The General Plan Update process started in earnest at the February 12, 2019 City Council meeting. Mayor Dixon’s five nominees for the GPU Steering Committee were approved unanimously by council (6-0 with Duffy being absent). They are:
Line in the Sand and members of the public requested a better balance of representation, particularly with more resident-focused views on balanced development. The council agreed to add two additional members to the Steering Committee (seven rather than five), and required that the GPU meetings remain on schedule, starting February 13 as planned. The two new appointees will join the committee in early March. Read more here . . .
Our recommendation for one of the two newly created Steering Committee positions is Tim Stoaks, who lost his bid for a City Council seat in 2018 by just 36 votes. Tim has been actively involved in a number of Newport Beach projects over the last few decades, including the Santa Ana Heights annexation and its Redevelopment Agency, the OASIS Senior Center project and more. He has a proven skillset that will benefit the General Plan Update process, and we know he has the trust of at least 18,422 Newport Beach voters!
GPU Information Resources
SPON maintains comprehensive information about the general plan. Visit their website sponnb.org and type “general plan update” in the search box.
The city has set up a new webpage dedicated exclusively to the General Plan Update. Meeting schedules, materials and a link to the current General Plan are available on this page: newportbeachca.gov/gpupdate.
The PowerPoint presentation from the January 8 Study Session is available on the page link above (or click here). That PowerPoint was also used at the February 13 Community Meeting, with a few slight modifications.
The city has established a specific email for use during this process (GPUpdate@newportbeachca.gov), and encourages all interested stakeholders to sign up for General Plan Update email notifications. Go to the city’s website and type ENEWS in the search box. That will take you to the sign-up page. Follow instructions, and be sure to click on the envelope icon for General Plan Update.
General Plan Update
Be sure to check our Events page where we will publish announcements of General Plan Update (GPU) meetings on a regular basis. Your active participation in these meetings is critical in developing our hometown’s blueprint for the next decade and beyond.
You may have already seen this quote on the city’s website and in SPON’s emails, but it is certainly worth repeating here:
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody,
only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
Jane Jacobs: Author of Death & Life of Great American Cities
In addition to participating in the GPU process, there are important development projects that we need to monitor.
Koll Center Residences, a high-rise complex spanning across three towers in the Airport Area near Jamboree and Birch, has come back to the Planning Commission for a Study Session redo. The initial study session was abruptly halted mid-meeting as several commissioners identified their financial conflicts of interest in this project. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.
Many of you drive by Shopoff’s Uptown Newport project, growing by leaps and bounds, in the very same Jamboree office complex as the planned Koll Center project. Residences, retail shops and more are being jammed in between several high-rise commercial centers
And just a block or two away, our neighbors in Irvine keep building more and more high-density projects from our shared boundary line to its northernmost city limits.
We are all in this together, and together we can effect positive change. Line in the Sand will continue to monitor development projects, participate in the General Plan Update process to the fullest extent, and encourage our council members to foster an open, transparent and inclusive city government which includes active citizen engagement and a respectful dialog with voters of varying points of view.
You can help by engaging with your neighbors on these issues, and scheduling time with your council members and key city staff for meaningful conversations about your vision for our city’s future. This is especially important as the General Plan Update process officially kicks off in February 2019.
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We thank you for your past support and willingness to talk about and tackle the big, important issues.
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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