Uptown, harbor on council agenda

At its meeting Tuesday, the Newport Beach City Council will tackle the following issues:

•Moving forward with the Uptown Newport Development.

At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Planning Commission voted to recommend that the City Council move forward in planning the development, which will consist of a mixed-use residential and office site.

•Allot funds for Regional General Dredging Permit.

The council may vote to allot $100,000 to hire a consultant who will develop a "sampling and analysis plan" to develop a new permit to dredge around piers in Newport Harbor.

The existing permit expires in March 2014. The city hopes that a new permit will allow for more material to be dredged and for permitting processes to be streamlined.

•Adoption of the city's state and federal legislative advocacy platform.

The council Tuesday could adopt its official 2013 Legislative Platform, which lays out priorities for Newport's Washington and Sacramento advocates. The council could also vote to extend a contract with lobbyists Van Scoyoc and Associates for $48,000 per year.

At its study session, the council will review ways of approaching oceanfront encroachments on the east side of the Balboa Peninsula. The issue has generated controversy, as the city and state have expressed concerns about private residents extending landscaping beyond their property lines, creating the impression that the public does not have access to those areas.

The council will meet for the study session at 4 p.m. in the new Council Chambers at 100 Civic Center Drive. The regular meeting will start at 7 p.m.


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