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July 18, 2013
Costa Mesa officials have scheduled a General Plan update workshop for next week, this time with a family-friendly element. While parents and other interested parties attend Tuesday's meeting from 7 to 8 p.m., children can make cars using cardboard boxes on the Civic Center lawn, 77 Fair Drive. After the meeting, "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" will be screened. Attendees will get four free tickets to the movie and free corn dogs and snacks, according to a city news release.
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By Bradley Zint | May 16, 2013
From urging better zoning enforcement to improving housing options for the homeless, those who attended a Wednesday night workshop on updating Costa Mesa's General Plan gave a wide variety of input. The workshop, in the Emergency Operations Center next to City Hall, was the first of several planned in the coming months in what city officials are calling a "Great Reach" effort to amend the state-mandated document. MIG consultant Laura Stetson described the General Plan as a "blueprint for development and evolution of a city.
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By Jeffrey Harlan | June 9, 2012
With little discussion, the Costa Mesa City Council awarded a $665,000 consulting contract Tuesday night to update the city's general plan over the next 18 months. Although this project has flown under the radar, its importance cannot be underestimated. As the city's blueprint for growth, the general plan should clearly articulate the community's expectations — how and where we want to develop — so that those who desire to build and invest in Costa Mesa know what kind of standards the community has established.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 29, 2013
Newport Beach violated its own general plan when it approved a 1,375-home residential and commercial development at the 400-acre Banning Ranch site, an Orange County Superior Court judge has ruled. The city did not work closely enough with the Coastal Commission before council members voted 6 to 0 to approve the project in July 2012. Banning Ranch Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit, sued the city two months after that vote, alleging Newport violated its own policies and that the environmental review of the development was flawed.
NEWS
April 10, 2004
June Casagrande In the far-reaching process of updating the city's general plan, consultants have noticed an opportunity to improve emergency response times in case of an airplane disaster within Newport Beach's borders. Right now, if an airplane heading for or leaving John Wayne Airport were to crash in the city, there's no direct communication link to allow air traffic control staff members to alert the city's fire and paramedic response teams. It's a different situation than a possible crash on the airport grounds because the county has its own emergency response team on-site.
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By Alicia Robinson | December 15, 2006
A lawsuit challenging the environmental report on changes to Newport Beach's general plan has been dismissed, Newport Beach City Atty. Robin Clauson said. Voters in November approved an overhaul of the general plan, which sets guidelines for development in the city. The suit, filed in August by Stop Polluting Our Newport, said the environmental report on the changes was deceptive because it claims the new general plan would reduce traffic while adding more homes, a spokesman for Stop Polluting Our Newport said at the time.
NEWS
January 3, 2002
The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is urging business members to get involved in the city's general plan update process by attending the city's Visioning Festival on Jan. 12. The free event will take place at the Hoag Hospital Conference Center at 1 Hoag Drive. There will be two sessions -- one from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the other from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Throughout the day, exhibits and information will be on display and available to anyone unable to attend the full session.
NEWS
By By Alicia Robinson | January 25, 2006
Leaders vote to send Newport residents newsletters about vote on policy that will guide growth.A newsletter explaining the update to Newport Beach's general plan will hit residents' mailboxes next month, kicking off a 10-month informational campaign leading up to the Nov. 7 election. The newsletter is one of 12 residents can expect to receive, as part of a $508,000 consulting contract the City Council approved, by a 5-1 vote, Tuesday. Dick Nichols voted against the plan. The general plan is the document that guides how land is used in the city.
NEWS
November 28, 2000
Alex Coolman NEWPORT BEACH -- In the wake of Measure S, the battle over growth might seem to have quieted down, but that wasn't the case Monday in the meeting room of the Newport Beach Library. That's where a committee has been gathering to hammer out a revised version of the city's general plan, the document the city uses to guide its policies on safety, traffic and, yes, growth. Newport Beach's general plan was created in the 1970s and portions of it were updated in 1988, but the state Attorney General has been pushing the city to bring the document into the 21st century.
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By Alicia Robinson | May 8, 2006
After three years of working on an update of the city's general plan, Newport Beach officials are now down to the nitty-gritty: reducing the expected number of future car trips by paring down the development that's allowed. City Council members began public hearings on the proposed update April 25 and will hold six more hearings. The planning commission also is discussing the general plan at several upcoming meetings. The general plan will guide development in the city for the next 20 years.
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By Emily Foxhall | February 12, 2014
The Newport Beach City Council has opened a second front in the legal fight over the Newport Banning Ranch development. Council members agreed in closed session Tuesday to appeal an Orange County Superior Court order related to their earlier decision to greenlight development on a swath of old oil fields in West Newport. Ed Selich, Keith Curry, Nancy Gardner and Mike Henn voted in favor of challenging the ruling, City Attorney Aaron Harp said after the closed session. Mayor Rush Hill and council members Leslie Daigle and Tony Petros were absent.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | January 29, 2014
Costa Mesa's citywide effort to update its general plan continued Tuesday with a joint study session of the City Council and Planning Commission. A majority of officials agreed that efforts to revitalize the portion of Harbor Boulevard south of Wilson Street should be a priority. Parcels along the thoroughfare are vacant, or appear blighted, in comparison with the rest of the city, they contended, and incentives should be created to encourage development there. The study session also focused on examining land uses in other areas, including the business district near John Wayne Airport, the area northwest of the 405 Freeway and the Westside.
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By Emily Foxhall | January 22, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court judge has upheld the environmental impact report for the proposed Newport Banning Ranch development. However, Judge Robert Becking also found that the city violated its general plan during the process of approving the project. The judgment, which wraps up the court case unless either side appeals, echoes rulings made late last year . City Council members will consider at their meeting Tuesday whether to amend that portion of the general plan, a guiding document for development in the city, said City Atty.
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By Emily Foxhall and This post has been updated, as noted below. | January 16, 2014
A Newport Beach committee is moving forward in reviewing possible changes to the land-use portion of the city's general plan, a state-mandated guide for development that was last updated in 2006. The panel is awaiting results of an environmental impact report, which is being conducted by Santa Ana-based urban planning and design firm Planning Center, after having suggested modifications to the size and kind of land developments in about 20 locations in the city, including Newport Coast Center, the Bluffs and Fashion Island.
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By Bradley Zint | January 14, 2014
Costa Mesa public officials weighed in on the future of their city Tuesday night in a study session about the six "visioning statements" prepared thus far for the general plan. The state-mandated document, updated about once a decade, acts as a citywide blueprint with conceptual guidance on development. Tuesday's study session in the Emergency Operations Center brought City Council and Planning Commission together for their input. Commissioner Tim Sesler was absent. The general topics for the six visioning statements - created after the public was heard from last year - deal with land use, housing, economy, open space, culture and transportation.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 29, 2013
Newport Beach violated its own general plan when it approved a 1,375-home residential and commercial development at the 400-acre Banning Ranch site, an Orange County Superior Court judge has ruled. The city did not work closely enough with the Coastal Commission before council members voted 6 to 0 to approve the project in July 2012. Banning Ranch Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit, sued the city two months after that vote, alleging Newport violated its own policies and that the environmental review of the development was flawed.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 15, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to examine the amount it charges developers for the burden their projects place on local infrastructure. Since 2005, the city has charged a one-time fee that takes into account the average daily trips generated by a new or expanding project, whether it's commercial, industrial or residential. The collected fees then help fund any needed transportation upgrades caused by the development. The daily trip average is determined by city staff using mathematical formulas.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | September 18, 2013
Newport Beach is in the process of reviewing possible changes to the land-use portion of the city's general plan. The city periodically updates the document, a state-mandated guide for development, to reflect changes, such as economic growth and housing needs. Newport Beach last amended its plan in 2006. City leaders hope to place proposed revisions on the ballot in 2014. As the economy recovers, city officials want to make changes that will ensure the document is appropriately monitoring the way land is being developed.
NEWS
By Ryan Esfahani | September 9, 2013
Anyone who pays attention to the doings of the Costa Mesa City Council knows that our city is busy updating its general plan. The press has covered the many public meetings, creative outreach efforts and road shows aimed at getting Costa Mesa residents involved in this communal act of visioning future development in the city. But, sadly, scant attention has been paid to a crucial part of the general plan update. With little press coverage or public input, the City Council is currently reviewing proposed revisions to the city's housing element, the road map for meeting the city's housing needs for the next seven years.
NEWS
August 1, 2013
Newport Beach is asking for public input and suggestions on changes for land use rules laid out in the city's General Plan. The City Council recently appointed a Land Use Element Amendment Advisory Committee to review potential changes to the section of the General Plan that governs how property owners can use their land, according to a new release from Newport Beach. "The proposed changes decrease development potential in some areas of the city, while increasing it in some areas," according to the news release.
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