General Plan Update

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It has been 16 years since the General Plan for Newport Beach was comprehensively revised. In early January 2019, the City Council initiated a comprehensive review of the Newport Beach 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.

To help make sure you receive all notices of public meetings and opportunities for input as well as any news related to any potential General Plan Update, please sign up for the interest list using our e-notifications system and choose "General Plan Update" or you can email the team.




The Newport Beach 6th Cycle Housing Element is Certified!

Click here to view the letter.

Now Available: Final Adopted and Certified Housing Element (September 13, 2022)


Now Available: Final Adopted Circulation Element Update (October 25, 2022)




Recent Staff Presentations

Complete General Plan (warning: large PDF file). Click on image below:



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