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It has been 17 years since the Newport Beach General Plan was comprehensively revised.
In early January 2019, the City Council initiated a comprehensive review of the General Plan. However, in the later portion of 2019, it became clear the City was going to receive a heightened Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation. This ultimately required the City to plan for 4,845 new housing units, of which nearly 75% must be affordable to extremely-low- , very-low-, low-, and moderate-income households. Given this mandate, the City Council directed City staff to focus on the Housing Element, Land Use Element, and the Circulation Element.
After several iterations and reviews by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the City Council adopted the Newport Beach 6th Cycle Housing Element on September 13, 2022, and on October 5, 2022, the City was only the 9th in Orange County to become certified. On October 25, 2022, the City Council adopted an update to the Circulation Element.
The City is in the process of reviewing the remainder of the General Plan for updating and refreshing to align with the community's goals and vision of Newport Beach for the future.