The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday will hear arguments about a retail center proposed for a long-vacant Mariner's Mile property.
Former Mayor Tod Ridgeway is appealing a Planning Commission decision from June to block his client's proposed luxury shopping center.
Planning commissioners and neighbors have complained that the Mariner's Pointe project is too big for the property at West Coast Highway and Dover Drive. At the same time, city officials have long sought to replace or repair the deteriorating buildings there.
As they plan for next year's Mariner's Mile revitalization, council members could set the tone for future development.
"We'd like to see some development there, but nothing of that magnitude," said neighbor Jack Geerlings, who lives on the bluff above the proposed center.