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Insider's Guide for the Newport Beach City Council Meeting of September 10, 2019


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Happy Friday!  Our next City Council meeting is Tuesday, September 10.  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.

Study Session starts at 4 p.m. and includes an update on proposed code amendments related to Third Floor Massing, Beach Cottage Preservation and the RM Zone.  In May 2019, the City Council initiated code amendments related to these areas.  Staff has developed proposed amendments based on City Council input and conducted a community meeting to review the proposed amendments with the public and design community on August 19, 2019.  Comments and feedback received from the meeting and the proposed amendments will be reviewed with City Council at this study session.  Following Council direction, staff will present the proposed amendments to the Planning Commission for their review and recommendations, and ultimately return to City Council for final review and adoption. 

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

  • On the consent calendar is the recommendation of the Parks, Beaches, and Recreation (PB&R) Commission with regard to Marine Avenue tree maintenance.   At the August 13, 2019 study session, City Council discussed the maintenance of Marine Avenue trees, including staff’s recommendation of the removal and replacement of several trees.  Council requested that PB&R review the trees and to report back on the actions taken by the Commission.  PB&R reviewed the Marine Avenue trees on September 3, 2019 and provided direction that included the removal and replacement of four special eucalyptus trees, additional testing and review of the results before taking action on six additional trees and the replacement of the three non-eucalyptus trees with eucalyptus trees.  All replacement trees will be 24 inch box lemon scented gum eucalyptus trees.    

  • For public hearing is the Appeal of the Reed Residential Variance for 1113 Kings Road.  The Planning Commission approved a variance related to the construction of a new 10,803 square foot, single-family residence and a 1,508 square foot, four-car garage at this address in May 2019.  The variance authorized portions of the upper level roof and deck, and portions of an office and covered patio on the main level of the proposed home to exceed the allowed height limit due to the steep topography of the site.  The appeal was filed by Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON). 

  • Proposed revisions to City Council Policy B-17 – Parks, Facilities and Recreation Program Donations is before Council for approval.  B-17 establishes criteria for donations within the City’s public parks and streets system.  City Council reviewed the policy in July 2018 and took an action to suspend the policy and directed staff to work with the PB&R Commission to review and make recommendations on revisions back to the City Council.  The PB&R Commission conducted a detailed review of the policy, utilizing an ad hoc committee.  Following the review, PB&R recommended changes related to the donation and maintenance period, increase to the maintenance fee, standardization of types of benches used throughout the City, disallowance of memorial language, and elimination of plaques for donated trees.  Council considered these recommendations on May 14, 2019 and directed the removal of all donation plaques and to offer first right of refusal after the ten-year donation period.  Council also directed these changes be reviewed by the PB&R Commission.  The commission has approved these changes and now the proposed changes to the policy are back to City Council for final review and approval.

  • Amendments to the Municipal Code related to Chapter 6.04 – Garbage, Refuse and Cuttings and adding Chapter 6.06 – State Mandated Municipal Solid Waste Diversion Programs are required to be in compliance with state legislation that mandate commercial recycling and the diversion of organic materials from the waste stream by businesses.  The revisions to the Municipal Code will require businesses and multifamily complexes of five units or larger to comply with AB 341 and AB 1826 or face penalties.  Staff has been working closely with the affected businesses and franchise haulers to educate and gain compliance on the new requirements.       

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 is also provided this weekIt is posted 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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