NEWPORT BEACH — This November, the most important political question in Newport Beach may be who should control development: the City Council or voters.
People on both sides of the issue fired their first public salvos at a forum Wednesday before an audience of about 70 residents, including nine of 13 prospective City Council candidates. Community group Speak Up Newport organized the event at the Newport Beach Yacht Club.
Speakers debated the November ballot measure known as Greenlight II, but they also discussed the city's general plan update.
The Greenlight initiative is a follow-up to Measure S, which Newport Beach voters approved in 2000. Proposed by the Greenlight residents group, Measure S requires a public vote on development projects that would add more than 100 homes, 100 peak-hour car trips or 40,000 square feet beyond what the city's general plan allows.