Project Update – July 2016: Back to the Drawing Board
City Council unanimously rejects developer’s appeal to overturn Planning Commission decision at Council’s July 26, 2016 meeting. (Video here . . . Staff Report here)
Project Overview: The originally proposed project was composed of 384 residential units and 5,677 square feet of retail space, replacing an existing small shopping center. View the project proposal here (large file; takes a minute to load).
Why We’re Watching: Among other things, the proposal includes a request for “adjustments to development standards pertaining to building height”. In other words, the developers are seeking an exception to the current building height (an example of SPOT ZONING). The developers are also seeking a WAIVER of a General Plan Policy that requires them to dedicate a minimum of ½ acre for a neighborhood park. Apparently, they don’t have room for a park (again . . . another example of SPOT ZONING). Read the Planning Commission Staff Report for yourself.
March 2016: The Residences at Newport Place, an Airport Area proposed project, went before the Planning Commission for an initial review on March 3, 2016. Subsequent meetings scheduled for May were temporarily tabled as a result of concerns from both the public and the Planning Commission.
June 2016: The applicant requested a continuance and the project finally came back to the Planning Commission for review at their June 9 meeting. SPON submitted comments to the Planning Commission on three separate occasions before the project came back to Planning Commission on June 9 (see Helpful Links below). The Commission was further concerned about a lack of responsiveness to the comments received in March. In a 4-1 vote they denied the developer’s request to continue the hearings and rejected the project.
July 2016: The developer appealed the decision to City Council and the appeal hearing was set for the Council’s July 26, 2016, meeting (Public Notice). The City Council unanimously rejected the appeal, forcing the developer to start over with a completely new application if they wish to continue.
Next Step: Let’s keep the standing-room-only momentum going! City meetings are great opportunities for residents to come together in a show of solidarity and for getting their comments included in the public record.
- Planning Commission Meeting Videos
- Daily Pilot Article July 27, 2016
- Daily Pilot Article June 10, 2016
- Planning Commission Meeting Video – June 9
- Daily Pilot Article May 3, 2016
- SPON Comments to Planning Commission
- The Residences at Newport Place Project (Staff Report-March 3, 2016)
- View the project proposal here (large file; takes a minute to load)