General Plan Update Steering Committee (Dissolved)



The Steering Committee is intended to:

A. Ensure there is sufficient public outreach and stakeholder input regarding the update to the General Plan;

B. Provide guidance to City staff regarding the preparation of a Request for Proposal for services to update the General Plan;

C. Make recommendations to City Council regarding the selection of a consultant to assist in the update of the General Plan;

D. Provide guidance to City staff and the consultant through the "Listen and Learn" process; and

E. Make other recommendations to the City Council regarding the update of the General Plan, as necessary.

Committee Authorization

Adopted by Council Resolution No. 2019-7

Amended by Council Resolution No. 2019-20 

Dissolved by Council Resolution No. 2020-06

Progress Report

The Steering Committee shaped the request for proposals (RFP) for community engagement related to a future General Plan update and directed staff to release it on March 25, 2019.The City received four qualified proposals. On May 15, the Committee conducted interviews with three of the four proposers and agreed to pursue Kearns & West further. At its May 29 meeting, the Committee provided a unanimous recommendation that the City Council adopt a professional services agreement with Kearns & West (K&W). On June 25, the City Council authorized the agreement. With the K&W team under contract, staff worked to bring the outline of the community outreach and engagement plan (Listen & Learn), as well as the branding and messaging for the efforts to the Committee for review at its September 12 and September 25 meetings. The Committee will meet again on October 16 to hear updates on the October 26 Listen & Learn launch event, as well as the General Plan diagnostic memo related to the current General Plan and how it may need to change to be consistent with the most recent State mandates. Stay tuned!

For More Information:

Nancy Gardner, Chair 02-12-2019
James Carlson 03-12-2019
Catherine O'Hara 03-12-2019
Ed Selich 02-12-2019 
Debbie Stevens 02-12-2019
Larry Tucker 02-12-2019 
Paul Watkins 02-12-2019
Mayor Diane Dixon, Ex Officio Member  


 Jim Campbell Deputy Director 949-644-3210 
 Ben Zdeba Senior Planner  949-644-3253 


Online Housing Workshop

  • Date: 10/20/2020 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  
  • Introduction: The City will be seeking input from the community on the future of housing in Newport Beach at an interactive, virtual workshop on Oct. 20 from 6-7:30 p.m.

The City will be seeking input from the community on the future of housing in Newport Beach at an interactive, virtual workshop on Oct. 20 from 6-7:30 p.m.

The workshop, “Envisioning the Future of Housing,” is the first in a series of community forums that will help update the housing and the circulation (transportation and mobility) portions of Newport Beach’s General Plan.

Participants can register here for the virtual workshop, hosted on Zoom.

Earlier this year, the City was informed that it must plan for an additional 4,834 housing units over the next decade to comply with legal requirements of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). This workshop will gather input on how best to integrate future housing units into the city.  

The virtual workshop will include surveys, polling, live discussion, and other activities to engage Newport Beach residents in the General Plan process. The Oct. 20 workshop will focus on housing, to be followed by a circulation workshop later this year.  

The General Plan update effort builds on the broader “Newport, Together” community outreach conducted in fall, 2019. The General Plan’s Housing Element details the City’s strategy for enhancing and preserving community character and identifies strategies for additional housing. The Circulation Element guides how people move through the City through various forms of transportation.

Visit for more information and to register for the Zoom virtual workshop.

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