Newport Beach General Plan favors growth in the airport zone, not citywide

Published in LA Times's Daily Pilot on Jan 17, 2018

The city seal, as seen in the Newport Beach council chambers in 2014. (SCOTT SMELTZER / Daily Pilot)

The city seal, as seen in the Newport Beach council chambers in 2014. (SCOTT SMELTZER / Daily Pilot)

Re. "Mailbag: City Council appears to have pledged its allegiance to developers": Local activist Lynn Swain recently argued in the Daily Pilot that the City Council should consider "floating" 2,200 new housing units across Newport Beach and into our existing communities. Ms. Swain thought that this would be better than building 260 condos over by John Wayne Airport as part of a plan called Koll Center Residences.

I disagree. I believe most growth in Newport Beach should occur over by the airport and away from our existing communities. That's what the voters demanded in the Newport Beach General Plan because it's what makes sense.

Newport Beach has a voter-approved General Plan that calls for Koll Center Residences to be built over by the airport. The developer has rights to its property and has adhered strictly to the General Plan.

Koll Center Residences checks all the boxes and should be approved. Ms. Swain may want to float 2,200 housing units across our existing communities but that's not what our General Plan calls for and it's certainly not what would benefit our city.

Scott Scubert, Corona del Mar