Harbor Pointe Senior Living . . . as of June 2019
Council to consider authorizing $75 million bond to be issued by developer
Project Overview: This is a proposal to build a 4-story, 121-bed convalescent and congregate care facility at the current site of the Kitayama Restaurant on South Bristol.
Why We Were Watching: Under the city’s General Plan, a project of this sort is not allowed at the requested location, and hence its approval requires a General Plan amendment. Such changes to the voter-approved land use designations are always of concern, and in this case neighbors have expressed worries about the building’s compatibility with neighboring residential uses.
June 11, 2019 @7:00 p.m.: According to a recently-posted notice, the City Council will be consider backing the developers’ request to issue a $75 million bond through the California Statewide Communities Development Authority. Interestingly, in the notice the development is referred to as “a 99-unit senior living multifamily rental housing project” and promising that “If the Bonds are issued, by law, at least 20 percent of the rental units in the Project are required to be available for occupancy by very low-income tenants at affordable rents,” even though during the previous hearings, the public was told that as “congregate care” the units weren’t considered dwellings and, therefore, didn’t count toward the Greenlight limit for the statistical area, beyond which voter approval would be required.
February 12, 2019: With Council member Duffield absent, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the application.
January 17, 2019: The County’s Airport Land Use Commission reviewed the City’s request for a general plan amendment as Item 1 on their agenda. They unanimously found the amendment consistent with the County’s Airport Environs Land Use Plan. If they had not, the City Council could have overriden their determination, but it would have taken a super-majority vote.
December 6, 2018: Planning Commission conducted a hearing on the project and at its conclusion recommended the City Council certify the EIR and approve the project (which will require them to approve changes to the General Plan and zoning).
September 13, 2018: A special Planning Commission meeting included the promised “study session” on the Harbor Pointe Senior Living proposal. Many local residents appeared, most objecting to the project in their neighborhood.
September 6, 2018: The Planning Commission was scheduled to review the updated project at a study session, but on August 30 it was announced the meeting on that date had been cancelled and will likely be held, instead, as a special meeting on September 13.
August 10, 2018: Environmental Impact Report, posted for a 50-day public review. To receive a written response from the City, comments on the EIR must be received by the close of business on September 28.
July 19, 2018: In his oral report to the Planning Commission, the Community Development Director indicated a study session on this project would be heard by them at their August 9 meeting. However, we understand that has been postponed to early September.
January 23, 2018: As Item 4 on its consent calendar, the City Council approved an amendment to the EIR contract.
December 12, 2017: A Cumulative Projects List of this date says the project is “being revisited and redesigned by applicant/developer” and that EIR preparation was “on hold as of June 8, 2017.”
October 13, 2017: The case log indicates revised project plans were submitted on this date.
February 23, 2017: Prior to release of the EIR, the Planning Commission heard about and discussed the proposal, without action, as Item 4 on its agenda. The “study session” was well attended by Bayview and Santa Ana Heights neighbors, most quite critical of the project as currently proposed. See the City video.
August 15, 2016: A scoping meeting for the project’s Environmental Impact Report was held, with comments due by August 22. Preparation of the EIR presumably started soon after.
- Newport Beach Independent (February 15, 2019): Council Approves Zoning Changes for Harbor Pointe Senior Facility
- Daily Pilot (February 13, 2019): Proposed Newport senior care home gets needed rezoning
- Daily Pilot (February 10, 2019): Newport council to take up zoning change for proposed senior living home
- Newport Beach Independent (January 25, 2019): Airport Commission Criticizes, But Approves Senior Facility
- Daily Pilot (December 7, 2018): Newport Planning Commission OKs senior home over neighbors’ objections
- Daily Pilot (September 14, 2018): Plan for Newport senior-living home faces strong opposition from neighbors
- Newport Beach Independent (March 3, 2017): Senior Living Project Proposed for Bayview Community
- Daily Pilot (August 13, 2016): 128-unit senior-living facility could replace restaurant near Upper Newport Bay