My goodness, look what I found in The Register this morning! It looks like Newport Beach may finally crack down on all the rehab homes that had been popping up all over town. The new set of restrictions, which have been in the works since officials in April temporarily banned new sober-living and drug-treatment houses from opening, address residents’ concern about the estimated 100 rehab homes and how they apparently destroy community character.
OK, so what exactly are these new rules? First off, the new ordinances would retroactively require most rehab homes to obtain a permit that imposes special conditions, perhaps including parking and noise restrictions. Homes that fail to comply may face closure. Also, the new rules would bar most new rehab homes from opening anywhere except for areas zoned for multi-family residences. Such areas constitute only about 1,000 acres of Newport Beach, according to Newport Beach Mayor Steve Rosansky.
So how does this sound to you? What do you think about Newport’s proposed new restrictions on rehab homes? Are they finally taking care of what’s been a glut of eyesores all over town? Or is Newport Beach going too far in preventing these homes from providing needed services to recovering drug addicts?
I want to hear what you have to say. Would these new restrictions hinder efforts to provide help for these addicts? Or will they provide help for local residents who want to keep their neighborhoods clean?
Go ahead. Make my day. Have your say.