Latest News

Airport News:

    • See press release:  SPON recently created a formal Aviation Committee, consisting of selected board members and interested parties, to sharpen its longstanding focus  on airport and aviation issues affecting the quality of life in Newport Beach.
    • The FAA is soliciting public comment on a recently-published document reviewing its studies affecting aircraft noise policy. Comments were to be due by March 15, but the deadline has been extended to April 14.

City Government News (General Plan Update):

    • The City has posted an initial draft of an updated General Plan Housing Element showing how 4,845 new dwelling units (and more) can be added to the City by 2029. It was made available for public examination on March 10, prior to an initial review by the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee on March 17 and a virtual workshop on March 22,followed by further review by the HEUAC on March 31 and at study sessions by the Planning Commission on April 8 and City Council on April 27. Written comments on the draft are officially due by April 30. On May 15 staff will submit something to the state for initial comment. The state will have 60 days to respond. To avoid penalties, staff has said a final version must be approved by the City Council by October 15., although it appears there is no penalty if it is adopted by February 15Details here. Prior to adoption by the City Council, an Environmental Impact Report must be prepared and provided for public review. The timetable for that has not been announced.

Note: City staff is already proposing revisions not reflected in the draft currently posted for review. A modified draft including those and possibly other revisions has been promised prior to the April 27 Council study session.

    • The City has also posted an initial draft of an updated General Plan Circulation Element, showing a plan to accommodate the traffic from the new dwelling units that could be added by 2029, and more. It was reviewed by the Planning Commission on March 18 and will be the subject of a virtual workshop for the public on April 5. Public comments on it are also due by April 30. Unlike the Housing Element, it does not require state review and there does not seem to be a deadline for adoption, but it appears the plan is to adopt it at the same time as the Housing Element.  Details here.

Important Upcoming Dates

(see SPON Calendar for additional listings)

April 13 @ 4:00 p.m. – City Council Meeting (<– note new start time)
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • 4:00 p.m.  Study Session
      • Updates on Crystal Cove cottages and Balboa Island drainage proposal
      • Followed by closed door discussion of possible lease or sale of public right-of-way to Palmer Luckey at 929 Zurich Circle and 944 Via Lido Nord
    • 5:30 p.m.  Regular Meeting
      • Accept state grant to purchase safety boats for Marina Park sailing program
      • Approve contracts for:
        • Design work on Balboa Island drainage system and bay-crossing water and sewer main replacement projects
        • Five-year lease of portion of 26th Street street-end tidelands to Balboa Boat Yard
        • Installation of wireless phone system for lifeguard towers and Lifeguard Headquarters (a proposed no-bid contract)
        • Management of NBTV programming and operations by Newport Beach & Company
        • Internal audit services by Moss Adams LLP
      • Receive update on proposed Summer 2021 Balboa Peninsula Trolley operation and COVID-19
      • Consider proposed underground Assessment District No. 120 for the area along Santa Ana Avenue between Old Newport Boulevard and Cliff Drive
      • Consider introducing amendments to Municipal Code Titles 20 & 21 regarding Short-Term Lodging on Newport Island (PA2020-326)

April 14 – Last day to comment on FAA noise activities study

  • The FAA is soliciting public comment on a recently-published document reviewing its initiatives affecting aircraft noise policy.
  • Although the form says comments were due by March 15, the deadline has been extended to April 14.
  • All large volume of comments from Newport Beach residents citing irritation caused by noise from John Wayne Airport may help to establish it needs action.

April 15 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only)

April 30 @ 4:30 pm – Public Comments due on draft General Plan Housing and Circulation Elements

  • In response to a state mandate to plan for 4,845 new dwelling units by 2029, the City is preparing updates to the Housing and Circulation Elements of its General Plan.
  • City staff has announced it plans to submit a draft of the Housing Element to the state for review on May 15, following a City Council study session on April 27.
  • Comments from the public will apparently be incorporated as staff sees fit.
  • The documents to review are available here:
  • City staff has proposed revisions to the Housing Element not reflected in the draft currently posted for review. A modified draft including those and possibly other revisions has been promised prior to the April 27 Council study session, but it is not clear when it will be posted.

Annual Meetings

SPON’s 2021 Annual Meeting of the general membership has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 29.  Unfortunately, it will need to be conducted online, via Zoom.

SPON’s 2020 Annual Meeting (its 46th) had long been planned to be held in person at the Environmental Nature Center, as has been our custom for many years, with presentations and brunch. Unfortunately, that had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings.

SPON’s 2019 Annual Meeting was a great success with nearly 100 participants joining us for our complimentary brunch and speakers program, which included Randall English (Newport Bay Conservancy), Newport Beach Council member Jeff Herdman and State Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (AD 74).

2019 Meeting Photos here for you to enjoy!

Contributions Always Welcome

We have much work to do, and contributions are always most welcome and helpful.

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Food for Thought . . .

Watch this space for articles and commentary on topics or issues that we are following.

Former Council Member and SPON Co-Founder Jean Watt asks tough questions about Team Newport’s agenda . . .

and about the appropriateness of the proposed Koll Center Residences project…

Planning Commissioner Erik Weigand takes issue with developer’s “pay to play” statement

 Our Pledge

As environmental and residential quality-of-life advocates, we continuously monitor proposed development projects, and their resulting traffic impact, as they make their way to the Planning Commission, City Council and California Coastal Commission.  We keep you informed of projects that will jeopardize the residential and environmental qualities that we fought so hard to maintain, whether within our own city limits or projects initiated by neighboring cities that will impact Newport Beach.

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