City of Newport Beach

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The City of Newport Beach was granted sovereign tidelands and submerged lands in trust in 1919. This grant and its amendments were repealed in 1978 and a new grant was enacted granting the City all of the sovereign tide and submerged lands located within the City's 1919 city limits. The grant was for the establishment, improvement and conduct of a harbor and for the promotion and accommodation of commerce and navigation, for public bathing beaches, public marinas, public aquatic playgrounds, and similar recreational facilities open to the general public and for the promotion and accommodation of these uses, for the preservation, maintenance, and enhancement of the land in its natural state and the reestablishment of the natural state of the lands so they may serve as ecological units for scientific study, as open space, and as environments which provide food and habitat for birds and marine life and which favorably affect the scenery and climate of the area.

  • Staff Reports
    Item
    Description
    04/04/1941 (page 247 of minutes)
    03/05/1981 (25) Development of oil and gas resources on tide and submerged lands
    04/29/1981 (17) Development of oil and gas resources on tide and submerged lands granted in trust
    05/28/1981 (27) Summary of proposed compliance with Statutes of 1978, Chapter 74 (Beacon Bay) by the City
    01/27/1983 (35) Development of oil and gas resources on tide and submerged lands granted in trust - Item pulled from agenda
    11/09/1993 (27) Review of proposed leases involving granted filled tide and submerged lands
    04/06/1994 (49) Review of City of Newport Beach proposed leases involving granted filled tide and submerged lands in Beacon Bay, Orange County - Item pulled from agenda
    05/26/1994 (42) Review of proposed leases involving granted filled tide and submerged lands - Beacon Bay
    08/21/1996 (77) Consider approval of proposed lease pursuant to Chapter 728, Statutes of 1994 (Balboa Bay Club property)
    12/03/1999 (23) Compliance with Chapter 74, Statutes of 1978, section 2.5(B) as added by Chapter 317, Statutes of 1997, section 3
    12/16/2002 (52) Consider authorization to expend specified Kapiloff Land Bank Fund receipts for granted lands program
    02/17/2005 (29) Review of proposed common area lease involving legislatively-granted filled tide and submerged lands located in Beacon Bay
    10/16/2008 (19) Dredging lease
    09/01/2011 (73) Consider a compromise title settlement and land exchange agreement regarding certain lands in the vicinity of Lower Newport Bay
    03/29/2012 (77) Review of proposed Beacon Bay lease involving legislatively granted filled tide and submerged lands located in Beacon Bay
    10/19/2012 (69) Amendment of dredging lease
    06/21/2013 (88) Consider approval of the establishment of a Newport Harbor Capital Fund to fund Newport Harbor capital improvements and maintenance activities within the Newport Harbor
    06/21/2013 (90) Consider approval of an amended lease for the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Harbor located within legislatively-granted sovereign land in the City of Newport Beach - Item pulled from agenda
    07/12/2013 (01) Consider approval of the proposed resolution of the city council pursuant to Public Resources Code Sections 7060 and 7061, to enter into and operating agreement for the management of oil, gas and other hydrocarbons
    09/20/2013 (115) Consider approval of proposed lease pursuant to Chapter 728, Statutes of 1994 (Balboa Bay Club property)
    12/02/2013 (116) Consideration of proposed expenditures of $3,061,000 of tideland funds for capital improvement projects
    02/21/2014 (63) Consider approving a loan of $6,132,900 from the general fund to the Newport Harbor Capital Fund for the development of the marina portion of Marina Park
    04/23/2014 (78) Review the proposed expenditure of tidelands funds, in an amount not to exceed $6,132,900, for capital improvement projects located within legislatively-granted sovereign land
    08/19/2015 (73) Consider a boundary line agreement involving real property in and adjacent to Newport Bay at 2808 Lafayette Avenue, City of Newport Beach
    12/06/2016 (63) Consider approval of a record of survey depicting the location of a portion of the legislative trust grant to the City of Newport Beach within the Semeniuk Slough portion of the former channel of the Santa Ana River
  • Granting Statutes
    Statute
    Digest / Bill Information
    Chapter 494, Statutes of 1919 An act granting certain tidelands and submerged lands of the State of California to the city of Newport Beach, upon certain trusts and conditions. - REPEALED by Chapter 74
    Chapter 495, Statutes of 1919 An act granting to the city of Newport Beach, a municipal corporation, the right and authority to construct and maintain sewer, water, gas, and other conduits upon public lands.
    Chapter 121, Statutes of 1925 An act providing for the leasing of tide and submerged lands of the State of California filled in through dredging operations. - REPEALED by Chapter 609 (1943)
    Chapter 70, Statutes of 1927 An act granting certain tidelands and submerged lands of the State of California to the city of Newport Beach upon certain trusts and conditions. - REPEALED by Chapter 74
    Chapter 142, Statutes of 1929 An act to establish the line of ordinary high tide in certain parts of Newport bay in Orange county, California, in conformity with and to confirm certain decrees of the superior court of the State of California, in and for the county of Orange, establishing said line of ordinary high tide, and to confirm the grants of tidelands heretofore made to the city of Newport Beach. - REPEALED by Chapter 74
    Chapter 574, Statutes of 1929 An act relating to the granting of franchises upon, and leases of, certain tidelands heretofore granted to the city of Newport Beach by the State of California. - REPEALED by Chapter 74
    Chapter 813, Statutes of 1929 An act granting certain tidelands, submerged lands and filled lands of the State of California, to the city of Newport Beach, upon certain trusts and conditions. - REPEALED by Chapter 74
    Chapter 200, Statutes of 1931 An act to establish the line of ordinary high tide in certain parts of Newport bay in Orange county, California, in conformity with certain decrees of the superior court of the State of California, in and for the county of Orange, establishing said line of ordinary high tide. - REPEALED by Chapter 74
    Chapter 448, Statutes of 1935 An act authorizing suit against the State of California to quiet title against it to certain real property in the city of Newport Beach, California.
    Chapter 1096, Statutes of 1953 An act declaring certain lands in the City of Newport Beach, County of Orange, free from the public trust for navigation and fisheries and declaring same to be free from certain trusts, uses and conditions.
    Chapter 74, Statutes of 1978 An act relating to tide and submerged lands in the City of Newport Beach, and in this connection repealing Chapter 494 of the Statutes of 1919, Chapter 70 of the Statutes of 1927, Chapter 142 of the Statutes of 1929, Chapter 574 of the Statutes of 1929, Chapter 813 of the Statutes of 1929, and Chapter 200 of the Statutes of 1931.
    Chapter 715, Statutes of 1984 An act relating to tide and submerged lands granted in trust to the County of Orange and to the City of Newport Beach.
    Chapter 728, Statutes of 1994 An act to amend Section 6 of, and to add Section 4.5 to, Chapter 74 of the Statutes of 1978, relating to tide and submerged lands in the City of Newport Beach.
    Chapter 317, Statutes of 1997 An act to amend Sections 1 and 2 of Chapter 74 of, and to add Section 2.5 to, the Statutes of 1978, relating to tide and submerged lands in the City of Newport Beach.
    Chapter 745, Statutes of 2001

    An act to amend … Section 1 of Chapter 74 of the Statutes of 1978 …

    Chapter 361, Statutes of 2004 An act to amend Section 2 of Chapter 317 of the Statutes of 1997, to add Sections 4.5 and 5.5 to Chapter 74 of the Statutes of 1978, and to add Sections 2 and 3 to Chapter 526 of the Statutes of 1919, relating to public trust lands. [
    Chapter 286, Statutes of 2012 An act to add Section 5.6 to Chapter 74 of the Statutes of 1978, relating to resources.
  • Title Settlements / Boundary Agreements
    AD 113 Transfer of municipal property to City of Newport Beach Tidelands Trust
    AD 408  
    AD 596 Compromise title settlement and land exchange agreement regarding certain lands in the vicinity of Lower Newport Bay and City of Newport Beach, California
    AD 651  

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