By Grace Leung, Newport Beach City Manager
Our next City Council meeting is Tuesday, January 25. Items that may be of interest are highlighted below. The entire agenda, and all reports, can be viewed here: https://newportbeachca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/68612/72.
Study session at 4 p.m.
Community Development staff will present an update on the Draft Housing Element Update, including input recently received from the state Department of Housing and Community Development. The Council will provide direction on further revisions before the planning document is finalized in February.
Regular session at 5:30 p.m.
The Council will consider a resolution to create a General Plan Update Steering Committee. With the Housing Element update nearing completion, the City will restart a comprehensive General Plan update. The Steering Committee will lead the overall General Plan update effort and make recommendations to the City Council. Among other charges, the Steering Committee will provide oversight of a larger policy advisory committee and provide periodic reports to the City Council. The last comprehensive update to Newport Beach’s General Plan was in 2006.
City Council Meeting Information
The Newport Beach City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months (the exceptions are August and December).
Typically, there is a Study Session that starts at 4 p.m. Study sessions are times for the Council to take a deeper look at a specific issue, or hear a presentation, that might eventually lead to a specific and more formal action. A closed session often follows the Study Session. Closed sessions are typically to address legal, personnel, and other matters where additional confidentiality is important.
The Regular (evening) Session typically starts at 6 p.m., and often has a specific listing of different items ready for formal votes. Items on the “Consent Calendar” are heard all at once, unless a Council member has removed (aka “pulled”) an item from the Consent Calendar for specific discussion and separate vote. If an item on the agenda is recommended to be “continued”, it means that the item won’t be heard nor voted on that evening, but will be pushed forward to another noticed meeting.
Public Comment is welcomed at both the Study Session and the Regular Session. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you want to comment on a Consent Calendar item that was not pulled from the Consent Calendar by a Council Member, you will want to do so at the time listed on the agenda – right before the Council votes on the entire Consent Calendar (it’s Roman Numeral XIII on the posted agenda).
If an item is pulled, the Mayor will offer that members of the public can comment as that specific item is heard separately. Additionally, there is a specific section of Public Comment for items not on the agenda, but on a subject of some relationship to the city government.
If you cannot attend a meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly, this e-mail gets to all of them: [email protected] The City Manager also get’s a copy of the email, because in almost all cases it’s something that the City Manager follows-up on.
The Council meets in the Council Chambers at 100 Civic Center Drive, off of Avocado between San Miguel and East Coast Highway. There is plenty of parking in the parking structure. You are always welcome to attend in person, but you can also watch on TV, Spectrum channel 30 and Cox channel 852 or stream it on your computer.
This Insider’s Guide is not an attempt to summarize every item on the Agenda – just the ones that seem of specific interest to the City Manager. You are encouraged to read the full agenda if you wish.