Museum House Tower

February 28, 2017
City Council rescinds its approval of Museum House Tower Project

Line in the Sand Political Action Committee (LITS) applauds the City Council’s decision to rescind their approval of the Museum House Project as a direct result of the strength of voter feedback on this 25-story, 391,158 sq. ft. condo high-rise, high-density residential tower that would have replaced the single-story OC Museum of Art in Newport Center.

Line in the Sand especially wants to thank the thousands of Newport Beach voters who took the time to engage in the conversation about this project with the developer, city staff, the Planning Commission and City Council through letters, phone calls and meetings, and ultimately exercised their right to call for a public vote to decide this single political question through the referendum process.

But when nearly a quarter of all Newport Beach registered voters expressed concern with the Council’s prior approvals by signing the petition in less than two weeks and despite intimidation by the developer, it became apparent an actual election would yield only a foregone, and wastefully costly, conclusion.

The City Council recognized this by introducing an ordinance stating, in part: “the City respects the will of its residents and desires to avoid the expenses associated with an election by repealing the resolution and associated project approvals in their entirety.”

Mayor Muldoon, at the recent Mayor’s Dinner, additionally embraced citizen engagement by stating that one of his goals is to incorporate “as many residents as possible in [a] general plan update so it is truly the people’s general plan.”

These two statements, coupled with the overwhelming success of the Museum House referendum process, should be the catalyst that brings together voters and city leaders for an open conversation about the future character of our town. By talking and listening to each other, the hope is that a true consensus will develop for future planning purposes.

What’s Next?

Coming soon!  You won’t want to miss out on this.

Fun activities and spirited discussions . . . all with a goal of working toward a solution to high-rise/high-density issues in Our Town.  We hope you will join us in this important conversation.  Details will follow.

Photo by Josh Barber,
Contributing Photographer , Orange County Register

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