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Planning Commission - October 8, 2015 <br /> Item No. 6f: Additional Materials Received <br /> Newport Center Villas Study Session (PA2014-213) <br /> Hermosa Beach Officef By Michelle Black <br /> Phone: (310) 798-2400 Email Address: <br /> Fax: (310) 798-2402 Chatten-Brown & Carstens LLP mnb@cbcearthlaw.com <br /> San Diego Office 2200 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 318 <br /> Phone: (858) 999-0070 Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Direct Phone: <br /> Phone: (619) 940-4522 www.cbcearthlaw.com 310-798-2400 Ext. 5 <br /> October 6, 2015 <br /> Via Email mnova(d)newportbeachca.Qov <br /> Planning Commission <br /> City of Newport Beach <br /> Makana Nova, AICP, Associate Planner <br /> Community Development Department <br /> Planning Division <br /> City of Newport Beach <br /> 100 Civic Center Drive <br /> Newport Beach, CA 92660 <br /> Re: Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Newport Center Villas Residential <br /> Project; (PA2014-213); General Plan Amendment No. GP2014-003; <br /> Zoning Code Amendment No. CA2014-008; Planned Community <br /> Development Plan No. PC2014-004; Site Development Review No. <br /> SD2014-006; Tract Map No. NT2015-003 <br /> Dear Ms. Nova and Honorable Members of the Planning Commission: <br /> These comments are submitted on behalf of Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) <br /> regarding the Newport Center Villas Residential Project ("Project"). Founded in 1974, <br /> SPON is a non-profit public education organization dedicated to protecting and <br /> preserving the residential and environmental qualities of Newport Beach. The Project <br /> would construct 49 condominiums in a single seven-story building with three levels of <br /> subterranean parking on 1.26 acres located at the southwest comer of Newport Center <br /> Drive and Anacapa Drive. As proposed, the Project would conflict with the General <br /> Plan's designation of Regional Commercial Office, the Zoning Code district designation <br /> of Office Regional Commercial, the requirement that a Planned Community <br /> Development Plan cover 10 acres, and the existing height limit for the site. <br /> Consequently, the Project cannot be built unless the City grants amendments to both the <br /> General Plan and Zoning Code as well as a waiver of the Planned Community <br /> Development Plan requirements. <br /> Despite these conflicts with the City's governing planning documents and code, <br /> the mitigated negative declaration (MND) prepared for the purpose of complying with the <br /> California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) inexplicably finds that the Project will not <br />