A Newport Beach homeowner's modification permit is up for discussion at Tuesday's City Council meeting.
The name might sound familiar to fans of Italian fare.
When Antonio Cagnolo, owner of Antonello Ristorante at South Coast Village, recently built a covered patio area and an outdoor fireplace in the backyard of his Cliff Drive home, the fireplace did not comply with city zoning codes. He's applying for the permit to allow it to stay on the property.
Newport Beach Planning Director James Campbell said the entire patio structure was initially debated, but Cagnolo agreed to reconstruct it in a conforming fashion, therefore the only structure needing relief is the fireplace because it was built on the setback — the land that edges up against the property line and is not allowed to be developed.
Another issue is the height. The fireplace is 14 feet tall, which is 8 feet taller than what the interim zoning code allows. The code, which is being updated, stipulates that the fireplace can be no higher than 6 feet above natural grade.