Vivante Senior Housing

Vivante Senior Housing Project  . . .  as of September 2019
City Council approves project on September 10

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.


The City Council has approved construction. No further public hearings are expected at this time.

Recent Events

September 10, 2019:  The City Council approved the ordinances introduced on August 13. They change the zoning (the “Planned Community text”) as necessary for the project to proceed and approve a development agreement protecting the developer’s rights.

August 13, 2019:  The City Council unanimously approved resolutions and introduced ordinances that will allow the project to proceed (see agenda Item 16).

July 18, 2019:  At their 4:00 p.m. meeting, the County’s Airport Land Use Commission found the project to be consistent with airport planning regulations, the main concern being interaction with the nearby Newport Beach Police Department Heliport (see agenda). Then at 6:30 p.m., the Newport Beach Planning Commission considered the project and recommended the City Council approve it (see agenda Item 3).

July 8, 2019:  The City posted for public review an Addendum to the Museum House EIR.  There does not appear to have been any public announcement it was doing so.

June 20, 2019: A Planning Commission 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.

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