What is a General Plan?
Let’s shape the future of Newport Beach together!
After almost 20 years, the City of Newport Beach is thrilled to announce the launch of the community’s Comprehensive General Plan Update. The General Plan Update is not just a document; it is a visionary roadmap that will shape the future of Newport Beach, ensuring sustainability, resilience, and prosperity for generations to come. Through extensive community engagement and innovative urban planning, this project will empower us to build a city that reflects our collective values and aspirations. Join us on this exciting journey towards a brighter, more vibrant, and resilient future for our city. Together, we will create a General Plan that lays the foundation for a city we can all continue to be proud of.
This webpage is dedicated to the General Plan Update and keeping the community informed and engaged. It will continue to be updated with new information, community events, and other pathways to get engaged. Sign up for the newsletter below.
The General Plan Update process provides an opportunity for community members to discuss and weigh in on the city’s future! There will be a variety of community events and we hope you join us. Events are subject to change. Learn more by clicking on the events listed below or get engaged by looking at the full calendar of events! Check back regularly for new events and opportunities to share your input!
Events are currently being planned. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
General Plan Update Steering Committee & General Plan Advisory Committee
The City Council has established a General Plan Update Steering Committee (GPUSC) and a General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC). The GPUSC is a three-member Brown Act Committee appointed by the City Council. The GPUSC reports to the City Council, sharing recommendations from the GPAC. Appointed on November 15, 2022, the GPAC includes up to 30 representatives from the Newport Beach community and has nine subcommittees, which include the Outreach Subcommittee. The role of the GPAC and its subcommittees is to:
- Ensure sufficient public outreach and stakeholder input regarding the update to the General Plan;
- Review and provide guidance to City staff and its consultant(s) on changes to the General Plan goals and/or policies as part of the update process that are deemed necessary or advisable to reflect the community's vision for the city; and
- Make recommendations to the GPUSC regarding changes to General Plan goals and/or policies.
GPAC and GPUSC meetings are open to the community for public comment. Meetings are scheduled monthly, typically on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Dates are subject to change. Learn more on the City of Newport Beach website or in the resource library.
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 5:00 pm
General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC)
Civic Center Community Room
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 5:00 pm
General Plan Update Steering Committee (GPUSC)
Civic Center Community Room
Frequently Asked Questions
A General Plan is a long-term document that acts as a guide for future development and is used as the foundation for decision-making on the physical development of a community. The General Plan is required by State law and is used by local governments to make decisions about land use, housing, transportation, infrastructure, and parks, among other issues. While planning horizons vary, it typically sets direction for the next 20-30 years.
General Plans are required to address land use, transportation of goods and people, housing, the conservation of resources, the preservation of open space, noise, and safety in chapters of the General Plan that are referred to as “elements.”
A General Plan contains goals that set values and direction, policies that guide decision-making, and programs to carry out the actions needed to achieve the goals.
While many community members are unaware of the General Plan’s role, it affects every person in Newport Beach by shaping the places where we live, work, and play. Therefore, it is essential that the General Plan reflect the needs and desires of the community so that Newport Beach grows and is preserved according to a shared vision for the future. The General Plan Update process includes an extensive outreach program consisting of surveys, events, workshops, advisory committees, and this interactive website to establish community needs and desires for the future of Newport Beach.
A General Plan update may have many benefits for the community, including preserving and enhancing quality of life, guiding economic growth, providing direction for housing decisions, clarifying the decision-making processes of the City, promoting positive changes for public health and sustainability, protecting open spaces and natural resources, and developing approaches to address wildfires and other natural hazards.
The General Plan Update process provides an opportunity for community members to discuss and weigh in on the city’s future. There will be layered opportunities for the community to participate, learn about the General Plan Update process, and provide invaluable input. Outreach will remain flexible and adaptable to what works best for the Newport Beach community. We encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate, including visiting a pop-up event, attending an open house, and completing online surveys.
The City of Newport Beach General Plan is currently being updated to respond to social, economic, and environmental changes, and to comply with new State laws. Nearly 20 years have passed since the last General Plan was adopted and Newport Beach is presented with many new issues and opportunities. Therefore, the General Plan must be updated to reflect the ever-changing needs and desires of the community.