Vivante Senior Housing Project . . . as of June 2019
Planning Commission hearing possible July 18
Project Overview: This is a proposal to build a 153-bed, 6-story senior assisted living and memory care facility on the Orange County Museum of Art property in Newport Center (Fashion Island), which was the location of the now-abandoned Museum House condo tower proposal.
Why We Were Watching: SPON originally understood this project could be built entirely within the existing institutional land use designations and zoning. The City’s description now suggests approval will require both a General Plan amendment and zoning changes. Such changes to the voter-approved land use designations are always of concern. This request is particularly strange because the similar-sounding Harbor Pointe Senior Living project was said to require a change to a “Private Institutions” land use designation, which is the designation the OCMA property already has.
July 18, 2019: The tentative agenda distributed by the Planning Division on July 20 indicates the Planning Commission may hold its hearing on this matter on July 18.
June 20, 2019: The Planning Commission’s tentative agenda showed a hearing regarding Vivante, at which the Commission was expected to make a recommendation to the City Council, set for this date. However, it did not appear on the final agenda.
April 18, 2019: The Planning Commission held a special 5:30 p.m. study session to review the proposal.
August 8, 2018: Proponents submit application (PA2018-185) to City.
- Daily Pilot (April 19, 2019): Newport planners hear pitches for senior living and condo projects