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Newport Beach

Volume 6, Issue 8  |  January 26, 2021


State housing requirements facing city will be discussed at upcoming Zoom presentation

The City of Newport Beach is required by the State of California to rezone property in the coming decade to account for 4,834 new housing units. Of these, 49 percent will be required to be affordable to low and moderate income residents.

Where will they go? Whose neighborhood will be impacted?

Speak Up Newport, a non-partisan citywide residents group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community, is inviting the public to their Wednesday, Jan. 13 Zoom discussion on the subject. They’ll feature the city’s Housing Element Update Committee (HEUC) Chair, Larry Tucker, and the city’s Community Development Director, Seimone Jurjis, to explain how they’re tackling the issue.

State Housing Tucker State housing Jurjis

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Photo of Larry Tucker by Jill Tucker

Photo of Seimone Jurjis courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

(L-R) Featured speakers Larry Tucker and Seimone Jurjis

For the past year the HEUC has been meeting to determine how to meet this state mandate. The committee has been focusing on the airport area, Newport Center, West Newport Mesa and other selected locations to determine where suitable sites would potentially be to place these mandated units.

Once sites are determined by the committee, public input will then be sought to determine if they are acceptable to the community. 

Several community forums have been hosted by the city to educate the public on the requirements and process. 

Tucker, an attorney, developer and investor by trade, has been involved in the city for the past decade-plus as a member of the Finance Committee, the Planning Commission and the City Hall Design Committee, in addition to HEUC. 

Jurjis has been employed as the Community Development Director since August 2017, having previously served as the city’s Chief Building Official.

The Speak Up Newport Program will take place from 4-5 p.m. Attendees are invited to participate free by logging in to www.speakupnewport.com/new-housing-units.

The public is also encouraged to submit questions for the panelists prior to the event at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speak Up Newport presents monthly programs on various subjects, with the Mayor’s Dinner as their annual featured event.

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