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February 14, 2017 <br />Agenda Item No. 21 <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />FROM: Leilani I. Brown, City Clerk - 949-644-3005, <br />( <br />PREPARED BY: Leilani I. Brown, City Clerk <br />TITLE: Certification of Petition for Referendum of Resolution No. 2016-127 <br />Relating to the Museum House Residential Project <br />ABSTRACT: <br />On December 21, 2016, the community group Line in the Sand filed a referendum petition <br />with the City of Newport Beach (City) relating to City Council Resolution No. 2016-127. <br />Resolution No. 2016-127 approved a General Plan Amendment and certain California <br />Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents for the Museum House Residential <br />Project. My office, with the assistance of the Orange County Registrar of Voters, has <br />certified the adequacy of the signatures on the petition. <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />a) Determine this action is exempt from the CEQA pursuant to Sections 15060(c)(2) (the <br />activity will not result in a direct or reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in <br />the environment) and 15060(c)(3) (the activity is not a project as defined in Section <br />15378) of the CEQA Guidelines, California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Chapter 3, <br />because it has no potential for resulting in physical change to the environment, directly <br />or indirectly; and <br />b) Receive and file the Orange County Registrar of Voters Certificate as to Verification <br />of Signatures on Petition. <br />FUNDING REQUIREMENTS: <br />The current adopted election budget has sufficient funding to cover the cost of verifying <br />the signatures in the petition referendum. <br />DISCUSSION: <br />On November 29, 2016, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2016-127, which <br />approved General Plan Amendment No. GP2015-001 which changed the land use <br />designation for property located at 850 San Clemente Drive from Private Institutional (PI) <br />to Multi -Unit Residential (RM -100) and adopted CEQA facts and findings and a statement <br />of overriding considerations for the Museum House Residential Project. <br />21-1 <br />