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RESOLUTION NO. HO 2011- 002 <br />A RESOLUTION OF A HEARING OFFICER OF THE CITY <br />OF NEWPORT BEACH APPROVING THE ABATEMENT <br />EXTENSION PERIOD FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT <br />313 EAST BALBOA BOULEVARD (PA 2010 -188) <br />WHEREAS, Chapter 20.38.100 of the Newport Beach Municipal Code (NBMC) <br />requires nonconforming nonresidential uses in residential zoning districts to be abated <br />and terminated upon the expiration of time periods identified by the NBMC. Following <br />the issuance of an Abatement Order, Chapter 20.38. 100 provides that a property owner <br />may request an extension of the abatement period in order to amortize a property <br />owner's investment in the property and avoid an unconstitutional taking of property; and <br />WHEREAS, an application was filed on behalf of Lucinda Boswell, the property <br />owner, with respect to property located at 313 East Balboa Boulevard, and legally <br />described as Lot 12, Block 2, Newport Bay Tract, requesting an extension of the <br />abatement period specified by the NBMC Section 20.38.100, (Abatement Periods). If <br />granted, the extension will allow the property owner to enter into new leases for the <br />nonresidential use of the commercial space for ten years (November 30, 2021), and will <br />not affect the ability to renew, extend or enter into new leases for the residential units. <br />The property is located in the R -2 Zoning. District (Two -Unit Residential), where such <br />nonresidential uses are not permitted; and <br />WHEREAS, a public hearing was held on November 30, 2011, in the City Hall <br />Council Chambers, 3300 Newport Boulevard, Newport Beach, California. A notice of time, <br />place and purpose of the meeting was given in accordance with the NBMC and other <br />applicable laws. Evidence, both written and oral, was presented and considered at this <br />meeting; and <br />WHEREAS, the hearing was presided over by Hon. John C. Woolley, retired <br />Judge (California Superior Court, Orange County), Hearing Officer for the City of <br />Newport Beach; and <br />WHEREAS, the findings and considerations of Section 20.38.100 of the NBMC <br />and facts in support of the findings and considerations are as follows: <br />1. The length of the abatement period is not appropriate considering the <br />owner's investment in the use; <br />Facts in Support of Finding: The one year abatement period specified by the Municipal <br />Code is not of sufficient duration to amortize the property owner's investment of the <br />physical improvements performed over the last several years. An extension of the <br />abatement period to ten years is necessary to avoid economic hardship that will result if <br />the owner is required to abate the use and terminate the residential leases prior to <br />expiration to accommodate renovation of the building. <br />