This is a summary of projects and issues that SPON has watched, and continues to watch, but which currently appear to be in either a “resolved” or inactive state.
See the current Watch List for the more active listings.
Newport Beach Local Coastal Program Implementation Plan (updated December 7, 2016)
Approved by Coastal Commission — City issuing permits starting January 30, 2017
Certification of this last piece of the City’s Local Coastal Program gives the City the authority to decide if development projects in the Coastal Zone comply with the statewide Coastal Act, or not, and hence, as of January 30, 2017, to issue many permits previously requiring approval by the Coastal Commission. At its September 8, 2016, meeting here in Newport Beach, the 12 member California Coastal Commission approved a 500+ page set of guidelines worked out between City and Coastal Commission staff. On November 22, 2016, the City Council adopted the ordinance adding that compromise plan to the City’s Municipal Code. The Coastal Commission accepted the City’s approval at its December 7th meeting in Ventura … more here.
150 Newport Center (updated September 27, 2016)
(Fashion Island car wash replacement Project)
Application withdrawn – back to the drawing board!
The 150 Newport Center Planned Community Development Plan (PCDP) proposal was a plan for a multi-story condo project, with at least 45 units, replacing the one-story Fashion Island Beacon Bay Car Wash. The Planning Commission held a three-part hearing on July 21, August 18 and September 1 resulting in a recommendation of denial. Proponents withdrew their application moments before the City Council was scheduled to consider the Commission’s recommendation . . . more here.
The Residences at Newport Place (Airport Area) (updated July 26, 2016)
Project denied. Applicant sent back to drawing board.
The Residences at Newport Place is a proposal to replace a small shopping center, off MacArthur near the airport and home to Arnie’s Deli, Il Barone and others, with 384 residential units. SPON submitted comments to the Planning Commission on three separate occasions before their June 9 meeting. At that meeting, the Planning Commission denied the proposal by a 4-1 vote. That decision has now been appealed to the City Council. . . . more here.
Water Supply for Newport Banning Ranch Development (Updated August 2015)
The Newport Banning Ranch project’s application was recently certified, raising questions about omissions in the application, some of which directly affect water supply . . . Where is the water coming from? Read more . . .
Petition to Halt Habitat Destruction at Banning Ranch (Updated August 2015): The California Coastal Commission Enforcement Staff has cited the owners of Banning Ranch—Newport Banning Ranch LLC and West Newport Oil Company, the oil field operator—with two major violations of the Coastal Act. The violations are unpermitted habitat destruction and unpermitted oil field operations. The Banning Ranch Conservancy has initiated a petition asking the California Coastal Commission to permanently halt this habitat destruction and to ensure permanent restoration Read more . . .
Back Bay Landing & Balboa Marina Projects (Updated August 2015): A mixed-use waterfront development project on seven acres at 300 East Coast Highway (PCH and Bayside Dr.) which changes the current parking lot and recreational vehicle storage area to more than 82,742 square feet of office, restaurant and dry-stack boat storage, plus additional residential, parking and view tower structures. And just one block away, Balboa Marina is slated for a major development project of over 19,000 square feet. With higher density plans for Mariner’s Mile, traffic grid-lock is still in our future, despite the overwhelmingly opposition and defeat of Ballot Measure Y. Read more . . .
Affordable Housing in Newport Beach (June 2015)
The Newport Beach Housing Element is a state-mandated element of the City’s General Plan. The Housing Element evaluates the City’s population, income and housing data and sets forth goals, policies and actions to facilitate future development and preservation of housing for all economic segments within the community. Read more . . .
Sale of St. James the Great Episcopal Church to Legacy Partners Residential (June 2015)
St. James the Great Episcopal Church in Lido Village has been purchased and developers plan to build 22 high-end townhomes in place of the popular house of worship. Read more . . .
General Plan Projects Update (5/23/2015): Mission Accomplished! The Planning Commission continued Agenda Item #5. . . Read more . . .
General Plan Projects Update (5/2015): The May 21 Planning Commission will review a staff report/recommendation to correct a General Plan Land Use “error” which will add 300,000 square feet of hotel entitlement space to Newport Coast. Read more . . .
Poseidon Desalination Project (4/2014): Environmentally conscious water solutions make our community sustainable. On May 14 for the Orange County Water District will conduct a meeting on the Poseidon Desalination Plant. Read more . . .
General Plan Projects Update (2/2015): During the City Council Annual Planning Session on January 31, an overview of on-the-books and new projects was presented. It seems that the projects outlined in Measure Y were just the tip of the iceberg and the City continues to persist in “piecemeal” planning. Read more . . .
Corona del Mar High School Stadium Project (2/2015): The Newport Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has funding for $7.4 million of capital improvements earmarked for an artificial [turf ???] field at the current football/track location, new track surface and increased seating for the current 600 to 1,000 total seating capacity. Private funding (estimated at an additional $6.7 million) would cover additional field lighting, 375 additional seats, a public address system, snack bar, restrooms, press box with elevator and possibly a team room. Read more . . .
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