Insider’s Guide to the Newport Beach City Council Meeting on May 11

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By Grace Leung, Newport Beach City Manager

Our next City Council meeting is Tuesday, May 11. Study Session begins at 4 p.m. Regular Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Items that may be of interest are highlighted below.  The entire agenda, and all reports, can be viewed at

Study Session:

The Council will hear a report on development impact fees and how they may be applied to future developments to help fund public facility needs. It is a preliminary examination of the issue and no Council action will be taken.

Regular Meeting:

A public hearing for a proposed zoning code amendment that would allow restaurants and health/fitness facilities along the west side of Dover Drive between 16th Street and Westcliff Drive. The area is adjacent to a bustling commercial strip that includes numerous restaurants and other general service uses. The current zoning for the area allows for offices, retail and mixed-use buildings that combine residential and retail. The proposed amendment would expand the zoning to include restaurants and gym/fitness facilities, subject to meeting parking requirements and obtaining a use permit.

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.

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