Residential Zoning Code Review & Survey - 2010
                               Following almost three years of committee meetings and staff research, the new zoning code is
                               in its final review stage and public hearings in October 2010.

                               CdMRA conducted a newsletter survey in April 2010 about eliminating the Floor Area Limit for homes
                               built or remodeled in the Flower Streets.   Conclusions of that survey were published on our website
                               and a letter was sent to City Council.  Over the Summer months, the Planning Department Staff
held a number of public outreach meetings, and as a result of resident input made changes to the proposed code and
reviewed their recommendations with City Council in September.  CdMRA conducted a second survey of its members in
September, and presented the survey results and recommendations to City Council at their September Study Session.


Important Documents & Zoning Code Summaries




Existing Zoning Code – Corona del Mar Flower Streets

  • Under the existing zoning code, home size is determined by a “floor area ratio” (FAR) calculation which is
    essentially a lot’s square footage after setbacks have been deducted, multiplied by the allowable factor (1.5  on
    Balboa Island and Corona del Mar, and 2.0 for the rest of Newport Beach).
  • Parking requirements for a single family residence (R1) must be one enclosed garage space and one carport
    (covered or uncovered). The garage space is included in the total square footage while the carport is not.
  • A duplex (R2) can meet its parking requirements differently than an R1.  A duplex can use enclosed garages or
    carports (covered or uncovered).  That is, there is no enclosed garage requirement for a duplex.
  • Basements under seven feet in height do not count against total square footage; basements seven feet or greater
    in height are counted as part of the total square footage.
  • The current code includes building requirements that are designed to create less perceived visual mass above
    ground.


Proposed Zoning Code – Corona del Mar Flower Streets

  • There is essentially no change to the latest proposal in calculating home size.  Home size would continue to be
    determined by a “floor area ratio” (FAR) calculation which is essentially a lot’s square footage after setbacks have
    been deducted, multiplied by the allowable factor (1.5  on Balboa Island and Corona del Mar, and 2.0 for the rest of
    Newport Beach).  
  • Single-family homes (R1) are required to have a two-car enclosed garage; homes greater than 4000 square feet
    are required to have a three-car enclosed garage. As in the current code, garage space would be included in the
    total square footage of the home size calculation.
  • There is no change to duplex (R2) parking requirements.  They remain the same as in the current code.
  • In August 2010 the Planning Department, based on community outreach, recommended that the new code allow
    for a basement that is equal to the buildable lot size and is not included in the home-size calculation.   For example,
    the above grade dwelling can be as large as 1.5 FAR and the below-grade basement can be as large as 1.0 FAR.  
    However, City Council directed staff to remove any limits on basement size in their September 12 Study Session.
  • The latest version of the new code includes building requirements that are designed to create less perceived visual
    mass above ground.


Approved Zoning Code – Corona del Mar Flower Streets - October 2010

  • Home size will continue to be determined by a “floor area ratio” (FAR) calculation which is essentially a lot’s square
    footage after setbacks have been deducted, multiplied by the allowable factor (1.5  on Balboa Island and Corona
    del Mar, and 2.0 for the rest of Newport Beach).  
  • Single-family homes (R1) are required to have a two-car enclosed garage; homes greater than 4000 square feet
    are required to have a three-car enclosed garage. As in the current code, garage space would be included in the
    total square footage of the home size calculation.
  • There is no change to duplex (R2) parking requirements.  They remain the same as in the current code.
  • There is no size limit to below-grade basements.
  • Building designs are required to create less perceived visual mass above ground, using concepts that include
    open areas and structure articulation.
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