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

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

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Archived News

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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