After a month of contentious public hearings and debate, the Newport Beach Planning Commission is expected to approve sweeping changes to the city's zoning code this week.
If later adopted by the City Council, the changes could alter the makeup of the city's streets and where people live. They include restrictions on home facades, designated space for condos on Mariner's Mile and other changes beget by the 2006 general plan update.
The most controversial provision would limit how large someone can build a home and, through a complicated numerical formula, determine how the front of that home must look. This proposed change brought residents from Balboa Island, Corona del Mar, West Newport and the Peninsula to Planning Commission public hearings and information sessions, where they registered their concerns.