The City is asking qualified residents to apply for seats on the newly formed Housing Element Advisory Committee by Jan. 25. Interested residents can apply through the City’s web site, www.newportbeachca.gov/vacancy, or in person at the City Clerk’s office, 100 Civic Center Dr.

The City is asking qualified residents to apply for seats on the newly formed Housing Element Advisory Committee by Jan. 25. Interested residents can apply through the City’s website, newportbeachca.gov/vacancy, or in person at the City Clerk’s Office, 100 Civic Center Dr.

The City Council voted to form the committee at its Jan. 14 meeting as part of a broader response to a controversial requirement that could compel Newport Beach to plan for the development of more than 4,800 housing units over the next decade.

The 10-member committee will consist of nine appointed residents and a non-voting member (the Mayor or Council designee). Residents with experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply: development of affordable and/or senior housing; California environmental law; transportation analysis/circulation planning; architectural or land use planning; real estate financing; residential development; general law; and leading public meetings.

The committee will advise the Council on policy decisions and guide City staff on issues related to the development of a certifiable Housing Element as required by the state Department of Housing and Community Development.
Cities throughout Orange County are struggling with a new mandate for housing development approved in November by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Under the new formula, Newport Beach’s development obligation increased from 2,751 housing units to 4,832 over the next decade.

In addition to forming the advisory committee, the Council directed staff to formally appeal the SCAG mandate, pursue amendments through legislative channels, refocus City planning efforts on housing and transportation, and collaborate with neighboring cities and other regional entities.

Applications for the committee are due by Jan. 25. For applications and information, please visit the City Clerk’s Office Vacancy Announcement page.

This legal notice expires, and will be moved to the archive, on Thursday January 30th, 2020.