City Council has six months to adopt outline for development; Coastal Commission must still accept enforcement rules.The city of Newport Beach on Thursday overcame one huge hurdle in creating a state-required local coastal plan, but the work isn't over yet.
The California Coastal Commission unanimously approved the land-use portion of Newport Beach's local coastal plan at a Thursday meeting in San Diego. Environmentalists cheered the decision because the commission agreed with its staff rather than the city on two disputed items -- how to define wetlands and how far to set back buildings from coastal bluffs.
"We accepted those modifications," Newport Beach Assistant City Manager Sharon Wood said. "We studied them some more and decided that it's something we can live with."