“There’s a lot of ice plant on the slope, and it’s pulled away at it for years,” said Dave Webb, Newport Beach Deputy Public Works director.
The slope below Ocean Boulevard has been kept in place with plastic tarps that look like trash bags, said Andy Tran, a city project engineer.
The project design should be complete this month, Tran said, and should go to the City Council for approval in September. Construction could begin in October, and weather permitting, be complete before the end of the year.
Sewer lines in the area, which are old and need repairs, will be improved as part of the project, but China Cove residents likely won’t notice when that work is done over the course of a single day, Tran said.
The project will include using a manmade material that will be nailed into the slope. The material will be natural in appearance, Tran said. Landscaping will then be added, with taller-growing plants at the bottom and other plants added that will hang over and hide the wall.
One resident at the meeting, Dan Purcell, asked about why the planned landscaping choices are not all native.
Webb said that the plants were selected to help prevent erosion as well as how they would fit, appearance-wise, into the area. They will be an improvement from the ice plant, he said.
The project is considered a maintenance project and does not need Coastal Commission approval, Tran said.