Here are a few of the issues the commission decided Thursday:
The commission unanimously approved 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
to expand by 1,550 square feet to enclose a 780-square-foot patio for
a new interactive museum area.
Museum officials 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
WHAT IT MEANS
The issue now goes to the City Council for approval.
If all the expansion is approved, it will result in total museum
area -- including display area and offices -- of about 9,871 square
YACHT CLUB PARKING
The commission put off for two weeks a decision on allowing the
increase of on-site parking from 122 to 129 spaces at the Bahia
Corinthian Yacht Club and of allowing the club to keep 100 boats in
the outdoor dry boat storage area.
The club's application is related to its operation. Its site plan
and on-site parking provisions have deviated significantly from its
operations in the early 1970s; the required number of parking spaces
is 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 1969.
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.
The commission continued the issue until its next meeting because
planning staff members didn't get new information from the club about
its securing off-site parking until right before the public hearing.
WHAT IT MEANS
The commission will revisit this issue in two weeks.