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Current Capital Improvement Projects

Corona del Mar Fire Station and Branch Library (work in progress)
Lido Fire Station No. 2 (design underway)
Balboa Blvd. Median Improvements (design will take place this coming summer)
Balboa Peninsula Crosswalks - Phase 2 (completed in Spring of this year)
Library Lecture Hall (proposed and under study)
Junior Lifeguard Headquarters Building (design architect to be hired)
Lower Harbor Dredging (pre-project tasks such as design, permitting, environmental) are underway)
Superior Avenue Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge and Parking Lot (concept design will be
completed in Spring)
Harbor Swim Platforms (in the permitting phase)
Newport Island Park Upgrades (project concepts to be reviewed in February by the Park, Beaches and Recreation Commission)
Grant Howald Park Rehabilitation (community input being sought on rehabilitation plans)
Big Canyon Nature Park (design underway)
Bayside Drive Traffic Calming Improvements (work in progress)
Balboa Village Streetscape Improvements (work in progress)
Arches Storm Drain Dry Weather Diversion (final design is underway)
Spyglass Hill Streetlight Upgrade (LED light fixtures ordered and received; installation planned for April)
West Coast Highway - Phase 2 Landscape Improvements (design is underway)
MacArthur Blvd./University Dr. Pavement Rehabilitation (permitting taking place)
Bison Ave./San Joaquin Hills Rd. Pavement Rehabilitation (design is underway)
Balboa Island Water Main Replacement (work in progress)
Underground Utility Districts (6 projects)


Aviation Update

There are a couple of things happening nationally that I thought you might find
interesting, and would have a definite impact on our city as it relates to JWA:


1. Congressman Stephen Lynch (MA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus introduced H.R. 976, the Air Traffic Noise and Pollution Expert Consensus Act. “There is a clear demand from out constituents that we look into the impacts of flight paths across the country,” said Lunch. “It is imperative that we understand and remedy any health effects caused by aircraft flying over residential areas, and the burden is on the FAA to produce this information.” Under this bill, the National Academies would be required to convene a committee of health and environmental science experts within 30 days. The committee would examine the health impacts of air traffic noise and pollution and issue the Expert Consensus Report with the findings. The finished report would be submitted to the FAA, Secretary of l Health and Human Services, the EPA, relevant Congressional Committees, and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.


2. This past January, Mayor Dixon was in for a number of reasons, one being to meet with our newly elected member of the US House Representative, Harley Rouda. The topics of harbor dredging and John Wayne Airport were high on Mayor Dixon’s list for discussion. In response to numerous communities similar to Newport Beach that have complained to Congress about the impacts of airport noise (NextGen), Congress included several provisions addressing noise in the recent FAA Re-authorization Act of 2018. One are in particular required the General Accountability Office to conduct a study evaluating the potential phase out of Stage 3 aircraft. Mayor Dixon spoke to Rep. Rouda about supporting incentives that would incentivize airlines to do this phasing out and replacing them with cleaner, quieter aircraft. She also asked Rouda to be aggressive about applying for an FAA grant that will be given to six airports to carry out pilot environmental mitigation programs that would “measurable reduce or mitigate aviation impacts on noise, air quality, or water quality at the airport or within 5 miles of the airport.” We would very much like to see Newport selected as a grant recipient for these studies.

3. Just today Mayor Dixon, myself, Councilman Muldoon and our City Manager, Grace Leung, met with Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. Our message was the same as the meeting we had last month with Supervisors us in our quest to get planes to fly higher, quieter and with less pollutants, and leave the footprint for general aviation at JWA the same as it is now.


We will continue to drive this message home with each of the five (5) supervisors over the next several months.


Mark your calendar for a couple of airport-related events being held in our city:

Aviation Committee Meeting (chaired by yours truly)

Monday, March 4th, 4:00 p.m.
Community Room at City Hall


Town Hall Meeting with Supervisor Michelle Steel RE: John Wayne Airport

Saturday, April 6th, 10:00 a.m.
Community Room at City Hall



Flood Zone Map Update


For those of you anxiously awaiting the release of the revised FEMA Flood Zone Maps, the City is expecting the release of the maps on March 21, 2019 and has therefore be hosting a community meeting regarding the revised Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), which affects flood insurance requirements. The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) updated the FIRM for the City of Newport Beach as well as other Orange County cities. As a result, some properties in the City are now designated to be in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA). Properties located in SFHA may be required to carry flood insurance by the properties mortgage lender. Other properties are no longer in the SFHA.


Representatives from FEMA will be attending the meeting to discuss flood insurance
requirements. Property owners and other parties interested in public information relating to the flood mapping, its impact on development, and flood insurance requirements are encouraged to attend.


DATE: Thursday, March 14, 2019
TIME: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Marina Park Community & Sailing Center

1600 W. Balboa Blvd. (on the Balboa Peninsula), Community Center
Event Room - 2nd Floor
Newport Beach, CA 92663


As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, issues,
or even positive feedback. It is a pleasure for me to work for you, and represent your
interests in the operation of our city.


Jeff Herdman
Newport Beach City Council


And just in case you didn’t know, or were wondering...........




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