Steps being taken to help upgrade “challenged” buildings and vehicles in Newport.
Police Chief Jason Malloy reports that Community Service Officer Jovita Ballentine has made a notable impact on Newport after just six months on the job.
The Community Service Officer (CSO) is responsible for the enforcement of certain regulatory ordinances to deal with attractive nuisance violations and abandoned vehicles. The CSO attempts to resolve incidents through voluntary compliance.
Violations at homes or businesses that Ballentine has investigated so far totals 39. Twenty-nine transient camp sites have been posted and cleaned. Ballentine tagged 96 abandoned vehicles, and 12 were towed due to non-compliance. In addition, she served 310 subpoenas and issued 34 parking citations.
Assisting the Finance Department, Ballentine contacted 268 businesses with expired business licenses. As a result, 90 came into compliance, and 161 were determined to no longer be in business.
Ballentine also has become very involved with community enrichment, reaching out to schools, and organizing Newport’s annual National Night Out.
Photo of a hazard issue resolved by CSO Jovita Ballentine
City Council to hold First Public Hearing on Vacation Rental Dwellings on February 19
The City Council will hold its first public hearing regarding changes to Newport’s regulations for short-term rentals at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The hearing will be held in the Council Chambers of Newport City Hall, located at 169 SW Coast Highway.
Changes contained in the draft ordinance phase out vacation rentals as a permitted use in certain parts of the city, and limit them in other areas.
This hearing is an opportunity to share with the City Council any thoughts about the proposed changes. Testimony may be submitted in written or oral form. A vote will not be taken at this meeting. The City Council will consider public testimony and finalize ordinance language in a future work session prior to a second public hearing.
The Community Development (Planning) Department, City Hall, 169 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, OR 97365, must receive testimony by 5:00 P.M. on February 19 to be included as part of the hearing, or testimony must be personally presented at the public hearing.
Ordinance No. 2144 was developed with the assistance of a citizen committee to review the City’s existing short-term rental regulations. It was then refined by the Planning Commission following public hearings in November and December of 2018. The ordinance affects two chapters of the Newport Municipal Code. The first is a new Chapter 4.25 that provides an administrative framework for licensing the annual operation of short-term rentals. Chapter 14.25 is the second affected chapter, and has been entirely rewritten and contains land use rules for short-term rentals.
The draft ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission can be viewed on the city’s main webpage by clicking the link http://newportoregon.gov/dept/cdd/VacationRentalDwelling.asp.
A component of the Commission’s recommendation is a new zoning overlay identifying areas in the City where vacation rentals will continue to be allowed. There are two maps of the proposed zoning overlay on the website. One shows the full extent of the permitted area and another is zoomed in to show how new spacing standards would be applied in the permitted area. A staff recommendation is also available on the website. Public comments provided to the citizen committee and Planning Commission have been compiled into a single document that is also available for review.
Please submit written testimony to the Community Development (Planning) Department, City Hall, by 5:00 P.M. on February 19 for the hearing.
A hardcopy of the draft ordinance, and related materials, is available for inspection, and may be purchased at a reasonable cost at the Community Development Department, Newport City Hall, located at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon. For additional information concerning the ordinance, contact Derrick Tokos, Community Development Director, at 541.574.0626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newport’s International Sister City Committee invites Newport area residents to help strengthen the relationship between Newport and it’s Sister City in Japan
The City of Newport and Mombetsu, Hokkaido, Japan, have been Sister Cities for more than 50 years. Mombetsu, like Newport, is a coastal community with a fishing fleet. Located near the Sea of Okhotsk, Mombetsu focuses on fishing and agriculture. Most of the fishing is for cold water species such as crab.
In the summer of 2019, the City of Mombetsu will be sending a youth delegation to visit Newport. The City of Newport is looking for people interested in helping plan the youth visit, and people interested in serving as host families.
An ad-hoc Mombetsu Sister City Committee will meet in late February or early March to help plan the visit.
Anyone interested in planning or hosting one of the youth delegates can apply for a position on the committee. The city’s committee application is on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov. Click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.” Copies of a committee application form can be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613.
The application deadline is February 23, 2019.
Questions should be directed to Peggy Hawker, at 541.574.0613 or email@example.com.