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Some “Speakin’ n’ Tweakin'” on Nye Beach’s Future

Newport City Council "How are we doing on Nye Beach?"

Newport City Council
“How are we doing on Nye Beach?”

Nye Beach residents and business owners offer their opinion on taking Nye Beach to the next step...

Nye Beach residents and business owners offer their opinion on taking Nye Beach to the next level…

Residents and business owners say there's already too much "massiveness" to some Nye Beach buildings-blocks sun-detracts from "village" feel

Residents and business owners say there’s already too much “massiveness” to some Nye Beach buildings-blocks sun-detracts from “village” feel

"Mass blocking out sun"

“Mass blocking out sun”

Prefer architecture that stair steps back from street, to allow more sun and sky...

Prefer architecture that stair steps back from street, to allow more sun and sky…

Want more charming architecture - adding to the "village" feeling of the district.

Want more charming architecture – adding to the “village” feeling of the district.

A group of Nye Beach residents and business owners recommended some changes to the vision of how Nye Beach should keep growing. It’s been ten years since Nye Beach got an urban renewal boost along with a facelift to make it look and feel more like an interesting coastal village – no longer a worn out cluster of aging motels.

The report card to the Newport City Council was pretty positive but most citizens also recommended a number of major tweaks to future development. They included barring future buildings from being so tall and wide – imposing and blocking out the sun, casting shadows instead of warmth and light on the streets below. They recommended height restrictions and stair-stepping the outsides to let more light down to the streets – more open areas between buildings and restricting the consolidation of lots which usually means something huge may be on the drawing board. They said it may maximize income for a developer but it ruins the charming village feel that Nye Beach residents and business owners are trying to promote and preserve.

The council took copious notes and thanked the Nye Beach community for their heartfelt testimony. They tasked Community Development Director Derrick Tokos with shepherding the comments through the city’s planning commission. The commission will fine-tune and make course corrections for the Nye Beach “overlay” plan which, so far, has produced a renaissance of creative change and enhanced tourism in the Nye Beach District. Tokos said the commission will take a number of months to analyze everything -including how to enhance Nye Beach’s attractions and ambiance but also shrink the boundaries of the district a little more tightly around the beachfront area. Some residents east of Coast Street have felt like stricter development codes are better applied to a specialty part of town – not complicating the lives of those living right next to one.

Community Development Director Derrick Tokos said it will take a number of months to formulate plan modifications before they would be ready for consideration and possible enactment by the city council.

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