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Monday, March 26, 2012

Newport Beach Fire Department Fire Map Public Meeting

When: Newport Beach Fire Department officials will hold a public outreach meeting for Corona del Mar residents from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Where: OASIS Senior Center. The OASIS Senior Center is located at Fifth and Marguerite avenues.
Who: Newport Beach Fire Chief Scott Poster invites all Corona del Mar residents to an important meeting at which time he and Fire Marshal Ron Gamble will review the city’s most recent proposed modifications to the CAL FIRE Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone Maps,” according to an email blast from the Corona del Mar Residents Association. “While homes closest to Buck Gully and Morning Canyon are specifically impacted, all residents of Corona del Mar should be aware of the proposed regulations and their impact to our community.”
What: The original fire maps included most of Newport Coast as well as homes along Buck Gully and Morning Canyon and stretches from Orchid down to Crystal Cove. About 5,000 homes would have been affected, with new construction requiring stricter regulation, disclose requirements in real estate transactions and vegetation modification.
In January, the City Council delayed voting on an ordinance to accept those maps because they thought more public outreach and clarification was needed.
Fire officials returned to the council earlier this month with revised maps that removed most of Corona del Mar;
The city’s new fire chief, Scott Poster, based the changes on feedback from the March 9 meeting as well as aerial reconnaissance and wind measurements and patterns in the area.
Why: Learn how this new proposal impacts your current home structures and landscaping, as well as requirements for future remodels or construction,” the email said.
Residents who want to attend the meeting should R.S.V.P. by emailing, along with any specific questions they want to address.

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