Newport Beach should let California officials know that a state law limiting local control over solar panel installations has negative consequences, the city's Planning Commission decided Thursday night.
"Maybe we can't be successful," Commissioner Michael Toerge of Corona del Mar said. "We can't be if we don't try."
Toerge said that Newport Beach could work with other cities, or work alone, to let state leaders know that a bill passed in 2004 fails to protect views and could have other "unintended consequences."
The commissioners took to heart testimony from Bayside Drive resident John Petry, who lives across from a solar installation belonging to a new Irvine Terrace home. That home's hillside solar panels triggered neighbor complaints that led to a City Council study session and a directive to staff to research how the city could regain some local control.
"Just because it's a state law doesn't make it a sacred cow," Petry said. "It's not something that's an inalienable right to anyone."