NEWPORT BEACH — Settling years of deliberation over rules that govern the city's appearance and land use, the City Council voted Tuesday night to approve a revised zoning code.
One of the most contentious issues the council decided was a regulation that limited the size of homes. The council voted to keep the existing code's formula, which has a uniform citywide calculation of floor-area limits, instead of varying rules for each neighborhood.
Throughout a prolonged public review process, some in the community also protested the diminishing marine businesses in the city. City Council candidate Rush Hill, speaking as a resident, requested that the council add a sentence to the zoning code that would encourage marine uses be built along Mariner's Mile.