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The Amendment Process <br />The goals, objectives and policies contained in this document were formulated through a <br />process similar to that recommended by the State: Office of Planning and Research (OPR- <br />Guidelines). Many of the basic goals and objectives, such as the preservation of the uni- <br />que residential neighborhoods have been developed in prior documents and form the basis <br />for the initial stage of issue identification. Land use decisions have been the focus of con- <br />troversy in the City of Newport Beach during the: 1980's. The longstanding public debate <br />on land use decisions helped determine the specific concerns of the community, identified <br />the relative importance of the concerns, and helped identify solutions to those concerns. <br />This public dialogue, since it occurred in the context of concrete land use decisions, made <br />it relatively easy to identify the goals, policies and objectives considered vital by various <br />segments of the community. <br />Goal and issue identification was accompanied b;y extensive data collection. City staff ob- <br />tained updated information as to existing development on all parcels of land within the <br />City of Newport Beach. This process required 6 months to complete, but resulted in a com- <br />prehensive and complete picture of Newport Beach today. While this data was being col- <br />lected, plans from other jurisdictions of similar size and location were reviewed and <br />evaluated. Recently prepared comprehensive; environmental assessments of major <br />projects presented to the City Council were also reviewed and analyzed. <br />In accordance with OPR Guidelines, these revisions to the Land Use and Circulation Ele- <br />ments were accompanied by a "rigorous examination" of all mandatory elements to insure <br />internal consistency. Recent amendments to the ]Housing and Recreation and Open Space <br />Elements were considered and policies in those documents have been reviewed for con - <br />sistency with this element. The extremely broad, but still relevant, policies of earlier docu- <br />ments have been incorporated with relatively few changes, and comprehensive, concrete <br />implementation measures have been developed to carry out those policies. <br />Beginning in February, 1988, the City sponsored the General Plan Outreach Program. The <br />Outreach Program consisted of a series of 25 meetings, each of which was well publicized <br />and well attended. Invitations were extended to every homeowners' association, business <br />organizations, environmental groups and individuals known to be interested in land use <br />planning or the future of the City of Newport Beach. Hundreds of people attended these <br />meetings. The Mayor, members of the City Council, and Planning Department staff were <br />present at each meeting. Staff gave a thorough presentation of the issues identified to date, <br />relevant data collected during the early stages of the process, and the various goals and ob- <br />jectives that had guided the City's planning process the past 15 years. The response from <br />the community was outstanding, and the comments and criticisms received during that <br />process were used by the City in revising the goals and determining the objectives of the <br />community. <br />Upon completion of the Outreach Program, a set of alternative plans was formulated, a <br />preferred project selected, and consultants began preparation of a comprehensive environ- <br />mental impact report. Preliminary drafts of the Land Use and Circulation Elements were <br />prepared and presented to the Planning Commission. <br />- 1 - <br />