Short Term Lodging and local amendments to Fire Code for Urban-Wildland Interface
      • Approval of various contracts
      • Harbor Commission Goals and Objectives 2020

February 27 @ 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
    • Request for variance to increase size of Fashion Island monument signs at corner of Coast Highway and Newport Center Drive
    • Two map approvals to convert duplexes to condominiums
    • One Coastal Development Permit to replace duplex with single family residence
    • One Coastal Development Permit to demolish triplex with no current plans for replacement

March 2 @ 1:00 pm – Library Lecture Hall Design Committee meeting
City Hall (100 Civic Center Drive – Crystal Cove Conference Room, Bay D, 2nd Floor)

  • Agenda & materials here
    • This committee is tasked with making recommendations regarding the construction of a 300-seat lecture hall to be constructed near Avocado Avenue in the Central Library parking lot.
    • According to the agenda, they will be discussing interior layout options with the architect as well as the project schedule, programming and concepts.

March 2 @ 6:00 pm – Community Outreach Meeting – Commercial Marina Live-Aboard Permits 
Marina Park  (1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

  • Announcement here
    • A subcommittee of the Harbor Commission is seeking input on possible changes to the City regulations about persons living onboard vessels docked in marinas.
    • Currently such activity does not appear to be legal except by permit on off-shore moorings.

March 5 @ 12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. SCAG Regional Council meeting
SCAG Main Office  (900 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1700, Los Angeles 90017)

  • Look for agenda here
    • The Southern California Association of Governments is the six-county body that has, per state law, assigned Newport Beach the task of updating its General Plan, by October 2021, to accommodate the potential construction of 4,832 new housing units by October 2029.
    • It is expected to make the allocations final at its March 5 meeting.
    • An appeal process, most likely running through May 25, will also be decided upon (see Items 1 and 2).
    • The Regional Council will also be discussing the status of its Connect SoCal Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, which is related to the RHNA allocations (see Items 10 and 11).
    • The meeting will be streamed and archived on SCAG-TV.

March 5 @ 3:00 p.m. – Water Quality / Coastal Tidelands Committee
Muth Interpretive Center (2301 University Dr.)

  • Agenda here
    • Tour of the Santa Ana Delhi Diversion — a recently completed trash collection project (not normally viewable by the public) in one of the two channels feeding Upper Newport Bay, this one adjacent to the golf course near the end of the JWA runway.

March 5 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Newport Animal Hospital Expansion CUP at 21159 Newport Coast Dr. (PA2019-268).
    • Annual General Plan Progress Report
      • This report on the status of the City’s compliance with the existing General Plan must be submitted to the state by April 1.
    • Note: A hearing on “Residential Design Standards Code and LCP Amendments” has been noticed for this meeting, but with a recommendation to remove it from the calendar pending results of the community meeting on March 9.

March 9 @ 6:00 pm – Community Meeting – Residential Design Standards
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • Information here
    • Advertised as “a second community meeting regarding proposed changes to residential design standards intended to minimize bulk and mass associated with current residential development trends .”
    • This is a follow-up to the April 23, 2019, City Council study session (Item SS5) on cottage preservation and residential height and massing.
    • Proposed new design standards were scheduled for review at the January 23, 2019, Planning Commission meeting, but withdrawn for further review of their compliance with new state laws.
    • The previous community meeting was held on August 19, 2019.

March 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
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Early look at Capital Improvement Plan portion of budget
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Resolutions establishing maximum vessel lengths on moorings in harbor, and re-establishing the Ad Hoc Committee on Short Term Lodging
      • Contract for tidegate improvements
      • Written update on Homeless Issues
      • Acceptance of funding from Hoag Hospital for OASIS Transportation
        Program
      • Introduction of new Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance
      • Approval of sculptures for Civic Center Park “Phase V”

March 11 – 13 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
Hilton Scotts Valley
(6001 La Madrone Drive, Santa Cruz)

  • Agenda here (when available)
    • East Ocean Front beach encroachments restoration order (the City now shows this as being scheduled for the CCC’s April 15-17 meeting in Oxnard)
    • Western Snowy Plover management plan for Balboa Peninsula beaches east of A Street (this item was listed on the March 12 agenda, but withdrawn before a staff report was posted)

March 12 @ 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
    • Temporary vehicle storage permit at 101 Bayside Drive in Newport Dunes for Newport Auto Center
    • Newport Center monument signs enlargement (along Coast Highway)
    • Two Coastal Development Permits for residences, two condo conversions and one lot line adjustment

March 16 @ 6:00-7:00 pm – Fencing and Parking Project Update
Ensign Intermediate School (200 Cliff Drive)

  • Representatives from Newport Mesa School District will be providing an update on their Ensign School Fencing and Parking Project which includes removal of City trees along Cliff Drive.

March 18 @ 10:30 a.m. – City Council Special Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda available here
  • City Council is holding a special meeting to discuss the City’s response to the corona virus
  • A closed session will be followed by open session discussion (and likely adoption)of an emergency resolution
    • It appears most future City meetings, other than those of the Council and Zoning Administrator will be cancelled
    • The Planning Commission may meet again on April 9

March 18 @ 2:00-3:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting – CANCELLED
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

March 18 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting – in person meeting CANCELLED

March 19 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission – CANCELLED
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Use permit for 501 Park Avenue Bistro at 501 Park Avenue on Balboa Island (PA2019-238)
    • Amendment to Il Farro use permit (PA2019-162)
    • Crab Cooker Heritage Sign and Clock Encroachment (PA2019-126)

March 24 – 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
    • 6:30 pm: Closed Session
      • Non-public discussion of one item of pending litigation
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Adoption of Ordinance No. 2020-9 regarding accessory dwelling units
      • Adoption of resolutions related to road repair funding, OCTA Measure M2 grant application for trash wheel and intent to grant new solid waste franchises
      • Annual General Plan (including Housing Element) Progress Report
      • Contracts for traffic signal rehabilitation, water main valve replacement, fencing, printing, trash collecting water wheel and additional aviation noise consulting services
      • CDBG 2020-24 Consolidated Plan – Receive Public Comments on Community Needs
      • Adopt updated Community Development Department fees
      • Coronavirus update
      • Appeal of “Garden” office building/parking structure at 215 Riverside Dr. approved by Planning Commission on October 17 as Item 2 (PA2019-023) — hearing continued to April 14 meeting

March 26 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator hearing – CANCELLED
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Two small cell telecom facility applications (intersection of Balboa Boulevard and 30th Street, the north side of Bayside Drive, approximately 900 feet northwest of El Paseo Drive)
    • One Coastal Development Permit for single-family home replacement on Peninsula, one condo conversion in Corona del Mar, one lot merger on Lido Isle and one minor use permit for a wellness center in Santa Ana Heights
    • Permits for temporary (1-year) charter boat operation at Balboa Bay Club

April 2020

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.

April 9 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission – CANCELLED
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Legal Nonconforming Sign Abatement Amendment

April 14 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

Note: the City does not appear to be offering an option for the public to participate in this meeting in person. See first page of agenda for details.

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • 6:30 pm: City Council Closed Session
      • The Council will be discussing one ongoing lawsuit. The public can comment before, but cannot attend or observe the closed session itself.
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Initiation various amendments to Zoning Code and Local Coastal Program.
      • Contracts for playground refurbishmnent, slurry sealing of streets, maintenance/repair of alarm and camera systems, and purchase of wildland fire apparatus.
      • Appeal of “Garden” office building/parking structure at 215 Riverside Dr. approved by Planning Commission on October 17 as Item 2 (PA2019-023).
      • Setback modifications at 6501/6503 Seashore Drive.
      • Contract for consultant for Housing Element Update.

April 15 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (telephonic only)
Details available on request.

April 16 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator hearing
City Hall Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Two “small cell” telecom facility applications (one at intersection of Balboa Boulevard and 30th Street, other on the north side of Bayside Drive, approximately 900 feet northwest of El Paseo Drive)
    • One Coastal Development Permit for a single-family home replacement on the Peninsula, one condo conversion in Corona del Mar, and one minor use permit for a medical office in Santa Ana Heights
    • There will reportedly be a phone-in option to listen to the meeting and offer comments, as well as an opportunity for up to 10 people at a time to participate in person in the Community Room

April 16 @ 3:00 pm Finance Committee
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • See agenda for details
  • The City’s Finance Committee, which has influence over how money is saved and spent on the City’s plans and priorities, will be meeting on the Thursdays following the Tuesday Council meetings through May, as the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget is developed.
  • The primary topic on April 16 will be the impact of the coronavirus shutdown on the current and upcoming budgets.
  • The meeting will be streamed live on the internet with an option for public comment by phone. There will reportedly be an option for live observation/comment as well.

April 23 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Crab Cooker signage and encroachments
    • 501 Park Avenue Restaurant expansion
    • Il Farro Caffe Trattoria use permit
    • Study Session regarding “Newport Airport Village” proposal (Northerly portion of the Campus Tract, generally bounded Birch Street, Campus Drive, MacArthur Blvd. and the extension of Corinthian Way)

April 28 @ 3:00 pm – Special 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)
  • On short notice, the City Council will be meeting to consider:
    • Forming a Business Reopening Committee of three Council members
    • Supporting the County Supervisor’s Reopening Plan
    • Closing City-controlled beaches for the coming three weekends

April 28 – 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
    • 6:30 pm: City Council Closed Session
      • The Council will be discussing one ongoing lawsuit. The public can comment before, but cannot attend or observe the closed session itself.
    • 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) — hearing continued from April 14 meeting
      • Adoption of ordinance modifying setbacks at 6501/6503 Seashore Drive and introduction of ordinance prohibiting businesses from dumping refuse in City trash containers
      • Acceptance of Police Department grant related to human trafficking
      • License agreement with Dell Inc. for Microsoft products
      • 10-year contract for street sweeping
      • Review and approval of budget amendments and Capital Improvement Program changes responding to expected revenue shortfalls due to coronavirus closures
      • Hearing regarding termination of franchise agreements with 13 solid waste haulers out of compliance with current agreement as to insurance and collision avoidance equipment
      • Loan agreement conferring tax-free status on $50M of Harbor Day School financing
      • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

April 30 @ 10:00 am (<– note new time) – Zoning Administrator hearing
City Hall Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive
This meeting will be broadcast on NBTV (cable TV and internet live stream) with an option to phone in comments.

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Limited Term Permit for auto storage at 2302 Bristol Street
    • Increased sign size at the Bluffs Retail Center
    • Coastal Development Permits to replace residences at 2642 Crestview Drive and 43 Balboa Coves and enclose non-conforming decks at 405 Cortes Circle
    • Lot merger at 107 and 109 Via Yella — continued from April 16

May 2 @ 9:00 a.m. – Special Saturday City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda and video link here
    • On April 30 at 5:15 p.m., the City Council held, on roughly two-hour notice, an “emergency” meeting (4/30 video) to discuss behind closed doors its response to a state order closing Orange County beaches.
    • As a follow-on to that, the Council will be meeting in closed session on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. to consider suing the California Governor and the state officials who issued the order.
    • The public will not be allowed to observe the Council’s closed session deliberations, but can phone in comments before they go into closed session per the directions at the first link above. In-person comments from the Community Room will likely also be possible immediately prior to the closed session.

May 6 – Note: Per the City’s online calendar, the inaugural meeting of the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee, which had been tentatively scheduled for May 6, appears to have been moved to May 20 (see below).

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

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Recommendation to City Council regarding code amendments affecting:
    • Also, amending City Council Policy K-3 (CEQA Procedures) to address SB 743 vehicle miles traveled analysis

May 12 – City Council Meeting (note 4:00 p.m. start time)
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: Consent Calendar and Current Business (followed by closed session)
      • Consent Calendar (adopted in one vote) includes:
        • Amendment to code prohibiting businesses from disposing of solid waste in public waste containers (allows use of shared public bin in Balboa Village)
        • Increase of on-street parking time limit on Bayview Way
        • Vacation of existing public utilities easement at 700 Malabar Drive
        • Setting November 3 election date for Council members and placing City Charter amendment on ballot to add Harbor Commission to charter commissions
        • Award of contracts for Bonita Canyon Drive and Ford Road pavement rehabilitation, Community Room audio-visual improvements, water meter reading services, drinking water testing and marine engineering and harbor-related services
      • Current Business (discussion items) includes:
        • Review of ordinance banning short-term lodging rentals (adopted at special meeting on April 3 and otherwise set to expire on May 20)
        • Review of Capital Improvement Program budgets for current and coming year
        • Oral update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • 7:00 pm: Public  Hearings
      • Appeal of “Garden” office building/parking structure at 215 Riverside Dr. approved by Planning Commission on October 17 as Item 2 (PA2019-023) — hearing continued from April 28 meeting
      • Termination of non-compliant non-exclusive commercial solid waste franchises (continued from April 28, 2020)
      • Adoption of federal Community Development Block Grant programs: 2020-24 Consolidated Plan, 2020-21 Annual Action Plan, and Citizen Participation Plan
      • Update of Community Development fee schedule (item to be continued to a May 26, 2020 Study Session)
      • Denial of waiver of L-2 Driveway Approach Policy for Shaoulian Residence at 106 and 110 Sonora St.

May 14 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing (<– note new time)
City Hall Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive

(This Zoning Administrator meeting will be live-streamed with an option for phone-in comments. There will also be limited seating for in-person participation.)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • GSP Waterpointe, LLC Condominiums at 611 Poinsettia Avenue (PA2019-246)
    • 110 30th Street LLC Condominiums at 110 30th Street (PA2020-011)
    • Ghai Residence CDP at 1124 West Ocean Front (PA2020-021)
    • 5009 Seashore LLC Residence (PA2019-264)
    • Tucci Residence CDP at 3905 Marcus (PA2020-016)
    • Annual Review of the North Newport Center Development Agreement (Fashion Island + Irvine Company office complex)

May 20 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (telephonic)
Details available on request.

May 20 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting — CANCELED 
Civic Center Community Room (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)(tentatively rescheduled to June 3)

May 21 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission — CANCELED (next meeting June 4)
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Appeal of Zoning Administrator approval of ATT “small cell” wireless installation on City streetlight at the northwestern corner of Balboa Boulevard and 30th Street (PA2019-111) – rescheduled for June 4
    • Call for review of Zoning Administrator approval of ATT “small cell” wireless installation on City streetlight On the north side of Bayside Drive, approximately 900 feet northwest of El Paseo Drive (PA2019-115) – rescheduled for June 4
    • Recommendation regarding staff-proposed Zoning Code and Local Coastal Program “corrections, clarifications and inconsistencies” (PA2019-055)

May 26 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

(Note special time, below. This meeting will be live-streamed with an option for phone-in comments. Although not mentioned on the agenda, in-person participation will almost certainly also be possible from the Community Room.)

  • 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: Joint Meeting of City Council and Finance Committee
    • 5:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Closed Session of unknown duration (public excluded — Council to privately discuss a matter of undisclosed nature but involving “Facts and circumstances that might result in litigation against the local agency but which the local agency believes are not yet known to a potential plaintiff or plaintiffs.”)
      • Adoption of ordinance terminating franchises with nine non-compliant commercial solid waste haulers
      • Award of contracts for Arches diversion projects, Cameo Highlands street reconstruction, Newport Pier restaurant demolition and platform rehabilitation design, hearing adjudication services and on-call environmental consulting support.
      • Setting June 9 as meeting date to adopt budget
      • Confirmation of citizen nominees for City boards and commissions. Appointments will be made on June 9; only the Arts Commission and the Harbor Commission have an “open” seat for which the incumbent is not a nominee.
      • Adoption of “Fast Track Back to Business – Emergency Temporary Use Permit Program” authorizing the Community Development Director to grant emergency temporary use permits to commercial businesses and religious institutions for the utilization of private property, parking lots, sidewalks, and public property
      • Approval of recommendations from the Ad Hoc Committee on Local Business Advancement for grants to various business organizations
      • Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update

May 28 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
City Hall Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive

(This Zoning Administrator meeting will be live-streamed with an option for phone-in comments. There will also be limited seating for in-person participation.)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Youssef Land Eight, LLC Condominiums Tentative Parcel Map No. NP2020-002 (PA2020-039)
    •  AT&T Small Cell Site – Minor Use Permit (PA2019-113) on City streetlightat the northwestern corner of 38th Street and Lake Avenue
    • Stewart Residence Coastal Development Permit  (PA2019-224) – 320 Alvarado Place
    • La Plante Family Trust Mixed-Use Remodel and Addition Coastal Development Permit  (PA2019-260) — 112 Agate Avenue (note: former Council member Scott Peotter is the architect/applicant for this item)

June 2020

June 1 @ noon – Special City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda available here
  • The Council will be meeting on Monday at noon to discuss a single subject:
    • Authorizing the City to participate as a subrecipient in the County’s CARES Act grant program for small business relief.
    • Directing the City Manager to work out details of the program.

June 3 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting  – CANCELED
Civic Center Community Room (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

June 4 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • originally noticed for May 21:
      • Appeal of Zoning Administrator approval of ATT “small cell” wireless installation on City streetlight at the northwestern corner of Balboa Boulevard and 30th Street (PA2019-111)
      • Call for review of Zoning Administrator approval of ATT “small cell” wireless installation on City streetlight On the north side of Bayside Drive, approximately 900 feet northwest of El Paseo Drive (PA2019-115)
        • note: this will be treated as a “receive and file item,” with no new decision possible, as the call for review is said to have been submitted one day too late
    • Recommendation to Council regarding legislative amendments making possible “Newport Airport Village” development, including General Plan and Zoning amendments and new Planned Community Development Plan (PA2014-225)

June 9 – City Council Meeting (note non-standard start time, below)
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: Closed Session
      • Council to consider settlement of a lawsuit — public can speak before, but not attend
    • 5:30 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Adopt budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21 (starting July 1)
      • Update fees for Community Development, Police and Fire services
      • Adopt new Vehicle Miles Traveled methodology for CEQA analysis
      • Authorization to submit LEAP grant funding application
      • Annual Measure M2 eligibility submittal
      • Authorizing the temporary closure of selected streets for the July 4th holiday period
      • Award of contracts for: Big Canyon Restoration Project – Phase 2A, maintenance and repair services of City generators, Lido Fire Station No. 2 construction management
      • Approval of installation agreement for Phase 2 of Advanced (Water) Meter Infrastructure Project
      • Resolutions of Intent to renew Business Improvement Districts
      • Annual appointments to Boards and Commissions
      • Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

June 11 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
(virtual meeting – see agenda for details)

  • Agenda here
    • Items 14, 15 and 16 at the end of the Thursday agenda involve removal of longstanding unpermitted private development (planting, patios and furniture) on the beach adjacent to homes at Peninsula Point. If approved, the City will bear the cost of removal and restoration of what Commission staff sees as dune habitat. An earlier proposal to legalize the encroachments was rejected.

June 11 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
City Hall Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive

(This Zoning Administrator meeting will be live-streamed with an option for phone-in comments. There will also be limited seating for in-person participation.)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • English Residence Addition Modification Permit – 1731 Centella Place (PA2020-015)
    •  AT&T Small Cell Site – Minor Use Permit (PA2019-108) on City streetlight – center median of Avocado Avenue at the intersection of Kewamee Drive and Avocado Avenue

June 17 @ 2:00-3:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting  
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

June 17 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (telephonic)
Details available on request.

June 18 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Baja Sharkeez Remodel at 110-114 McFadden Place (PA2017-255)
    • Fire Station 2 Site Development Review & Coastal Development Permit at 2807 Newport Blvd. (PA2019-098)
    • Code and Local Coastal Program Clean-Up Amendments (PA2019-055)
    • Continued to July 9 for additional outreach: General Plan Amendment, Variance, and Conditional Use Permit for automated car wash at 1600 Jamboree (PA2016-093)

June 23 – 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)
    • Although not mentioned in the agenda, in addition to live-streaming with phone-in, limited in-person public participation is allowed from the Community Room adjacent to the Council Chambers
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • 5:00 pm: Study Session
      • Review of the Junior Lifeguard program
      • Discussion of residential refuse collection and disposal
    • 6:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (<– note abnormal start time)
      • Final adoption of changes to cost recovery schedule (introduced June 9)
      • Resolutions adopting “Gann” spending limit for coming fiscal year, supporting the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ determination that houses of worship are essential services and supporting in-person religious assemblies, recognizing Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
      • Contracts for sewer manhole lining services, oil well management, Old Newport Boulevard and West Coast Highway modifications, School Resource Officer program, temporarily rehiring a retired planner, and COVID-19 economic relief funding support for the Balboa Village Merchants Association ($40,000) and Balboa Island Merchants Association, Inc.  ($20,000)
      • Report on grants and donations for the quarter ending March 31, 2020
      • Community Programs and Special Event grants for FY2020-21
      • Authorizing bonds for Underground Utility Assessment District No. 111
      • Introduction of short term lodging ordinance amending NBMC Chapter 5.95, and modifying emergency ordinance to allow 4-night minimum rentals on Newport Island
      • Approving assessments and officers for Corona del Mar and Restaurant Association Business Improvement Districts
      • Introduction of ordinance amending  Nonconforming Sign Abatement program

June 25 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
Corona del Mar Conference Room, Bay 1E (in City Hall @ 100 Civic Center Drive)
(There will also be limited seating for in-person participation)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • 712 Iris LLC Condominiums Tentative Parcel Map (PA2020-059)
    • Faerber Residence CDP at 405 Cortes Circle (PA2020-029)
    • Continued from June 11, and now being taken off calendar:  AT&T Small Cell Site on City streetlight – center median of Avocado Avenue at the intersection of Kewamee Drive and Avocado Avenue (PA2019-108)

June 25 @ 3:00 pm – City Council Special Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda available here
    • If not mentioned on the agenda, in addition to live-streaming with phone-in, limited in-person public participation is likely to be allowed from the Community Room adjacent to the Council Chambers
      • The subject of this meeting is a review of City staff’s approval of a permit for Ensign Intermediate School that would allow encroachment into the public right-of-way on Cliff Drive
      • Read more about the controversy surrounding this on Stu News and in the Daily Pilot.

June 29 @ 6:00 pm – Special SPON Board Meeting (telephonic)

  • The Board will be meeting to discuss supporting the Newport Bay Conservancy’s grant application for the Santa Isabel Channel Restoration Project (a proposal to restore wetlands at the foot of 23rd Street in the Back Bay).
  • Details available on request.

July 1 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

(This important meeting will be broadcast on NBTV and live streamed on the City website. Those interested can phone in comments during the meeting, and can also observe and comment from the Community Room adjacent to Council Chambers) 

  • Agenda here
    • This will be the inaugural meeting of the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee,
    • The committee consists of nine citizen volunteers with expertise in real estate and land use (plus the Mayor), appointed by the City Council to oversee the Housing Action Plan portion of the larger General Plan Update.
    • In response to a state mandate, they are tasked with finding, and recommending, by October, locations where 4,832 new housing units could be built in Newport Beach between 2021 and 2029.
    • Topics at the first meeting will include defining the committee’s tasks and the establishment subcommittees to work on them.
    • It is not clear from the agenda if the committee members will be physically present in the Council Chambers or attending remotely.

July 8 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
(virtual meeting – see agenda for details)

  • Agenda here
    • As item 14b, the Commission will be considering a request to redevelop the commercial marina adjacent to the Bayshores community (south of the Newport Bay Bridge and opposite the former Reuben E. Lee site). A portion of the new design will accommodate larger boats than previously (up to 80 feet).
    • As Item 14c, it will be considering a County proposal to install educational and no-trespassing signage at the Santa Ana River mouth, where dog walking and other activities have threatened wildlife.

July 9 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • 1-year extension of Hoag Development Agreement due to COVID-19 (PA2020-065)
    • Appeal of Zoning Administrator’s approval of ATT “small cell” wireless installation on City streetlight at the northwestern corner of Balboa Boulevard and 30th Street (PA2019-111) – rescheduled from June 4
    • General Plan Amendment, variance, and Conditional Use Permit for automated car wash at Shell service station 1600 Jamboree (PA2016-093) — continued from June 18

July 14 @ 5:00 pm – City Council Meeting (<– note new start time)
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
    • 4:30 pm – Closed Session (canceled)
      • The public can comment on this unidentified piece of “existing litigation” before the Council retires to its conference room, but cannot attend or observe the deliberations.
    • No Study Session
    • 5:00 pm – City Council Regular Meeting
      • Adoption of recently introduced changes to Short Term Lodging regulations
      • Proposal to change start time of regular Council meetings
      • Contracts for East Coast Highway pavement rehabilitation,  Grant Howald Park rehabilitation
      • Amendment to lease agreement with Harbor Day School
      • Approval of COVID-19 economic relief funding support for the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District, Newport Beach Restaurant Association Business Improvement District and Balboa Island Merchants Association
      • Confirmation of annual appointments to the Finance Committee
      • Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) Annual Report and Fiscal
        Year 2020-21 Budget
      • Approval of Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Job Retention Program

July 15 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (telephonic)
Details available on request.

July 15 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

(This meeting will likely be broadcast on NBTV and live streamed on the City website. Those interested can phone in comments during the meeting, and can also observe and comment from the Community Room adjacent to Council Chambers) 

  • Look for agenda here
    • This will be the second meeting of the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee,
    • The committee consists of nine citizen volunteers with expertise in real estate and land use (plus the Mayor), appointed by the City Council to oversee the Housing Action Plan portion of the larger General Plan Update.
    • In response to a state mandate, they are tasked with finding, and recommending, by October, locations where 4,832 new housing units could be built in Newport Beach between 2021 and 2029.
    • Topics are expected to include the “project description” necessary for preparing the Environmental Impact Report, the “substantial evidence” standard needed for identifying future housing sites and the public outreach effort.

July 16 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(There will also be limited seating for in-person participation in the Community Room adjacent to the Chambers)

July 16 @ 5:00 pm – Orange County Airport Land Use Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Administration Building (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

  • Look for agenda here
    •  The ALUC will be considering the “Newport Airport Village” proposal recommended for approval at the City Planning Commission’s June 4 meeting.  The proposal would change land use designations for the northerly portion of the “Campus Tract,” generally bounded Birch Street, Campus Drive, MacArthur Blvd. and the extension of Corinthian Way, including adding a 444-unit residential development. If the ALUC finds the proposal inconsistent with airport planning, a super-majority of the City Council can override their decision.

July 23 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Short Term Lodging ordinance update (PA2020-048)
    • Shvetz subdivision and General Plan Amendment at 2400 Santiago Drive (PA2020-041)
    • Industrial Zone code amendment (PA2020-042)

July 27 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee (Zoom meeting)
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • Look for agenda here
    • Discussion of issues related to John Wayne Airport by Council-appointed citizens committee.
      • Based on a report from a subcommittee, the full committee is to make a recommendation to the City Council regarding the City’s response to the bids received by the County in response to its Request For Proposals for the General Aviation Improvement Program.
      • It will also be introduced to two of the outside consultants working on airport issues for the City.

July 28 @ 5:00 p.m. — City Council Meeting (<– note new start time)
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 p.m.: Closed Session (public can comment at 4:00 p.m., but not attend)
      • Includes discussion of agreement with city of Costa Mesa for homeless shelter at 3175 Airway Avenue,
    • 5:00 p.m.: Regular Meeting (starting at new time)
      • Contracts for Corporation Yard rear fence replacement, on-call harbor maintenance and repair services, delivery of natural gas to Hoag Hospital, and management of Phase VI of the Civic Center Park sculpture exhibition
      • Reporting of Fiscal Year 2019-20 District Discretionary Grant awards (up to $6,000 given away by each Council member)
      • Receipt of Visit Newport Beach FY 2021 & FY 2022 Destination Business Plan and Budgets, and FY 2020 Performance Standards Report
      • Code and LCP clean-up amendments (PA2019-055)
      • Hoag Hospital 2-year Development Agreement extension due to COVID-19 (PA2020-065)
      • Addendum to Uptown Newport EIR for Hazmat Mitigation Measure changes (PA2020-003)
      • Notice of intent to override Airport Land Use Commission’s disapproval of Newport Airport Village project  (PA2014-225)
      • Evaluation of John Wayne Airport Fixed Base Operator proposals
      • COVID-19 update

July 30 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(There will also be limited seating for in-person participation in the Community Room adjacent to the Chambers)

August 2020

August 4 @ 5:00 pm – Special SPON Board Meeting (telephonic)
Details available on request.

August 5 @ 5:00 pm – Orange County Aviation Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

  • Look for agenda here  (see Item 2, which is an advance copy of Item 11 on the County Supervisor’s August 11 agenda)
    • The Commission is expected to review and make a recommendation to the County Board of Supervisors regarding the selection of bidders for the General Aviation Improvement Program at John Wayne Airport.

August 11 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

  • Look for the agenda here  (see Item 11)
    • The Board of Supervisors is expected to select their preferred bidders for the General Aviation Improvement Program at John Wayne Airport.
    • County staff will then negotiate with the selected companies to develop contracts for them to replace and then privately operate (for the next several decades) the general aviation facilities at the airport.

August 13 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
(virtual meeting – see agenda for details)

  • Agenda here
    • Item 11a on the Thursday agenda is an appeal of the City’s controversial approval of a new parking structure at 215 Riverside Avenue. CCC staff is recommending a determination that the appeal raises substantial questions of consistency with the Coastal Act requiring a future re-hearing of the application before the CCC.
    • Item 10b on the same day was to have been the long-delayed hearing on the City’s request to establish a Parking Management Overlay District in Balboa Village, reducing the off-street parking requirement for businesses. That is now noted as “postponed,” apparently at the City’s request.

August 13 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(There will also be limited seating for in-person participation in the Community Room adjacent to the Chambers)

August 19 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (telephonic)
Details available on request.

August 19 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
  (CANCELED – see Sept. 2) 

August 20 @ 9:00 am – Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce – Council Candidates Forum

  • Details here
    • Get informed! This is first of several chances to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.
    • It will be a virtual forum, conducted via Zoom. Registration is required to view (follow the above “details” link to find the registration button).
    • For additional forums, go to the City Clerk’s November 2020 Election page and look just below the end of the long “Election Calendar” listing.

August 20 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission – CANCELED
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • 76 Station convenience store CUP/CDP at 2201 E. Coast Hwy. (PA2019-027)
    • Discussion use of Commission as the public engagement forum for the expected update of the General Plan Circulation Element

August 24 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee (Zoom meeting – registration required)

August 25 @ 3:30 p.m. – City Council Meeting (<– note special start time)
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(According to the agenda, public participation will be through internet streaming and NBTV broadcast with phoned-in comments. There will likely also be an opportunity to observe and comment in-person from the Community Room adjacent to the Chambers)

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • 3:30 p.m.Newport Beach Public Facilities Corporation annual meeting

      • This is the annual meeting of the Council members meeting as the separate corporation that issued the bonds used to finance construction of the Civic Center (and, earlier, the Central Library)
      • Review of annual financial statements
      • Resolution approving release from bonds of all securing assets other than Civic Center and Library
    • 4:00 p.m.Study Session
      • Revised conceptual design for the Superior Ave pedestrian bridge structure at the West Coast Highway intersection
      • Parking meter replacement proposal
    • 6:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting
      • Adoption of ordinance extending term of Hoag Hospital development agreement (PA2020-065)
      • Adoption of ordinance amending overlays and public hearing notice requirements in the Zoning Code (PA2019-055)
      • Resolution in support of the Newport Beach Police Department
      • Resolution approving release of certain assets securing the City’s 2010 Certificates of Participation
      • Award of contract for Underground Utilities District Nos. 111 and 22, Phases 2 & 3
      • Agreement regarding relocation of City water main running through proposed Back Bay Landing development
      • Amendments to contracts for on-call beach maintenance services
      • Introduction of ordinance awarding commercial solid waste franchises
      • Introduction of ordinance amending Zoning Code to allow wine tasting rooms in the Industrial Zoning District of West Newport Mesa (PA2020-042)
      • Appeal of Planning Commission’s approval of an AT&T small cell installation at the northwestern corner of Balboa Boulevard and 30th Street (PA2019-111)
      • COVID-19 Update

August 26 @ 6:00 p.m. – Live-aboards in Commercial Marinas
(Zoom only meeting – advance registration required)

  • Announcement here
    • A committee of the City’s Harbor Commission will be seeking input on possible changes to the Municipal Code regarding the regulation of persons living onboard boats moored in commercial marinas within the harbor. At the City Council’s request, this is a remaining part of the Commission’s largely completed Title 17 review.

August 27 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
(Zoom only – advance registration required)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • The ZA previously approved Minor Use Permits for the following two wireless installations. They are returning to obtain Coastal Development Permits.
      • Small cell telecom facility on streetlight in at the northwestern corner of 38th Street and Lake Avenue (PA2019-113
      • Small cell telecom facility on the north side of Bayside Drive, approximately 900 feet northwest of El Paseo Drive (PA2019-115)

August 27 @ 5:30 p.m. – District 6 Town Hall
(Zoom only – advance registration required)

  • Announcement here
  • Although hosted by the District 6 council person, and dealing with Corona del Mar issues, the meeting is open to all
  • Topics presented will reportedly include traffic noise, proposals for one-way streets and residential parking permits, and a community survey

September 2020

September 2 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

(This meeting will be broadcast on NBTV and live streamed on the City website with an opportunity for those interested to phone in comments or to observe and comment from the Community Room adjacent to Council Chambers) 

  • Look for agenda here
    • This will be the third meeting of the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee,
    • The committee consists of nine citizen volunteers with expertise in real estate and land use (plus the Mayor), appointed by the City Council to oversee the Housing Action Plan portion of the larger General Plan Update.
    • In response to a state mandate, they are tasked with finding, and recommending, by October, locations where 4,832 new housing units could be built in Newport Beach between 2021 and 2029

September 3 @ 1:00 p.m. – SCAG Regional Council Meeting (Zoom meeting)

  • Agenda here (28 MB)
  • Live Stream
    • The Southern California Association of Governments is the “metropolitan planning organization” that sets policy and assigns housing quotas to Orange County cities
    • Expected actions at this meeting include:
      • Item 1: Adoption of the Connect SoCal regional transportation plan
      • Item 23: Assignment of Draft Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Allocations for the 2021-2029 planning period (as affected by Connect SoCal plan)
        • Newport Beach is expected to receive a draft allocation to plan for 4,834 new dwelling units (up 2 from previous estimates)
        • Issuance of the draft allocations will set in motion an appeal period starting September 11, 2020
        • The Final 6th Cycle RHNA Allocations are anticipated to be issued to local jurisdictions in February 2021 with new general plan housing elements due to the state by October 2021.

September 3 @ 3:00 p.m. – Water Quality/Coastal Tidelands Committee (Zoom meeting – registration required)

  • Agenda here
    • This will be the first meeting in six months of this long-standing City environmental committee.
    • Topics will include:
      • Review of committee objectives
      • Newport Bay Trash Interceptor Project presentation
      • Presentation on a concept proposal to divert storm flows in San Diego Creek into the Irvine Ranch Water District treatment ponds

September 8 @ 4:00 p.m. – City Council Meeting (<– note new start time)
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
    • Study session (4:00 p.m.)
      • Short Term Lodging ordinance update proposal – capping number of permits and setting a minimum stay
      • Followed by closed session apparently to discuss (?) permanent sale of former Westside Community Center site to Pacifica Christian High School.
    • Regular meeting (6:00 p.m.)
      • Adoption of ordinance granting solid waste franchises
      • Contracts for streetlight improvements (Eastbluff), two fire trucks, and police helicopter services
      • Acceptance of grants for sewage pumpout stations in harbor and a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program
      • Approval of end-of-year City Hall/City services closure
      • Response to Grand Jury report “Protecting Those Who Protect and Serve”
      • Emergency ordinance regarding mandatory social distancing, face coverings, and restrictions on walk-up bars for eating and drinking
      • Consideration of General Plan and Zoning Code amendments to accommodate Newport Airport Village proposal at 4525 MacArthur Blvd (PA2014-225)
      • Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

September 9 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
(virtual meeting – see agenda for details)

  • Agenda here
    • Item 11a on the Wednesday agenda is the long-delayed hearing on the City’s request to establish a Parking Management Overlay District in Balboa Village, reducing the off-street parking requirement for businesses. Coastal staff recommends approval of the overlay, but only with amendments.
    • Item 13g is the City’s request to replace the seawall and some of the floats at the American Legion post on 15th Street. Coastal staff recommends approval, but cites public access issues which may be the subject to correction through a separate enforcement action.

September 9 @ 4:00 p.m. – Speak Up Newport  – Council Candidates Forum

  • Details here
    • Get informed! This is second of several chances to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.
    • It will be a virtual forum, conducted via Zoom. Registration is required to view (follow the above “details” link to find the registration button).
    • For additional forums, go to the City Clerk’s November 2020 Election page and look just below the end of the long “Election Calendar” listing.

September 10 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(Public participation will likely be by Zoom only)

September 15 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

  • Look for the agenda/report here (in “Revisions-Supplemental Agenda Items”)
    • The Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss and possibly approve two of the three leases being negotiated for the General Aviation Improvement Program at John Wayne Airport
    • Up for approval are the leases for the “full service” Fixed Base Operators on the east and west sides of the airport, with ACI Jet and Clay Lacy Aviation
    • Not being considered is the lease for the “limited service” (aircraft maintenance and storage) FBO on the west side
    • Approval of these two 35-year leases was added to the agenda subsequent to its initial posting as an “urgent” supplemental item even though the leases don’t start until January 1, 2021

September 16 @ 2:00-3:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting  
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

September 16 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (telephonic)
Details available on request.

September 16 @ 6:00 pm – West Newport Beach Association – Council Candidates Forum

  • Get informed! This is third of several chances to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.
  • It will be a virtual forum, conducted via Zoom. Registration is required to view: email wnbasecretary@gmail.com to register.
  • For additional forums, go to the City Clerk’s November 2020 Election page and look just below the end of the long “Election Calendar” listing.

September 17 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

September 22 @ 4:00 p.m. – City Council Meeting (<– note new start time)
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
    • Closed session (4:00 p.m.)
      • Discussion of sale (?) of former Westside Community Center site to Pacifica Christian High School.
      • Possible initiation of litigation on two undisclosed matters.
    • Regular meeting (5:00 p.m.)
      • Resolutions supporting the Newport Beach Fire Department and Proposition 20, and opposing Proposition 15
      • Agreement for ambulance transportation cost reimbursement
      • Contracts for Civic Center Park pathway replacement, median and roadside landscape maintenance,  fire rings security, on-call architectural services, and piers, sidewalks and public area steam pressure washing
      • Acceptance of $25,000 donation to library
      • Hearing on Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) 2019-2020
      • Override of Airport Land Use Commission dis-approval, followed by City approval of the Newport Airport Village proposal for a future “planned community” adjacent to the airport along Campus, with up to 444 apartments  (PA2014-225)
      • Update of fees for issuing and renewing Short Term Lodging permits
      • Introduction of ordinance amending Oceanfront Boardwalk Safety Program
      • Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

September 24 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only, registration required)

September 24 @ 3:00 pm Finance Committee
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(Public participation by Zoom only, registration required)

  • See agenda for details
  • The City’s Finance Committee, which has influence over how money is saved and spent on the City’s plans and priorities, is scheduled to meet for the first time since June.
    • Investment policy and performance review.
    • It will presumably be discussing the impact of COVID-19.
    • Recommendation regarding issuance of bond to finance Fire Station 2 construction on Balboa Peninsula.
    • Update on internal audit plan
  • Curiously, a discussion of the impact of COVID-19 is not on the agenda.

September 28 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee – CANCELED
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers

September 30 @ 6:00 pm – Corona del Mar Residents Association – Election Forum

  • Get informed! This is the fourth publicly-available chance to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.
  • Includes a brief presentation on City ballot Measure Z.
  • As with those that have preceded It (see videos), this will be a virtual forum, conducted via Zoom. Advance registration is encouraged, but apparent not required.
  • For additional forums, go to the City Clerk’s November 2020 Election page and look just below the end of the long “Election Calendar” listing.

October 2020

October 2 @ 10:00 am – Friends of OASIS – Council Candidates Forum

  • Get informed! This will be the last publicly-available chance to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.
  • As with those that have preceded It (see videos), this will be a virtual forum, conducted via Zoom. To attend, click their Zoom link or enter Zoom ID: 806 395 3593 / Zoom password: OASIS a few minutes before the starting time.
  • For additional forums, go to the City Clerk’s November 2020 Election page and look just below the end of the long “Election Calendar” listing.

October 6 @ 6:00 pm – Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission
City Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here
    • The public can attend in the Community Room.
    • The Commission will be making a decisions on:
      • Plans for a new Junior Lifeguards building near the Balboa Pier
      • Updates to the City’s tree policies
      • Requests for increased temporary lighting for soccer at Bonita Canyon Sports Park
      • Two requests for replacement of City parkway trees

October 7 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

(This meeting will be broadcast on NBTV and live streamed on the City website with an opportunity for those interested to phone in comments or to observe and comment from the Community Room adjacent to Council Chambers) 

  • Look for agenda here
  • This will be the fourth meeting of the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee tasked with finding, and recommending, by October, locations where 4,832 (now 4,834) new housing units could be built in Newport Beach between 2021 and 2029 in compliance with a state mandate.
  • The committee consists of nine citizen volunteers with expertise in real estate and land use (plus the Mayor), appointed by the City Council to oversee the Housing Action Plan portion of the larger General Plan Update.
  • Topics to include:
    • Hear updates from the Site Subcommittees, Outreach Subcommittee and Affordable Housing Subcommittee, as appropriate.
    • Discuss the approach for engaging the public and property owners of sites that may be included on the Housing Opportunity Sites Inventory.
    • Receive an overview of the overall outreach plan for the Housing Element and Circulation Element updates, including upcoming workshop dates for both elements. • Review the City’s appeal letter of its final draft regional housing needs assessment (RHNA) allocation.
    • Hear about new requirements in State Housing Element Law related to affordable housing and how that translates into the sites inventory. Discuss how compliance may be achieved.

October 8 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission – CANCELED
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • GPA/LCP amendments for nonconforming signs (PA2019-184)

October 13 @ 4:00 p.m. – City Council Meeting (<– note new start time)
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

(This meeting will be broadcast on NBTV and live streamed on the City website with an opportunity for those interested to phone in comments or to observe and comment from the Community Room adjacent to Council Chambers) 

  • 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 p.m. – Closed session
    • The Council will consider initiating on five matters. The public will be invited to comments, but what the matters might be will not be disclosed.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Regular meeting
    • Introduction of Short Term Lodging ordinance – amending Zoning Code and Coastal Plan to set three-night minimum stay, cap on number of permits, transfer to heirs and new owners, and minimum age to rent
    • Shvetz application and General Plan Amendment to subdivide lot at 2400 Santiago Drive (PA2020-041)
    • Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) appeal authorization, AB1063 update, and Housing Element Update
    • Amendment to Housing Element Update Advisory Committee duties, assigning Circulation Element update to Planning Commission
    • Introduction of Ordinance Designating Portions of 61st and Lancaster Streets in Newport Shores as One-Way Streets
    • Adoption of Ordinance Amending Municipal Code Pertaining to the Oceanfront Boardwalk Safety Program
    • Resolutions Announcing Commitment to End Child Marriage, Adding Street Sweeping Parking Restrictions on Terrace Ridge, Providing Authorization to the  Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Required to Apply for Grants from the Federal Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    • Contracts for Concrete Alley and Street Replacement, Mission Bay Drive Drainage Project, Via Lido Soud and Nord Water Main Replacement, Beach Container Refuse Collection
    • Authorization of Parking Meter Equipment Replacement Plan and Purchase, Allocation of Restricted Donations for Purchase of SWAT Team Protective Equipment
    • Appointment to the new Newport Beach Restaurant Association Business Improvement District Advisory Director
    • Report on Grants and Donations for the Quarter Ending September 30, 2020
    • City Council Support for Opening of Park Playgrounds
    • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

October 15 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Ardmore Properties duplex, lot merger and Coastal Development Permit at 130-132 So. Bay Front (PA2020-111)
    • Cabin 3 LLC Residence CDP at 113 Grand Canal (PA2020-183)
    • Kalili Residential Condominiums parcel map at 426 Marguerite Ave (PA2020-228)
    • Collins Residence Coastal Development Permit at 413 and 413 ½ Edgewater Place (PA2020-215)
    • Shea Homes Sales Office Limited Term Permit at 1244 Irvine Avenue (PA2020-202)
    • Hoag Hospital Development Agreement annual review (PA2009-064)
    • Uptown Newport DA annual review (PA2014-039)

October 19 @ 6:00 pm – Online Zoning Amendment Workshop
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Details here
    • This City workshop seeks input on a proposal to allow wine tasting operations in an area zoned for industrial use in West Newport Mesa, near the border with Costa Mesa.
    • This matter was previously before the City Council as Item 16 at their August 25, 2020, meeting and sent back to staff for more work.
    • To participate, register here.

October 20 @ 6:00 pm – Online Housing Workshop
(Public participation by Zoom only)

October 21 @ 4:00 pm – Balboa Village Advisory Committee
(Public participation by Zoom only) 

  • Look for agenda here
    • Topic: Discuss the current state of Balboa Village and the role of BVAC moving forward given it is to sunset at the end of 2020. Also, receive an overview of the Capital Improvement Program, as it relates to funding for projects in the Village.
    • To participate, register here.

October 21 @ 5:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

  • Agenda here
    • The Commission is expected to make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors regarding the commercial air carrier capacity allocations of operations at John Wayne Airport for calendar year 2021.
      • Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the “Million Annual Passengers” limit will be increasing from the current 10.8 to 11.8 and the number of allowed “Average Daily Departures” of the noisier “Class A” aircraft will increase from the current 85 to 95.
      • Despite this, due to the COVID-19-related slow-down, and because JWA penalizes carriers if they don’t use their full request, it was expected the carriers would seek lower quotas than in 2020, but surprisingly they all appear to be seeking approval of capacity limits larger than the ones they didn’t fully use in 2020.
    • The Commission will also, as part of the General Aviation Improvement Program, be making a recommendation regarding a 30-year lease with Jay’s Aircraft Maintenance to operate the aircraft repair and storage area in the southwest portion of the airfield.
    • The Supervisors are expected to take action on both items on November 3.

October 21 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (telephonic)
Details available on request.

October 21 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(This meeting will be broadcast on NBTV and live streamed on the City website with an opportunity for those interested to phone in comments or to observe and comment from the Community Room adjacent to Council Chambers) 

  • Look for agenda here
  • This will be the fifth meeting of the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee tasked with finding, and recommending, by October 2021, locations where 4,832 (now 4,834) new housing units could be built in Newport Beach between 2021 and 2029 in compliance with a state mandate.
  • The committee consists of nine citizen volunteers with expertise in real estate and land use appointed by the City Council to oversee the Housing Action Plan portion of the larger General Plan Update. The Mayor serves as a non-voting observer.
  • Topics to include:
    • Presentation from the “Kennedy Commission” (a private group) on affordable housing
    • Orange County Mayors’ letter to SCAG seeking challenge to the SCAG region’s 1.34 million unit RHNA goal
    • Updates from subcommittees
    • Recap of October 20 virtual workshop
    • Receive input and determine feasibility of housing sites identified by subcommittees in Airport Area and West Newport
      • It appears this may be the public’s one and only opportunity to influence the committee’s decision as to which sites in these two areas should be explored further as future housing sites
      • Decisions regarding the remainder of the City will follow at the November 4 HUEAC meeting

October 22 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Cortell Trust Encroachment Permit at 425 Tustin Ave. (N2020-0482) (consent)
    • Barrett Residence Encroachment Permit at 445 Tustin Ave. (N2020-0512) (consent)
    • Chihuahua Cerveza Expansion at 3107 Newport Blvd. (PA2019-160)
    • Appeal of AT&T Small Cell SLC0902, public right-of-way near 38th St and Lake Ave (PA2020-113)
    • Appeal of AT&T Small Cell SLC4653, public right-of-way on north side of Bayside Dr, approx. 900 feet northwest of El Paseo Dr (PA2020-115)
    • New Restaurant at 5000 Birch St. (PA2019-259)
    • Continuing discussion use of Commission as the public engagement forum for the expected update of the General Plan Circulation Element

October 26 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee (Zoom meeting – registration required)

  • Look for agenda here
    • Discussion of issues related to John Wayne Airport by Council-appointed citizens committee.
    • It looks like this meeting will consist solely of presentations and updates on the following matters:
      • Federal legislative activities
      • Regulation and management of airspace and aircraft speeds (some departures are believed to exceed federal speed limits for urbanized areas)
      • JWA’s proposed Capacity Allocations for 2021 and Spirit Airlines’ Aircraft Noise Test
      • Current information on JWA’s General Aviation Improvement Program
      • Recent meetings with the air carriers and the Coastal Orange County Noise Mitigation Task Force
      • Ad Hoc subcommittee reports

October 27 @ 4:00 p.m. – City Council Meeting (<– note new start time)
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)
(Although not mentioned on the agenda, the public can participate from the Community Room adjacent to Council Chambers, as well as phoning in comments while watching the broadcast on NBTV or the live stream

  • 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 p.m – Closed session (public can comment before door is closed)
    •  Private performance evaluations of the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk
  • 4:30 p.m. – Regular meeting
    • Adoption of an ordinance amending Zoning Code regarding Short Term Lodging,
      • If adopted, this will have the immediate effect of increasing the minimum age to rent to 25 and making permit holders whose clients receive parking tickets themselves eligible for a citation.
      • Additional measures, including a cap on the total number of permits and a three-night minimum (see Resolution No. 2020-91), will become effective only if approved by the California Coastal Commission
      • All of this is also currently overridden by COVID-19 emergency ordinances that prohibit issuance of new permits and limit rentals to 3 nights (Ordinance No. 2020-004) and 4 nights on Newport Island (Ordinance  No. 2020-006).
    • Adoption of an ordinance designating a one-way street in Newport Shores
    • Approval of contracts for purchase of three ambulances, ocean pier condition assessment and rejection of bids for CNG fueling station,
    • Acceptance of check from Library Foundation.
    • Introduction of ordinance regarding live-aboards on boats in the harbor
    • Updates on homeless strategies and COVID-19 response

October 29 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream Minor Use Permit – 2200 West Ocean Front (PA2020-223)
    • 22nd Street Pizza Minor Use Permit – 2200 West Ocean Front (PA2020-224)
    • Residential Condominiums Tentative Parcel Map and Coastal Development Permit – 506 and 508 Goldenrod Avenue (PA2020-248)
    • Robitaille Residence Coastal Development Permit – 908 East Balboa Boulevard (PA2020-121)

November 2020

November 3 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

  • Look for the agenda here
    • The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve commercial air carrier capacity allocations of operations at John Wayne Airport during calendar year 2021.
      • Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the “Million Annual Passengers” limit will be increasing from the current 10.8 to 11.8 and the number of allowed “Average Daily Departures” of the noisier “Class A” aircraft will increase from the current 85 to 95 — both roughly 10% increases over past maximum levels.
      • Despite the COVID-19 downturn in air travel, staff is recommending a 30% increase in the number of approved seats, to roughly 15.5 million for 2021, anticipating the full MAP will be flown with a 75% load factor
      • Should that happen, the increase in commercial jet flights will be very large compared to what it has been in 2020.
    • The Board is also, as part of the General Aviation Improvement Program, expected to approve a 30-year lease with Jay’s Aircraft Maintenance to operate the aircraft repair and storage area in the southwest portion of the airfield.

November 4 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(This meeting will be broadcast on NBTV and live streamed on the City website with an opportunity for those interested to phone in comments or to observe and comment from the Community Room adjacent to Council Chambers) 

  • Look for agenda here
  • This will be the sixth meeting of the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee tasked with finding, and recommending, by October 2021, locations where 4,832 (now 4,834) new housing units could be built in Newport Beach between 2021 and 2029 in compliance with a state mandate.
  • The committee consists of nine citizen volunteers with expertise in real estate and land use appointed by the City Council to oversee the Housing Action Plan portion of the larger General Plan Update. The Mayor serves as a non-voting observer
  • Having completed its initial assessment of the feasibility of housing sites in Airport Area and West Newport, the Committee will make a similar assessment of sites in “the rest of the City” and review its public outreach plan.

November 5 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Recommendation regarding Residences at 4400 Von Karman (PA2020-061)
      • This is a proposal to develop 312 apartment units on 12.7 acres of existing surface parking at the Koll Center Office Park between Von Karman and Birch Street.
      • If the Planning Commission recommends approval, it would go on to the Airport Land Use Commission and City Council.
      • It replaces an earlier proposal for the Koll Center Residences, which seems to have been withdrawn.
      • SPON has submitted a letter reiterating its earlier concerns.

November 10 @ 4:00 p.m. – Newport Beach Public Facilities Corporation Special Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • The City Council will be meeting as the “Public Facilities Corporation” to approve issuing up to $10 million in bonds to finance the proposed new fire station on the Peninsula.

November 10 @ 4:30 p.m. – City Council Meeting (<– note new start time)
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
    • 4:30 p.m.:
      • Study Session on big picture of the General Plan Update
      • Followed by closed session discussion of a Workers’ Compensation case
    • 6:00 p.m.:
      • Adoption of ordinance changing rules for live-aboards in commercial marinas and harbor anchorage area
      • Approval of Measure M2 Expenditure Report
      • Contracts for Jamboree Road Pavement Rehabilitation and Reclaimed Water Conversion, Balboa Street Crossing Improvement Project, and Water Transmission Main Valve Replacement
      • Annual Reporting on Development Impact Fees and Development
        Agreements.
      • Update of park in-lieu fee
      • Annual Zoning Agreement review for Sierra by the Sea (formerly Sober Living by the Sea)  (PA2010-150)
      • Approval of contract for construction of fire station to replace the one near the old City Hall site, and authorization to is up to $10 million in bonds to pay for it

November 12 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only)

November 16 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Suitability Workshop  (Part 1)
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Details here
    • This online workshop is related to the Housing Element portion of the City’s General Plan Update effort.
    • The public will be asked to weigh in on what kinds and density of housing would be “suitable” at sites identified by the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee.
    • This Part 1 will cover half the sites, including the Airport area, West Newport and West Newport Mesa.
    • Part 2 (on November 17) will cover the other half, including Newport Center and the Coyote Canyon Landfill.
    • Register on Newport, Together

November 17 @ 3:00 pm  – Building & Fire Board of Appeals Meeting
(online only – must register)

  • Agenda here
    • This will be the first appeal of building practices heard by the Board in more than ten years.
    • A property owner obtained approval to build a new single family home with a roof over a portion of its third floor deck, creating what the plans called a “loggia.”
    • During construction, the covered deck was illegally enclosed with windows, increasing the total floor area of the home above the allowed limit.
    • The owner is now arguing that enclosing the loggia with windows is the most sensible way to protect it from the elements.

November 17 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Suitability Workshop  (Part 2)
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Details here
    • This online workshop is related to the Housing Element portion of the City’s General Plan Update effort.
    • The public will be asked to weigh in on what kinds and density of housing would be “suitable” at sites identified by the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee.
    • Part 1 (on November 16)  was expected to cover half the sites, including the Airport area, West Newport and West Newport Mesa.
    • This Part 2 will cover the other half, including Newport Center and the Coyote Canyon Landfill.
    • Register on Newport, Together

November 18 @ 4:00 pm – Balboa Village Advisory Committee
Palm Street Parking Lot  (600 & 608 East Balboa Boulevard)

  • Look for agenda here
    • This may be the next-to-last meeting of this committee, set to disband by the end of the year.
    • Committee members plan to walk around the village with staff, looking for future projects on which to spend the area’s parking revenue.

November 18 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (Zoom)
Details available on request.

November 19 @ 5:00 pm – Orange County Airport Land Use Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Administration Building (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

November 19 @ 5:00 pm – District 1 Town Hall
(online meeting – must register)

  • Announcement here
  • Although hosted by the District 1 council person, City staff makes presentations open to all
  • Topics presented will reportedly include:
    • Oceanfront Boardwalk safety
    • Recent changes to short-term rental housing regulations
    • New City fire station (and naming of it)
    • Lido water main replacement

November 19 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Study session on the General Plan Circulation Element (which the Commission has been tasked with updating)
    • Zoning Code amendment allowing wine tasting rooms in the Industrial district of West Newport Mesa (PA2020-042)
    • General Plan and Local Coastal Program amendments regarding nonconforming signs (PA2019-184)

November 23 @ 6:00 pm – Online Circulation Element Workshop
(Public participation by Zoom only)

November 24 @ 4:00 p.m. – City Council Meeting (<– note new start time)
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 p.m. – Study Session
    • Update on City’s Residential Refuse and Recycling Collection Program
    • Followed by closed session performance evaluations and compensation discussion regarding City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk
  • 6:00 p.m. – Regular Session
    • Termination of unused joint powers agreement regarding retiree medical payments
    • Acceptance of grant funds from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s ABC-OTS Grant Program
    • Approval of the 2019 Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant Program Transfer Agreement
    • Certification of petition for Underground Assessment District No. 120 (Santa Ana Avenue and Cliff Drive Area)
    • Initiation of Zoning Code amendment adding restaurants and fitness centers to area along Dover Drive just south of Westcliff
    • Contracts for Corporation Yard re-roofing, concrete replacement program (FY 2020-21), parking permit management and citation processing services, phlebotomy services, and additional funding for Big Canyon Restoration Project – Phase 2A
    • Update to Community Programs Grants and Special Events Grants
    • Financial update on past fiscal year and first quarter of this one
    • Possible resolution announcing intent to override the Airport Land Use Commission‘s November 19 finding that the Residences at 4400 Von Karman proposal (PA2020-061) is inconsistent with the Airport Environs Land Use Plan (removed from agenda because ALUC found the project to be “consistent” with the AELUP)
    • Introduction of Residential Design Standards Zoning Code and Local Coastal Program amendments (PA2019-070)
    • Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Costa Mesa toward the funding, development and shared use of its permanent bridge shelter facility
    • Request for Council action on franchise extension options on residential solid waste collection and recycling franchise update to comply with state organics recycling mandates
    • Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

November 30 @ 5:00 p.m.  –  EIR Scoping Meeting – Residences at Newport Center
(online meeting – must register)

  • Residences at Newport Center“: Unveiling of plans to demolish the existing car wash and service station and replace them with 28 new condominium units in a 53-foot tall, four-story structure (PA2020-020)
  • Public comment is being sought on items to include in the required Environmental Impact Report — see Initial Study
  • This replaces an earlier proposal, since withdrawn, for a larger project known as 150 Newport Center

December 2020

December 1 @ 5:00 p.m.  –  Finley Tract RP3 Community Meeting
(online meeting – must register)

  • Details here
    • Meeting to discuss status of the likely-failed proposal for residents-only permit parking in the “Finley Tract” (across Newport Boulevard from Lido Village) and alternatives to it  (PA2017-132)

December 1 @ 6:00 pm – Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission
City Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

December 2 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(This meeting will be broadcast on NBTV and live streamed on the City website with an opportunity for those interested to phone in comments or to observe and comment from the Community Room adjacent to Council Chambers) 

  • Look for agenda here
  • This will be the seventh meeting of the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee tasked with finding, and recommending, by October 2021, locations where 4,832 (now 4,834) new housing units could be built in Newport Beach between 2021 and 2029 in compliance with a state mandate.
  • The committee consists of nine citizen volunteers with expertise in real estate and land use appointed by the City Council to oversee the Housing Action Plan portion of the larger General Plan Update. The Mayor serves as a non-voting observer
  • Topics will presumably include a recap of the November 16 and 17 “Housing Suitability Workshops”

December 3 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Short-Term Lodging on Newport Island: consideration of amendments to Municipal Code Titles 20 & 21

December 7 @ 1:00 pm – Library Lecture Hall Design Committee meeting
(Zoom meeting)

  • Agenda & materials here
    • This committee is tasked with making recommendations regarding construction of a 275- to 300-seat lecture hall to be cited near Avocado Avenue in the Central Library parking lot and costing around $7 million.
    • According to the agenda, they will be discussing interior and exterior layout options with the architect as well as the project schedule, programming and concepts.

December 7 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee
(Zoom meeting)

  • Look for agenda here
    • Discussion of issues related to John Wayne Airport by Council-appointed citizens committee.
    • From JWA: overview of the airport’s October 2020 statistics and discussion of the new air carriers providing service to Orange County.
    • From City consultant: elements of the John Wayne Airport’s Phase 2 Commercial Access Plan and Regulations, including the Million Annual Passenger Count and Capacity Allocations
    • Subcommittee reports on Technical Matters,  Government Relations and Communications & Outreach

December 8 @ 4:00 p.m. – City Council Meeting (<– note new start time)
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)
(This meeting will be broadcast on NBTV and live streamed on the City website with an opportunity for those interested to phone in comments or — presumably — to observe and comment from the Community Room adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • Second reading and adoption of Residential Design Standards code amendments (PA2019-070)
    • Contracts for employee health screening, veterinary care services and Microsoft products
    • At 4:30 p.m.: Certification of November 3 election results and oath of office for newly elected council members
    • Selection of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem, their designation as labor negotiators with regard to the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk and other key unrepresented employees
    • Assignment of seats on the dais
    • Resolution setting 2021 meeting dates

December 9 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
(virtual meeting – see agenda for details)

  • Agenda here
    • Item 12a on the Wednesday agenda was to have been the City’s request to amend its Local Coastal Program to allow transfer of development rights from one property to another. However, the request has been withdrawn.

December 10 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Newport Beach Country Club-Tennis Club annual DA review (PA2016-196)
    • Hohberg Condominiums at 114 19th Street (PA2020-277)
    • Gondola Adventures CDP and Limited Term Permit (>90 days) at 200 Bayside Dr. (PA2020-273)
    • Pay Station Modernization CDP (PA2020-317)
    • Mumma Residence CDP at 74 Linda Isle (PA2020-256) – (tentative)
    • Jahangiri Residence CDP at 1015 Mariners Drive (PA2020-284) – (tentative)
    • South Bayfront Waterpointe, Residence CDP at 400 S Bay Front (PA2020-208)
    • South Bayfront Waterpointe, Residence CDP at 402 S Bay Front (PA2020-209)
    • Superior Avenue public parking lot and bridge to Sunset Ridge Park (PA2019-014)

December 15 @ 6:00 pm – Online Circulation Element Workshop (“A Vision for Newport Beach”)
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Details here
    • To provide basic knowledge regarding the General Plan Circulation Element , this workshop (Part 1 of 2) will facilitate a discussion with community members about a vision for Newport Beach Circulation, answer questions about current Circulation Element components, and solicit feedback.

December 16 @ 2:00-3:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting  
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
(see announcement: there will also be an opportunity to participate remotely via a conference call number)

December 16 @ 4:00 pm – Balboa Village Advisory Committee
(Public participation by Zoom only) 

  • Look for agenda here
    • This is expected to be the last meeting of this committee which has overseen funding for projects in the Village.

December 16 @ 6:00 pm – Online Circulation Element Workshop (“A Vision for Newport Beach”)
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Details here
    • To provide basic knowledge regarding the General Plan Circulation Element , this workshop (Part 2 of 2) will facilitate a discussion with community members about a vision for Newport Beach Circulation, answer questions about current Circulation Element components, and solicit feedback.

December 17 @ 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. : California Coastal Commission Public Workshop on Adaptation to Sea Level Rise
(virtual meeting – see agenda for detailed schedule)

  • Agenda here
    • This special meeting will be devoted to a discussion by local government officials and the California Coastal Commission of sea level rise and implementation of the Joint Statement on Adaptation Planning adopted by the Commission in November 2020, including the Local Government Sea Level Rise Working Group’s conclusions to date and objectives for 2021

December 18 @ 9:00 a.m. – City Council Special Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda available here
    • If not mentioned on the agenda, in addition to live-streaming with phone-in, limited in-person public participation is likely to be allowed from the Community Room adjacent to the Council Chambers
      • The subject of this meeting is to consider authorizing the City Attorney to support Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes’ challenge to a court order releasing approximately 1,800 Inmates from Orange County Jails
      • More about the order, including a copy of it, can be found in an article on Voice of OC.

Archived News – 2020

Regarding the removal of trees and reconfiguration of the parking lot at Ensign Middle School in the Cliff Haven area of Newport Beach, SPON filed a Declaratory Relief Action against the Newport-Mesa School District to define the rights and obligations of the parties involved (Case No. 30-2020-01144152-CU-JR-CJC). The action alleged that the District had denied SPON, its members and the community at large its due process rights by limiting and/or denying participation in the planning process whereby the construction plans were discussed and ultimately approved. Although a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent removal of the trees was obtained, the District removed all but two of the trees before the order could be signed.

A special City Council meeting to review the narrow issue of the City’s approval of the school district’s plans to modify the sidewalk and curb was held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. The permit for that work was upheld (see video). A follow-up hearing on SPON’s court action was held on Monday, June 29, but to no avail.

Read more about this in articles appearing in Stu News and the Daily Pilot before the City Council meeting and in Stu News and the Daily Pilot after it.

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