Museum House Residential Project


Update – November 17, 2016

Please be advised that the City Council of the City of Newport Beach will hold a public hearing to consider the proposed Museum House project on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.  in the City Council Chambers located at the Newport Beach Civic Center. Please see the public hearing notice, below, for more details.

November 29, 2016 - Public Hearing Notice



An EIR addresses the reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts resulting from the requested approvals. The City of Newport Beach is the Lead Agency for this Draft EIR. Copies of the Draft EIR and technical appendices are available during the 45-day public review period beginning on August 17, 2016, and ending on September 30, 2016. The Draft EIR, in particular, examines the potential impacts generated by the proposed Project in relation to the following California Environmental Quality Act Checklist categories: aesthetics, air quality, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, noise, population and housing, public services, transportation/traffic, utilities and service systems, and alternatives. Copies of the Notice of Completion and Availability, Draft EIR, and technical appendices are available at the City’s Community Development Department, public libraries, and through the City’s Environmental Document Download Page.


  • Release of EIR for 45-day public comment period – August 17, 2016 – September 30, 2016
  • Planning Commission Study Session – September 1, 2016
  • Planning Commission Public Hearing – October 20, 2016
  • City Council Public Hearing – November 29, 2016


Related California Urban Housing, LLC (Related), the Project Applicant, is seeking approval of a 100-unit condominium tower—the Museum House Project (proposed project) from the City of Newport Beach.

The proposed project consists of the demolition of the existing Orange County Museum of Art building and the construction of a 25-story residential condominium tower. The proposed tower is approximately 295 feet in height and includes two levels of subterranean parking.

The project site is located in Newport Center, which includes residential, hospitality, and high- and low-rise office buildings surrounding the Fashion Island regional mall. The site itself is approximately two acres (86,942 square feet) and is located at 850 San Clemente Drive in Newport Center (Assessor’s Parcel Number 442-261-05). The project site is located between Santa Cruz Drive to the east and Santa Barbara Drive to the west.

Vicinity Map



In accordance with City Council Policy K-1 (General Plan), an amendment to the General Plan can be initiated by the Council, Commission, or property owner. In this case, the proposed Land Use Element amendment was initiated by a private property owner, and the proposed amendment is described below. Additionally, Council Policy K-1 does not establish a limit on the number of General Plan amendments that can be initiated in any timeframe.

The following legislative and discretionary actions would be required as part of the proposed Museum House project.

General Plan Amendment – The proposed General Plan Amendment would change the land use category from Private Institutional (PI) to Multi-Unit Residential (RM-100) with a maximum development limit of 100 units.

Planned Community Development Plan Amendment – The proposed amendment would change the San Joaquin Plaza Planned Community (PC) land use designation from Civic/Cultural/Professional/Office to Multi-Unit Residential. The PC amendment also includes new residential development standards including a 300-foot height limit.

Tentative Tract Map – Approval of the vesting tentative tract map would allow individual dwelling units to be sold separately.

Site Development Review – Site development review is required to ensure site development is in accordance with the applicable planned community and zoning code development standards and regulations pursuant to Section 20.52.080 (Site Development Reviews) of the Zoning Code.

Traffic Study – Approval of Traffic Study pursuant to the Traffic Phasing Ordinance (NBMC Chapter 15.40).

Development Agreement – Approval of the development agreement is required pursuant to Section 15.45.020 of the Municipal Code because the requested General Plan Amendment includes 50 or more units.


 Site Plan


 Artist's Rendering




Makana Nova, Associate Planner
City of Newport Beach
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660