Newport Crossings project — as of January 2019
Public comment window on Draft EIR closes; PB&R to review park February 5; final Planning Commission action expected on February 21
Project Overview: This is a modestly revised return appearance of the Residences at Newport Place proposal (rejected by both the Planning Commission and City Council in 2016) for high density, high rise residential redevelopment of the now shuttered shopping center that was formerly home to “Arnie’s Deli” and “Il Barone” restaurant — a pentagon of land along the MacArthur corridor in the Airport Area, bounded by Dove, Scott, Corinthian and Martingale Ways (and an abutting office parking lot). In this reincarnation of the rejected plan, 350 apartments are planned, down from the earlier proposal for 384. For further details of the new proposal, see the City’s web page devoted to the project.
Why We’re Watching: The return of a previously rejected proposal is always of concern. SPON continues to feel that although the City’s 2006 General Plan allowed for adding housing to the Airport Area, the plan for actually doing that, and its consequences (both for the city in general and on the potential future Airport Area residents and existing office park uses in particular), have never been adequately thought out. The already-approved and under construction Uptown Newport project seems ominously like what many see as the undesirable development constructed along the Jamboree corridor in nearly Irvine. Before additional projects are approved in Newport Beach’s portion of the Airport Area, SPON believes that either the General Plan needs to be updated or a more comprehensive specific area plan for the area developed.
February 5, 2019: The City’s Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission is expected to review the public park dedication portion of the plan.
February 21, 2019: The Planning Commission is expected to take final action on the application.
January 14, 2019: This was the deadline to submit comments on the draft EIR.
December 6, 2018: The Planning Commission held a 4:00 pm Study Session to review the project.
November 30, 2018: The draft EIR was released for public review with comments due by January 14, 2019.
November 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm: Was the deadline to submit written comments to be considered in the “scoping” of the EIR. See Notice of Preparation for submission details.
November 16, 2017: Per the Notice of Preparation, a “Scoping Meeting” was held in the Evelyn Hart Event Center at the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar. Staff and consultants described the project and invited comments on issues that need to be addressed in the EIR.
November 1, 2017: The City announced the posting of a “Notice of Preparation” for an Environmental Impact Report to be prepared prior to any City approvals (this is an improvement over the previous proposal, whose approval was considered with only a lesser “Mitigated Negative Declaration“). Comments on issues that need to be addressed in the EIR are due by November 30, and can also be offered orally at a public Scoping Meeting to be held on November 16.
May 31, 2017: Application for project filed with City.
- Daily Pilot (Nov. 17, 2017): Airport-area midrise proposes 350 apartments plus retail, dining and …
- Full Notice of Preparation for the Environmental Impact Report
- City web folder for additional project-related environmental documents (none yet)
- City webpage for project
- City “case log” tracking actions on application