YTD Calendar

The following is a running list of past events that were posted to the SPON calendar in 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

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