In and Around NB

City Council Redistricting

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by conducting  public hearings and/or workshops. 

Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of council representation. The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.  

For FAQ and the Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee meeting scheduled, see here.

“Trash Talk” Redux

Our August 19 CdMRA speaker’s program focused on the new State recycling laws that the city will be implementing shortly.  Dave Webb, the City’s Public Works Director, took us through a presentation on the upcoming changes, why they are important and what the City’s timeline is for implementation. 

How does that impact Corona del Mar residents?  A picture is worth a thousand words, and Dave Webb gave us permission to post his presentation on our website.  Take a look here.   

Newport Beach resident Robyn Grant recently published an article on this topic in the Newport Beach Indy.  It is also full or useful information and helpful links. If you missed it, the NB Indy article is still available here.

Draft Housing Element for incorporation in our General Plan 

In 2020, the City initiated a focused amendment of the Newport Beach General Plan. The purpose of this amendment is to enable the City to comply with State laws, including the State Housing Law and others relating to transportation and environmental justice. Compliance is mandatory, although how the City complies is left to the City, subject to approval by the State. This was prompted by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment Study which resulted in a state-mandated requirement that Newport Beach plan for the development of 4,845 new residential units in our city.  

However, in order to fulfill the affordable housing requirement of the Newport Beach RHNA allocation, the Draft Housing Element currently estimates that close to 10,000 units will be required. 

This General Plan Amendment will focus on updates to the following elements of the City of Newport Beach General Plan: 

        • Housing Element 
        • Circulation Element 
        • Land Use Element 
        • Environmental Justice Policies 

The Draft Housing and Circulation/Traffic Elements were published in March.  The public is invited (and encouraged) to send their comments on one or both of these important roadmaps which will guide the development of the mandated 4,845 new residential units, including where these dwellings will be located and how traffic flows and circulation (bike and pedestrian travel as well as management of traffic from motor vehicle trips).  

Please be sure to visit the City’s website pages dedicated to this process for updates on important community workshops.

Homelessness Update  

City Manager Grace Leung frequently provides updates on homelessness in Newport Beach in her weekly newsletter.  And the City maintains a webpage devoted exclusively to this topic, which is available here, and includes contact information for our Homelessness Liaison as well as other important information and resources.

The most recent update from the City Manager includes these highlights:

The City of Costa Mesa began moving clients into the new regional Bridge Shelter week of April 16, 2021.  The new shelter, located at 3175 Airway Avenue, provides up to 72 beds for individuals experiencing homelessness in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. 

Through a partnership agreement, the City of Newport Beach has secured 20 beds to shelter and stabilize people in the Bridge Shelter beginning in May. The shelter is operated by Mercy House, which provides case management to locate appropriate permanent housing, assist with job searches, and provide other on-site services. 

Newport Beach discourages panhandling in favor of targeted assistance through the Good Giving Program. Donations received through the program enable staff to purchase items such as bicycles, work boots, and small household items for newly housed people. All donations are tax deductible. If you would like more information, or to donate, please visit our Good Giving Program webpage. 

City staff works closely with our contractor City Net, and our regional partners throughout the county and state, to address homelessness. The City Net hotline number is (714) 451-6198. Those who call the hotline may leave a detailed voicemail message for themselves or others in need and City Net staff will respond within 48 hours. For immediate assistance, call the County’s Crisis Prevention Hotline at (877) 7-CRISIS or (877) 727-4747.

Residential Design Standards Changes – Effective January 7, 2021 

On November 24, 2020, the City Council introduced Ordinance No. 2020-28 amending development standards applicable to one-unit and-two unit developments. This will become effective on January 7, 2021. 

Revisions to Third Floor Standards 

      • Third floor step backs would apply to covered deck areas. A step back is an additional offset of a wall or building feature beyond the minimum setback line.
      • Third floor side step backs would apply to lots 30 feet wide or greater.
      • Maximum covered third floor area (enclosed or unenclosed) limited to 50 percent of buildable area.
      • Uncovered deck area would remain unrestricted.
      • Third floor step back standards (front and rear) would apply to 25-foot wide or less lots zoned R-2.
      • Third floor step back standards (front, rear, and sides) would apply to single- and two-unit dwellings in Multiple Residential (RM) zone.

Clarification of Gross Floor Area

      • Unfinished attics with a ceiling height of 6 feet or higher would count as floor area.
      • Covered patios, decks, and balconies above the first floor would count as floor area unless completely open on at least two sides, rather than one side.
      • Carports only open on one side would count as floor area.

Single-Unit and Two-Unit Dwellings in the R-BI Zone

      • Third floor and open volume standards applicable to R-1 and R-2 zones would now apply to single and two-unit dwellings in Two-Unit Residential, Balboa Island (R-BI) zone. 
Additional Information
For a full recap of changes and how they impact existing and new project, visit 

 Short-Term Lodging Update as of October 27, 2020  

The City Council approved new, stricter short-term lodging regulations in July and again in October 2020. 

Some of the new short-term lodging regulations approved by City Council include the following:

      • A three-night minimum stay for all short-term lodging rentals.
      • A cap on the number of short-term rental permits to 1,550 and create a waiting list for new permits once the cap is reached.
      • No short-term rentals to anyone under 25 years of age.
      • Short-term lodging permits can be transferred to immediate family members upon the death of a permit holder, and to new owners upon the sale of the property.
      • Occupancy must align with existing building and fire codes.
      • Permit numbers must be placed in all advertising to help prevent illegal rentals.
      • Renters of short-term lodging and their guests must comply with all local and state parking laws or permit holders may be fined

A majority of the regulations are already in effect. The 25-year age limit and parking rules will take effect in late November. The cap on the number of permits and the minimum night stay will not go into effect until they are reviewed and approved by the California Coastal Commission, which is not expected until late 2021.

In addition, the City Council may consider additional restrictions specific to Newport Island. 

On October 13, 2020 the Council directed staff to return with a draft ordinance that would restrict new short-term lodging permits and require that property owners live in the short-term rental units. This would also require Planning Commission and Costal Commission approval and would not take
effect before late 2021.

At the Oct. 27 City Council meeting, Council members Joy Brenner and Diane Dixon directed staff to return with two items for further discussion. The first is to review the transferability provisions that were recently adopted for short-term lodging permits. The second is to discuss and possibly strengthen the municipal code provisions that related to enforcement of short-term lodging regulations.  Read more here.

The City has also implemented a Short-Term Lodging Hotline.  The service can be reached at (949) 718-3443. Read more here.

To view permitted short-term lodgings in Newport Beach on the City’s interactive map here.

Announcing Newport Ready Guide . . .

For the past year, the Newport Beach Fire and Police Departments have been working with Chapman University and the Emergency Management Institute of Design on a Newport Ready Guide.  The Newport Ready Guide is now available here.

COVID-19 Update . . .

Visit the City’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage for the latest updates, including the City’s phased re-opening plans for beaches, open spaces, city facilities, local businesses and important updates from governmental agencies such as OC Health Department, CDC, NIH, FEMA and more. The City also provides an easy way to get updates directly in your inbox.  All these tools and more available here

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