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CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH <br />CITY COUNCIL STAFF REPORT <br />Agenda Item No. go <br />July 10, 2007 <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />FROM: City Manager's Office <br />Homer Bludau, City Manager <br />949/644 -3000 or hbludau @city.newport - <br />SUBJECT: Code Enforcement and Intense Residential Occupancies (IROs) <br />ISSUE: <br />Should the City's approach to Code Enforcement change given greater intensities of residential <br />occupancies in our communities, including boarding houses masquerading as sober living <br />homes and some group homes that may need licensing but do not have it? <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />1. Offer direction to the City Manager regarding his suggested approach to Code Enforcement <br />and intense residential occupancies (IROs); and <br />2. Approve proposed amendments to Council Policy K -9 (Code Enforcement) reflecting <br />changes in Code Enforcement's approach to neighborhood nuisances and Building and <br />Zoning Code violations. <br />DISCUSSION: <br />Parts of Newport Beach have long been characterized by homes, including duplexes, in close <br />proximity to each other. Setbacks are small, sometimes only 3', and properties are long and <br />narrow. West Newport is especially known for these types of residences. These same <br />neighborhoods have tended to attract a more transient population — renters who are college <br />students, recently out of college, and /or who desire a less serene living environment. At the <br />same time, many families share the neighborhood, both because of its relative affordability and <br />its proximity to the beach. Many long -time residents "put up with" the random loud party or late <br />night noise because they enjoy the vibrancy of the area. <br />Further, even long -time residents may move out of their homes in the summer and rent them <br />out for weekly accommodations. These "short -term occupancies" are governed by the City's <br />short -term lodging permits. <br />In recent years, three new uses have found their way to West Newport, the Balboa Peninsula, <br />and other areas of the community. These are: <br />1. Residential Treatment Facilities licensed by the California Department of Alcohol and <br />Drug Programs (DADP), where one of five different types of drug or alcohol rehabilitation <br />is being offered on -site. These five rehabilitation services are: <br />