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South Beach/ US 101 Virtual Open House

Project Overview

South Beach Refinement Plan

Newport’s South Beach has come a long way since 1983, when the City of Newport established an urban renewal district in the area to address the area’s lack of transportation connections, urban infrastructure, and public amenities. However, key issues remain. The Newport Urban Renewal Agency has initiated on a refinement plan process to determine where remaining investments should be prioritized before the Urban Renewal District closes to new projects at the end of 2025.

What has been completed so far?

As a first step, the project team completed an Opportunities and Constraints Report, which summarizes stakeholder interviews to date and organizes key issues within South Beach alongside ideas for how to address the area’s constraints. The document also provides a decision-making framework that helps to prioritize limited remaining urban renewal funding from 2022 to 2025.

Opportunities and Barriers Report


To learn more about this project, please view this 15 minute presentation.



We need your input!

The Newport Urban Renewal Agency is seeking your input on the types of investments it should make to support the South Beach Area in the limited time remaining. The Agency seeks to invest in projects that provide the greatest benefit to the tax base including residents, visitors, and employees while also helping remove development barriers on remaining underutilized parcels in the area.

This survey is the first step in the South Beach / US 101 Refinement Plan process that will ultimately recommend a prioritized list of projects for Agency investments, based on public and stakeholder feedback and technical analysis. The city and its consulting team will use feedback from this survey to develop a list of projects for the Agency’s consideration.

Take the Survey!


What investments can Urban Renewal dollars fund?

Urban renewal funding can be used for physical investments that meet the objectives of the South Beach Urban Renewal Plan:

  • Preserve forest, water, wildlife, and other natural resources
  • Identify sites for public uses such as the OSU Marine Science Center
  • Complete a Port facilitated marine recreation area
  • Encourage marine oriented activities on the northern Shorelands
  • Assure the development of complementary uses adjacent to the Airport
  • Plan new sewer, water, and transportation capacity
  • Allocate a major part of South Beach to heavy commercial and light industrial uses

(Source: South Beach Urban Renewal Plan Amendment 5)



South Beach/US 101 Refinement Plan Schedule

The refinement plan process started in March 2021 and will be completed in November 2021.

SB Timeline