The Newport Beach Planning Commission held a quick, 10-minute hearing before voting unanimously to grant a variance for a new home to be built at 3225 Ocean Boulevard.
The current plans for the home are smaller than those that were rejected by the California Coastal Commission last year. The new home would be built on three levels along with a detached garage and a new staircase and a funicular hillside lift.
The Planning Commission heard a staff presentation, then asked no questions before voting to approve a variance to allow the lower level of the house to encroach ten feet into the 10-foot front yard setback.
The original plans, which called for a 4,715-square-foot home on four stories with an elevator and tunnel to a three-car garage, had received “approval in concept” from the city in December 2009.
The California Coastal Commission in January 2011 voted no on the project, partly because it would have required too much bluff excavation.
The current project will need Coastal Commission approval before construction begins, but architect Brion Jeannette said in an interview this week that he has worked with Coastal staff and felt confident the new project plans would be found suitable.