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Week in Review

October 22, 2006

NEWPORT BEACH

Measure V supporters detail general plan update

The city's general plan update — on the ballot as Measure V — would change the amount of development allowed over the next 20 years so that car trips in the city would be reduced by 30,000 trips per day, the total amount of nonresidential development would shrink by 461,224 square feet, and the number of homes could grow by 1,149 units, Measure V proponents said this week.

The measure would be the first major overhaul to the city's general plan since 1988. A public vote is required because of a city charter change residents approved in 2000.

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Measure V opponents argued that any claims it will reduce development are merely on paper, and it would actually boost traffic over what exists today by more than 120,000 trips per day.

It's not clear what will happen if the measure fails, but the city has been told twice by state officials to update the general plan.

  • The Greenlight residents group, which supports voter control over major developments, last week announced it is endorsing City Council candidates Brenda Martin, one of four candidates for the District 1 seat, and Dolores Otting, who is challenging appointed Councilman Keith Curry in District 7.

    The group opted not to endorse Councilman Dick Nichols, who won a seat in 2002 with Greenlight backing. Group spokesman Phil Arst said that as an incumbent, Nichols seemed to be in a stronger position than the other candidates, and the group only has limited resources in this campaign.

  • A pact between the city and Orange County got two big changes Friday, when officials stripped it of two controversial items affecting Santa Ana Heights. The agreement's central point gives Newport Beach veto power over future expansion at John Wayne Airport, and that is unaffected by the changes.

    County officials took out an item to let Newport Beach develop a park on a county-owned parcel at Mesa Drive and Birch Street, and one that would have given Newport sole jurisdiction over whether to complete a horse trail along Mesa Drive.

    Supervisor Jim Silva said there was too much opposition from other board members to those items, so they were scrapped. The amended agreement goes to supervisors and the City Council on Tuesday.

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