Ford Road Residential Project . . . as of April, 2019
Planning Commission study session held April 18; application in limbo
Project Overview: This is a proposal to build a 3-story, 21-unit residential condo or apartment complex on a currently vacant lot owned by AT&T at the corner of MacArthur and Bonita Canyon Road, adjacent to the Bonita Canyon Sports Park.
Why We Were Watching: The property is designated for “Public Facilities,” not residential. As a result, the project will require approval of a General Plan amendment and zoning changes, which is always worrisome. Many neighbors in the Port Streets have expressed concerns about intensifying use of this already highly-used area, and would prefer to see the property be made part of the park.
The project requires approvals by the Planning Commission and City Council. Hearing dates have not yet been set. A Planning Commission recommendation to the Council was expected in late May or early June, but as a result of an unfavorable reception at the April 18, 2019, study session, the applicant may be reconsidering their proposal.
May 6, 2019: Public comments were due on the environmental document, called a Mitigated Negative Declaration. The City is not legally required to prepare written responses, but staff said they would.
April 18, 2019: The Planning Commission held a special 5:30 p.m. study session to review the proposal.
October 30, 2017: Proponents submit application (PA2017-228) to City.
- Daily Pilot (April 19, 2019): Newport planners hear pitches for senior living and condo projects