YTD Calendar

The following is a running list of past events that were posted to the SPON calendar in 2021.

January 2021

January 12 @ 4:00 p.m. – 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 p.m.: Study Session (followed by closed session)
    • Marine Activities Permits
    • Mariners and Dover Shores Neighborhood Traffic Calming Study
  • 6:30 p.m.: Regular Meeting
    • Contracts for street pavement repair, geotechnical and federal advocacy services
    • 25-year extension of lease regarding Orange County Water District water transmission pipeline
    • Acceptance of state literacy grant
    • Approval of Mayor’s appointments of Council members to boards and committees
    • Approval of Harbor Commission Goals and Objectives for 2021
    • Residences at 4400 Von Karman proposal (PA2020-061) to build 312 apartments in existing office parking lot at Koll Center (near airport)
    • Review of Harbor Commission’s approval of 944 Via Lido Nord Dock reconfiguration proposal
    • Introduction of ordinance amending City code regarding Marine Activities Permits
    • Direction to staff regarding Mariners and Dover Shores Neighborhood Traffic Calming
    • Approve revisions to City tree policies
    • COVID-19 update

January 14 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only)

January 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – SCAG Housing Allocation Appeal Hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Look for agenda here
    • In connection with the 4,834 dwelling units assigned to Newport Beach for its General Plan Update, the Southern California Association of Governments RHNA Appeals Board will be hearing Newport Beach’s appeal of the small number assigned to the City of Santa Ana as well the high numbers assigned to Newport and the three other cities appealing Santa Ana’s allocation.
    • No conclusions will be reached until after all the appeal hearings have been completed a week later.

January 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – SCAG Housing Allocation Appeal Hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only)

January 20 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (Zoom)
Details available on request.

January 20 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(Public participation by Zoom only) 

  • Look for agenda here
    • Hear updates from the active subcommittees.
    • Provide an opportunity to review and discuss progress draft documents that were shown at the December 2020 meeting.
    • Receive an update from staff on the progress being made with receiving responses from property owners of properties identified by the Sites Subcommittee.
    • Review and discuss a memorandum prepared by the Affordable Housing Subcommittee.
    • Receive an overview of the anticipated schedule moving forward.

January 21 @ 5:00 pm – District 6 Town Hall
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Announcement here
  • Although hosted by the District 6 council person, City staff makes presentations open to all
  • Topics presented will reportedly include:
    • Results of CdM Community Survey
    • Public Safety Update
    • Building and Development Update, including Accessory Dwelling Units and Regional Housing Needs Assessment response
    • Public Works / Infrastructure Update
    • COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

January 21 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • 35 dwelling unit mixed use project replacing marine sales facility on Mariners Mile, 2510 West Coast Hwy (PA2019-249)
    • Westcliff Plaza Parking Waiver, for future construction of new restaurants in existing shopping center parking lot (PA2019-266)
    • DeCaro Residence Variance & Coastal Development Permit, 5406 Neptune Avenue (PA2020-072)
    • Circulation Element update – status report

January 25 @ 5:00 pm – Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission
(Zoom meeting)

  • Look for agenda here
    • The public can attend in the Community Room.
    • The Commission will be reviewing and reconsidering its December 1 recommendation to the City Council regarding the park component of the proposed the Residences at 4400 Von Karman project (PA2020-061)
    • It will also be considering a reforestation request for replacement of four trees in the Harbor View Hills South neighborhood

January 25 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee
(Zoom meeting)

  • Agenda here
    • Discussion of issues related to John Wayne Airport by Council-appointed citizens committee.
    • Topics: Review of accomplishments in 2020 and setting of goals for 2021.

January 26 @ 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
    • Review of restaurant parking and outdoor dining requirements and more general commercial parking needs
  • 5:30 p.m. Regular Meeting
    • Second reading of ordinance adopting new Marine Activities Permit regulations
    • Resolution giving consultant access to tax records
    • Contracts for window washing and hearing adjudication
    • Acceptance of grants for small business support and emergency management
    • Residences at 4400 Von Karman proposal (PA2020-061) to build 312 apartments in existing office parking lot at Koll Center (near airport) — first reading of ordinances
    • General Plan Amendment, Variance, and Conditional Use Permit for automated car wash at Shell service station, 1600 Jamboree (PA2016-093)
    • Consideration of new residential waste collection contract proposal from CR&R
    • Approval of 2020 Residential Recycling Fee Study and setting March 23 for public
      hearing on new Recycling Fee Rates
    • Coronavirus update

January 27 @ 6:00 pm – Online Circulation Element Workshop (“A Vision for Newport Beach”) – Postponed to February 10

January 28 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only)

January 30 @ 9:00 a.m. to noon – City Council Annual Planning Session
Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for 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.

February 2021

February 3 @ 1:00 pm – Library Lecture Hall Design Committee meeting
(Zoom meeting)

  • Agenda & materials here
    • This committee is tasked with making recommendations regarding construction of a 275- to 300-seat lecture hall to be cited near Avocado Avenue in the Central Library parking lot and costing around $7 million.
    • According to the previous meeting’s minutes, they will be making final decisions for presentation to the City Council regarding the interior and exterior layout options.

February 3 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(Public participation by Zoom only) 

  • Look for agenda here
    • Hear updates from the active subcommittees.
    • Go through the various sites that have been reviewed by the subcommittee charged with identifying potential housing redevelopment sites within the 65db Community Noise Equivalent Level (CNEL) contour areas. Viability of housing in these areas will also be discussed given current General Plan policy.
    • Receive an overview from staff on approaches for using accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to count towards the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation for Newport Beach.

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

February 9 @ 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
      • Orange County Human Relations Annual Report
      • Current status of the Housing Element Update Process
    • 5:30 p.m. Regular Meeting
      • Approval of Residences at 4400 Von Karman (PA2020-061) proposal to build 312 apartments in existing office parking lot at Koll Center (near airport) — second reading of ordinances
      • Adoption of resolution denying Shell Service Station Car Wash project located at 1600 Jamboree Road
      • Adoption of City Council Tree Policy revisions
      • Contracts for Police Station Locker Room Remodel, Graffiti Abatement, Plumbing Maintenance and Repair Services
      • Appointment of Council Member Noah Blom to Finance Committee (replacing Joy Brenner)
      • Balboa Village Parking Management Overlay (PA2017-046) – public hearing on acceptance of Coastal Commission modifications
      • Short-Term Lodging on Newport Island: consideration of amendments to Municipal Code Titles 20 & 21 (PA2020-326): notice for hearing but being removed from calendar pending further analysis
      • Presentation of Phase VI Recommendations for Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park
      • Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

February 10 @ 4:00 pm – State of the City Address
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Register here
    • Newport Beach Mayor Brad Avery will be presenting a live address hosted by Speak Up Newport.

February 10 @ 6:00 pm – Online Circulation Element Workshop (“A Vision for Newport Beach”)
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Look for details here
    • “Visioning and Community Dialogue” follow-up to December 15 and 16 workshops

February 11 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only)

February 17 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(Public participation by Zoom only) 

  • Look for agenda here
    • Sites analysis discussion, to begin with entitled projects that are eligible for the Housing Element Update and a placeholder for ADUs, followed by sites that can provide units to fill the gap between the RHNA requirement and the number of units provided by entitled projects and ADUs
    • Policy discussion
    • Initial narrative and outline of the project description for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

February 18 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission 
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Continued from January 21:  35 dwelling unit mixed use project replacing marine sales facility on Mariners Mile, 2510 West Coast Hwy (PA2019-249)
    • Rescheduled from February 4:  Telecom Modification Conditional Use Permit at 1111 Camelback Street (PA2020-152)
    • Appeal of Superior Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge and Parking Lot CDP (PA2019-014)
    • Benihana Restaurant Expansion at 4250 Birch Street (PA2019-258)
    • Circulation Element discussion

February 22 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee
(Zoom meeting)

February 23 @ 4:00 p.m. – City Council Meeting (<– note new start time)
Civic Center – Council Chambers
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
  • 4:00 p.m. – Study Session
    • Update on Homeless Strategies
  • 5:30 p.m. – Regular Meeting
    • Ordinance allowing wine tasting rooms in West Newport Mesa Industrial Zone (PA2020-042)
    • GPA/LCP amendments allowing continuation of nonconforming signs (PA2019-184)
    • Oceanfront Boardwalk Update

February 24 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (Zoom)
Details available on request.

February 24 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Virtual Workshop: Opportunity Sites & Policy Strategies
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Look for details here
    • This online workshop is related to the Housing Element portion of the City’s General Plan Update effort
    • It is presumably intended to solicit public input on the strategies and future housing sites identified by the City’s  Housing Element Update Advisory Committee to meet the state’s demand to add 4,845 new units by 2029.

February 25 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
(Public participation by Zoom only)

March 3 @ 5:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

  • Agenda here
    • The Commission will be reviewing the proposed lease agreement for a new commercial carrier (Sun Country Airlines) to operate out of JWA, and making recommendations to the County Board of Supervisors.

March 3 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Advisory Committee meeting 
(Zoom only) 

  • Look for agenda here
    • Updates from the active subcommittees
    • Discussion of the recent virtual public workshop
    • Presentation on the State’s housing accountability legislation, including the very important topic of No-Net-Loss

March 4 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Continued from January 21:
      • Appeal of Superior Avenue Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge and Parking Lot Coastal Development Permit (PA2019-014)
      • Westcliff Plaza Parking Waiver, for future construction of new restaurants in existing shopping center parking lot — to be continued again (PA2019-266)
    • FONBAS Animal Shelter CUP at 20282 Riverside Drive (PA2020-349)
    • Bethel and Ridge Subdivision and Residences amendment, 365 Via Lido Soud (PA2019-085)
    • Annual General Plan Progress Report (PA2007-195)

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