In view of the recent press coverage on the Newport Beach Planning Commission's first public hearing on the Cannery Village/McFadden Specific Area Plan, which took place Feb. 6, I feel it incumbent upon me to comment.
I will not speak to the merits of the proposal, as it is still pending before the commission. The proposal before us is not a proposal to erect a "shopping center," or any other building, for that matter. It is simply a plan for future development presented to us by the city's staff of professional planners after 18 months of citizen input and review. It is designed to give guidelines to individual property owners on how to develop or redevelop their property while, at the same time, permit orderly future planning in two of the older parts of the city.