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 


Virtual Public Workshop on Initial Draft Review of Circulation Element Update

The City is inviting and encouraging the community to provide input on the future of mobility and transportation in Newport Beach.

An interactive, virtual workshop will be hosted on Monday, April 5, 2021, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. 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, and the draft is available here.

To register please visit or click here.

Over this Summer, a complete traffic analysis will also be prepared as part of the analysis of both the Housing and Circulation Element updates. The analysis will evaluate the inclusion of all housing units anticipated by the draft Housing Element. Along with the Circulation Element update, City staff and its consultant team will be working on the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which will provide for additional public input opportunities.

This is the very first draft of the document. There will be plenty of opportunities to help shape it before its adoption by City Council later this year. The entire community is encouraged to participate and review it.

Stay tuned for more information. The City appreciates the community’s engagement and participation in this unprecedented process!

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