“…further growth is far more likely to be the problem than the solution for today’s communities. Urban growth is not something to be sought after like a prize or a blessing. Instead, it is more like a parasite that saps the strength and will of our communities…”
From “Better, Not Bigger – How to Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community”
by Eben Fordor
The General Plan:
Blueprint of our future Newport Beach
The General Plan Update community feedback phase officially kicked off at the Listen & Learn Community Fair on October 26, 2019. And now the city and its GPU steering committee and its consultants have set up a schedule of neighborhood workshops over the course of the next few weeks.
These workshops are conveniently located in each city council district and will provide a “General Plan 101” overview and then solicit residents’ opinions and concerns about the design and character of our city of the future.
We encourage everyone to attend one or more of these workshops to listen, learn and share your thoughts about the future of our town. We will plan to see you there!
General Plan Listen & Learn Workshop Schedule – As of November 6, 2019 These locations are especially convenient for residents within each council district. But all residents are welcome to attend any or all of the following workshops:
November 12, 6 – 8 p.m. at 16th Street Recreation Center – District 2
November 14, 6 – 8 p.m. Back Bay Science Center – District 3
November 20, 6 – 8 p.m. Newport Coast Community Center – District 7
November 21, 6 – 8 p.m. OASIS Senior Center – District 6
December 3, 6 – 8 p.m. Central Library’s Friend Meeting Room – District 5
December 11, 6 – 8 p.m. Bonita Creek Community Center – District 4
December 12, 6 – 8 p.m. Marina Park Community Center – District 1
Preserving our beautiful town and residents’ right to participate in that endeavor has been our focus and yours since the last General Plan Update in 2006.
It was not until 2014, when Measure Y proposed a major expansion of Newport Center, that we saw the need to form a standing Political Action Committee to carry out SPON’s mission of preserving and protecting the residential and environmental qualities of Newport Beach. What began as the No on Y Committee became Line in the Sand PAC (LITS).
Shortly after it was formed, LITS had to mobilize against a plan to build the Museum House condo tower in Newport Center. We gathered 14,000 signatures on a referendum petition in just 14 days as the Christmas holidays approached. This was a huge success and firmly established us as a force to be reckoned with.
Our belief, shared by more and more communities and experts, is that continued, piecemeal growth of density, mass and height is unwanted and undesirable.
It takes a village to save a village . . . and time and again we have helped each other succeed in doing just that.
We need to draw that line in the sand that says “this far and no farther”?
Disregard for the Public
Why are our City officials chipping away at the very things that are important to those who chose them to lead? Why is this happening?
Ignoring Policies & Guidelines
Why do our City officials allow never‐ending exceptions and modifications to our planning policies and guidelines, effectively allowing developers to dictate height and density allowances?
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This is especially important as the City is preparing to embark on its General Plan Update process which will formalize the vision of Our Town for years to come. We cannot afford to overlook or underestimate this opportunity. We must work together to find common ground on the vision of Our Town.
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