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City Council Agenda items and other items of interest to the City Manager

February 8, 2019

Happy February! It’s hard to believe a month of 2019 has already passed, though it’s also been a busy year so far.  Thank you to those who braved the weather and joined us for the City Council’s annual planning session last Saturday.  Great input from the community as City Council and staff discussed service levels and projects in the context of developing the next budget.  The next review of the developing budget will be an early look at the capital improvement projects (CIP) during a study session in March. 

Our next City Council meeting in Tuesday, February 12.  The following are items that may be of interest.  As always, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here.

We will have a Study Session beginning at 4:00 p.m. to discuss two items.  There will be a discussion on the Beacon Bay Home Owners Association’s proposal to change how their current ground lease is calculated.  Because Beacon Bay homes, located at the terminus of Harbor Island Road and Beacon Bay, are on land owned in fee by the City and filled tidelands owned in fee by the State, the residential properties are ground leased to the homeowners.  The HOA has submitted a proposal to amend the rate of the most recent lease agreement.  The second item is an overview of City Trees -  how the City cares for, maintains and manages the over 35,000 public trees in the City.  Discussion will include an overview of the City Council’s tree policies and the maintenance activities staff undertakes to keep the City trees in good condition.   

The Regular Session begins at 7:00 p.m. and the following are items of note on the consent calendar:   

  • There is an ordinance to amend the floodplain management section of our municipal code.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) updated the mapped flood zones and the City must update its ordinance to conform to these new maps.  The properties affected by the revised floodplain maps are on Balboa Peninsula.
  • The Finance Commission is recommending several changes to various City Council fiscal policies following a detailed review.  The proposed revisions are primarily to promote efficiencies and ensure smooth administrative operations.
  • An Aviation Ad Hoc Committee of the City Council is proposed to review the roles and responsibilities of the Aviation Committee. With the City’s ongoing and multifaceted approach to addressing the impacts related to John Wayne Airport, a review of the committee’s structure and duties is recommended to enhance the City’s efforts and ensure the community’s input is effectively received.
  • Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of five residents to the General Plan Update Steering Committee is also on the consent calendar.  Following a review process, the Mayor is appointing: Nancy Gardner (chair), Ed Selich, Debbie Stevens, Larry Tucker and Paul Watkins.  On a related note, the first community meeting on the General Plan Update is on February 13, 6pm at Marina Park.

    Items of note for Public Hearing and General Business include: 

  • Planning and land use entitlement for the Harbor Pointe Senior Living Project, located at 101 Bayview Place.  This project will demolish an existing restaurant building (Kitayama) and replace it with a 120 bed, 3-story senior convalescent and congregate care facility.  Items for City Council consideration for this project include a general plan amendment, planned community development plan amendment, major site development review, development agreement, and environmental impact report (EIR).  The project was reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission.
  • An ordinance amending the Local Coastal Program (LCP) is proposed to ensure that both the City’s LCP Implementation Plan and the Zoning Code are consistent with each other and reduce conflicting code sections.  In September 2017 the City Council approved submitting the amendments to the California Coastal Commission.  In December 2018, the Coastal Commission approved the amendment with modifications.  The amendment with modifications is now before City Council .
  • An appeal of the Harbor Commission’s approval of Newport Marina, a proposed marina reconstruction project, is on the agenda.  However, both the project applicant and the appellants have requested the appeal be continued to March 12, 2019.  This will provide time for the parties involved to attempt to resolve their concerns.   
  • A Master License Agreement with New Cingular Wireless (AT&T) is presented for City Council consideration.  The agreement will allow AT&T to install small cell facilities on City-owned streetlights, a more recent technology for carriers to build out their networks and address coverage gaps.  If approved, AT&T will submit applications for no less than 20 small cell sites within 90 days of agreement execution. 

As a reminder, public comment is welcome at the City Council meeting.  The public can comment on any item on the agenda.  If you cannot attend the meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly on an item, the following e-mail address gets to all of them: City Council

The Week in Review was provided this weekIn case you missed it, we do post them on the City’s website; the latest edition can be found here

Thank you for reading.  Feedback is appreciated so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Grace K. Leung
City Manager


City Council Meeting Information

The Newport Beach City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months (the exceptions are August and December). Typically, there is a Study Session that starts at 4 p.m. Study sessions are times for the Council to take a deeper look at a specific issue, or hear a presentation, that might eventually lead to a specific and more formal action. A closed session often follows the Study Session. Closed sessions are typically to address legal, personnel, and other matters where additional confidentiality is important. The Regular (evening) Session typically starts at 7 p.m., and often has a specific listing of different items ready for formal votes. Items on the “Consent Calendar” are heard all at once, unless a Council member has removed (aka “pulled”) an item from the Consent Calendar for specific discussion and separate vote. If an item on the agenda is recommended to be “continued”, it means that the item won’t be heard nor voted on that evening, but will be pushed forward to another noticed meeting.    

Public Comment is welcomed at both the Study Session and the Regular Session. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you want to comment on a Consent Calendar item that was not pulled from the Consent Calendar by a Council Member, you will want to do so at the time listed on the agenda – right before the Council votes on the entire Consent Calendar (it’s Roman Numeral XIII on the posted agenda). If an item is pulled, the Mayor will offer that members of the public can comment as that specific item is heard separately. Additionally, there is a specific section of Public Comment for items not on the agenda, but on a subject of some relationship to the city government. If you cannot attend a meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly, this e-mail gets to all of them: The City Manager also get's a copy of the email, because in almost all cases it’s something that the City Manager follows-up on.  

The Council meets in the Council Chambers at 100 Civic Center Drive, off of Avocado between San Miguel and East Coast Highway. There is plenty of parking in the parking structure. You are always welcome to attend in person, but you can also watch on TV, Spectrum channel 30 and Cox channel 852 or stream it on your computer.

This Insider’s Guide is not an attempt to summarize every item on the Agenda – just the ones that seem of specific interest to the City Manager. You are encouraged to read the full agenda if you wish.

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