Newport Boulevard Improvement
Complex permitting through California Coastal Commission for a heavily congested beach community intersection
- Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
- Coordination with the California Coastal Commission
Newport Boulevard is the major artery leading into iconic Newport Beach. As such, it experiences huge influxes of traffic especially at the 32nd Street and Newport Intersection. The City of Newport set out to improve and widen the 32nd/Newport Intersection by placing additional northbound and southbound lanes along Newport Boulevard, 6-foot-wide bike lanes along both sides of Newport Boulevard, and putting in a public parking lot for 26 spaces on the west side of Newport Boulevard between 32nd Street and Finley Avenue.
Chambers Group worked closely both with the City’s Public Works Departments and an engineering consultant to prepare an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the project. The IS/MND analyzed potential impacts associated with construction and operation of the proposed project, including consistency with the Newport Beach Coastal Land Use Plan. Chambers Group attended the City Council meeting to support the approval of the IS/MND. Chambers Group and the City of Newport Beach prepared a coastal development permit for submission to the California Coastal Commission as a condition of project approval. The coastal permit demonstrated that the project would not disrupt coastal access or impact coastal resources.
Ultimately, Chambers Group delivered the California Coastal Commission permit on time and on budget.