NEWPORT BEACH — Entire stretches of bayfront may soon have condos instead of businesses. But that sweeping change to the city's landscape hasn't riled residents nearly as much as one that would affect the size and shape of their homes.
After two years of contentious public hearings and detailed committee meetings, the Newport Beach Planning Commission did not reach a consensus Thursday night on changes to its zoning ordinance. The commissioners voted 4-3 against approving a draft version of the revised code.
Essentially, commissioners split on how to determine the allowable size of future residences. Meanwhile, they compromised on new mixed-use zoning rules that could allow residential development in waterfront areas to replace some commercial uses, such as boat sales and service shops. But their greater impasse killed the vote and leaves the City Council with a heavily revised document and weighty issues to address — at least weighty in the eyes of some residents.