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)

March 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
      • Overview of City’s Code Enforcement program
      • Early look at FY 2021-22 Capital Improvement Program
    • 6:30 p.m. – Regular Meeting
      • Adoption of ordinance allowing continuation of previously-legal non-conforming signs
      • Adoption of a new City Council Policy K-4 (Reducing the Barriers to the Creation of Housing) and initiation of code amendments related to increasing housing opportunities
      • Approval of Cultural Arts Grants and confirmation of Council Member Joy Brenner’s citizen appointment to the Finance Committee
      • Public hearings on:
        • Zoning Code amendment to allow the operation of Wine Tasting Rooms in the Industrial Zoning District
        • Conceptual design, fundraising Memorandum of Understanding and Zoning Code exemption for Junior Lifeguard Building
        • Fee Study Update
        • Code amendment to remove fire false alarms section and to authorize the Police Chief to Investigate alarm systems for permitting
      • COVID-19) Update

March 10 – Posting of initial draft of updated Housing Element

  • Details here
  • The City has announced that 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, will be posted on this day for public examination prior to a review by the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee on March 17 and a virtual workshop on March 22.

March 10 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
(virtual meeting – see agenda for details)

  • Agenda here (note: all these Newport Beach-related items have been postponed to future meetings)
    • Item 12a on the Wednesday agenda was to have involved review of a request from the County of Orange for changes to public access to the Harbor Patrol/Coast Guard property and beach off Bayside Drive. SPON has submitted a letter expressing concern about existing, unpermitted access violations at the site.
    • Item 12b also involves Newport Beach. It was to have been the Coastal Commission’s consideration of a new dock at 939 Via Lido Soud, approved, on appeal, by the City Council as their Item 18 on June 25, 2019. Commission staff does not agree with the Council’s approval of dock extensions into the harbor.
    • Item 12d authorizes and requires City work to repair a harbor-facing public walkway along the Rhine Channel.

March 10 @ 4:00 p.m. – Quality of Life in Newport Beach
(Zoom webinar – details here)

  • The Speak Up Newport organization is hosting a Zoom webinar entitled: “Quality of Life in Newport Beach – Trending Down?’
    • A panel of four City employees from four departments will be answering the question “What is the City of Newport Beach Doing to Increase Quality of Life for both Residents and Visitors?”
    • Registration (at the above link) is required to view

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

March 12 – Posting of initial draft of updated Circulation Element

  • Details here
  • The City has announced that an initial draft of an updated General Plan Circulation Element, showing a plan to accommodate the traffic from the 4,845 new dwelling units that could be added by 2029, and more, will be posted on this day for public examination prior to a review by the Planning Commission on March 18 and a virtual workshop on April 5.

March 15 @ 5:00 pm – Aviation Committee
(Zoom meeting)

  • Agenda here
    • Discussion of issues related to John Wayne Airport by Council-appointed citizens committee.
    • Topics:
      • City’s aviation resources and expenditures
      • Subcommittee progress reports

March 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
    • Subcommittee reports
    • Presentation on Housing Overlay Districts
    • Staff to familiarize committee with the Initial Draft Housing Element Update
      • An additional meeting will be held on March 31 to make recommendations about it to the Planning Commission and City Council

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

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Collins residence appeal, 413 Edgewater Place (PA2020-215)
    • Westcliff Plaza Parking Waiver, for future construction of new restaurants in existing shopping center parking lot (PA2019-266 — scheduled, but application withdrawn)
    • General Plan Circulation Element update – study session on initial draft

March 22 @ 6:00 pm – Housing Element Update Virtual Workshop
(Public participation by Zoom only)

March 23 @ 2:00-3:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting  
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
(may be virtual)

March 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
      • Discussion of how the “Matters Which Council Members Have Asked To Be
        Placed On A Future Agenda” agenda item is handled
      • Presentation by the Harbor Commission on the Harbor Attendance Study
      • Followed by closed session discussion of:
        • Price and terms of lease or sale of former City Hall property to Lido House Hotel owner
        • Price and terms of selling or leasing 845 square feet of public right-of-way on Lido Isle streets to resident Palmer Luckey
    • 6:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting
      • Adoption of ordinances:
        • Allowing Wine Tasting Rooms in the West Newport Mesa Industrial Zoning District
        • Changes to Cost Recovery Table for City services rendered
        • Amending  Fire Alarm reporting regulations
      • Adoption of resolutions:
        • Delaying funding for the Balboa Island/Corona del Mar Microtransit Feasibility Study Project — and letter requesting two-year extension of time to complete Back Bay Water Wheel (trash interceptor) project
        • Approving revised Public Works Department design standards and drawings
        • Reestablishing the Ad Hoc Committee on Short Term Lodging
      • Approval of contracts for:
        • Road striping and signage maintenance
        • Civic Center Chiller maintenance and repair services
        • Pay-By-Cell and Parking Reservation services
      • Appointment to fill vacancy on the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee
      • Acceptance of a painting recommended by the City Arts Commission
      • Annual General Plan progress report (PA2007-195)
      • Financial Statement audit results for FY 2019-20
    • 6:30 p.m. – Public Hearings and other matters
      • Proposition 218 hearing to consider a Residential Recycling Fee rate increase
        • Notes:
          • The logic by which any recycling fee can be imposed is unclear. Voter-adopted Municipal Code Section 6.04.140 continues in effect and provides that in most of the City the government must defray the full cost of curbside residential trash disposal using only the basic property tax collected.
          • By the methodology of the “fee study,” if the residents achieved 100% diversion from landfills, none of their property tax would go toward that trash collection and they would be expected to pay, separately and additionally, the entire cost.
      • Consider a one year waiver of Business License Tax renewal for businesses required to close by order of the State of California
      • Receive Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

March 24 @ 4:00 p.m. – 4,834 New Housing Units in Newport Beach? Part Two
(Zoom webinar – details here)

  • The Speak Up Newport organization is hosting a Zoom webinar to discuss the status of the City’s state-mandated General Plan Housing Element update
    • The panel will consist of Housing Element Update Advisory Committee Chair Larry Tucker and Community Development Director Seimone Jurjis
    • Registration (at the above link) is required to view

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

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

March 31 @ 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
    • The committee is set to review the Initial Draft Housing Element Update and make a recommendation about it to the Planning Commission and City Council, including submittal on May 15 to the state Department of Housing and Community Development for comment
    • The committee will then likely go on hiatus until feedback is received from the state

April 5 @ 6:00 pm – Online workshop to review initial draft of Circulation Element Update
(Public participation by Zoom only)

  • Details here
    • This workshop will provide an overview on what to expect when reviewing the draft Circulation Element and how to navigate it
    • The City is requesting comments on this draft by April 30, 2021

April 8 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
(Public participation by Zoom only)

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