August 13, 2003
I think everyone knows my thoughts on the condos proposed for 1901 Newport Boulevard by now, so I won't drag this whole thing out with too many comments on the technicalities of shade and shadow. I do believe, though, that our whole reliance on what is considered a threshold of significance has been subjective from the beginning. Even with the new environmental report and the revised development plan, I believe there will be a significant negative impact on the city and the surrounding neighborhood in terms of shade and shadow, traffic and density.
January 13, 2000
-- Source: The proposed Greenlight initiative. THE BASICS: The measure would amend the Newport Beach City Charter to require voter approval of projects that would require major amendments to the city's general plan. Any development over what is approved in the existing general plan requires an amendment. The basic thresholds in the initiative defining "major" are 100 dwelling units, 100 peak-hour traffic trips and 40,000 square feet of floor area. THE FINE PRINT: The thresholds do not apply to the city as a whole, but to each of 49 distinct "statistical areas" around the city, all of which vary in geographic size.
October 12, 2000
Why are the citizens of Newport being sent to the polls to vote on measures, S and T which cancel each other out? Measure T, known as the Traffic Phrasing Ordnance or TPO, is sponsored by politicians, the business sector and organizations that all depend on city money. Measure S, known as the Greenlight initiative, is sponsored by residents, who hope to control density of building as well as density of traffic by allowing residents to vote only on projects that exceed the city's general plan.
March 25, 2006
Newport Beach residents are invited to a workshop April 1 to discuss the draft of the city's updated general plan, which will guide development for the next 20 years or so. City officials and a committee of residents have been working since 2002 to create the plan. It describes what types of development and how much would be allowed in each part of the city. The workshop will cover the major changes in the plan, which could appear on the November ballot for voter approval. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. at Oasis Senior Center, 800 Marguerite Ave., Corona del Mar. For information on the general plan, call (949)
November 16, 2001
Lolita Harper It is the last piece of developable land in Costa Mesa. The last parcel of unpaved, unbuilt lima bean farm that tells the story of Orange County's agricultural history. But it has been said time and time again, it cannot stay bean fields forever. Something will be built on the 93 acres of land just north of the San Diego Freeway. The question is what. C.J. Segerstrom & Sons has tried for 20 years to develop three Home Ranch projects, the most recent one is expected to be voted on by the Costa Mesa City Council on Monday.
December 17, 2001
BRISTOL STREET SPECIFIC PLAN The City Council and planning staff are gearing up for major changes along Bristol Street. Tonight, council members will give specific direction for the proposed improvement of Bristol Street between the San Diego Freeway and Redhill Avenue. According to a staff report, planning staff now has time to begin the Bristol Street Specific Plan because other projects are coming to an end. In August, the council discussed several options for improvement.
July 24, 2006
After a final public meeting to be held Tuesday, Newport Beach's general plan will be headed for the November ballot. The plan, which city officials called "a comprehensive blueprint for the future of Newport Beach," lays out how much development and what kinds will be allowed around the city. It updates the existing plan, which hasn't had a major overhaul since 1988. By changing how much development can occur, the general plan would: boost the number of residential units that could be built in Newport by 1,166 units, decrease the amount of nonresidential building space that could be added by 514,498 square feet, and shrink the expected future number of peak-hour car trips city-wide by 1,157 trips in the morning and 998 trips in the evening.
January 28, 2005
Parking on peninsula should be part of the general plan Regarding the Pilot's Wednesday story, "Peninsula parking solution would cost city plenty," providing sufficient parking for the visitors to the Balboa Peninsula is a key issue that must be addressed and solved in the new Newport Beach general plan. If the city wants to expand public parking at McFadden Square, it should include a parking scheme as a part of the new general plan. This will allow public input and hopefully consensus.
February 1, 2010
The Orange County Fairgrounds Board of Directors will meet today to discuss its position on the sale of the fairgrounds. The board members have faced a backlash from the community for lobbying the state to sell the 150-acre property, and residents have demanded that they state their position in public. Meanwhile, the Costa Mesa City Council is scheduled to vote on amending the component of the city?s general plan specific to the fairgrounds. The council recently directed staff to amend that piece of the plan to more broadly define how the fairgrounds?
December 19, 2007
The American Planning Assn. announced Tuesday it has awarded the city of Newport Beach the 2008 National Planning Excellence Award for a Hard-Won Victory. The city earned the recognition for its adoption in November 2006 of the first comprehensive revision of the city’s general plan in more than 30 years. The revised plan redirects the city’s automobile-oriented development pattern to a more compact approach that encourages walking and community interaction. These changes will reduce the number of daily automobile trips by 28,000, the city’s carbon emissions, traffic congestion, and vehicle commute times, according to the association.