ON THE AGENDA
Here are a few of the issues the commission will consider tonight.
The commission will consider a change to the general plan to
increase the square footage permitted at the Newport Sports Museum,
which is at 100 Newport Center Drive.
Museum officials want approval to expand by 1,550 square feet to
enclose a 780-square-foot patio for a new interactive museum area.
They also are seeking retroactive approval for an already-built,
770-square-foot, second-floor addition constructed without proper
approvals and permits. Finally, they are looking to expand into 3,500
square feet of space currently occupied by another tenant.
If all the expansion is approved, it will result in total museum
area -- including display area and offices -- of about 9,871 square
feet. The City Council would also have to approve the general plan
WHAT TO EXPECT
Planning staff members are recommending approval.
YACHT CLUB PARKING
The commission will consider allowing the increase of on-site
parking from 122 to 129 spaces at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club and
the maintenance of 100 boats in the outdoor dry boat storage area.
The application is related to the operation of the club, whose site
plan and on-site parking provisions have significantly deviated from
operations in the early 1970s.
The required number of parking spaces was not being provided, a
control gate at the main entry to the parking lot had been installed
without approval, and the dry boat storage area within the property
was about twice the size authorized by a permit for the yacht club in
Also, since that time, the club has opened to the public,
increasing its use and resulting in increased parking demand that
can't be accommodated on-site.
On Jan. 7, yacht club officials filed an application to legalize
the changes to the site plan, to reduce the on-site parking spaces
from 122 to 95 spaces and to maintain dry storage boat capacity up to
200. The club didn't accompany its application with a professional
parking study or a parking management plan, as suggested by planning
After receiving public comments at the June 17 meeting, the
commission continued this issue, as requested by the club, to enable
it to conduct a parking study/management plan. The club has now
submitted a revised site plan and a parking management plan.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Planning staff members recommend approval of the request, as long
as the revised site plan and the parking management plan are put into
place. They also recommended some extra conditions on the club's
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