South Beach/ US 101 Virtual Open House
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.
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.
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.
Urban renewal funding can be used for physical investments that meet the objectives of the South Beach Urban Renewal Plan:
(Source: South Beach Urban Renewal Plan Amendment 5)
The refinement plan process started in March 2021 and will be completed in November 2021.