Land Use

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The pattern of land use in Newport is largely explained by the historic nature of the city. Having developed prior to the inception of zoning, and the invention of the automobile, Newport is a compact city with dense neighborhoods and comparatively narrow streets.

With approximately 90 percent of all land parcels presently developed, Newport is considered nearly "built-out".

The majority of the land area in Newport is classified as medium to high density residential. Within these neighborhoods are found areas of commerce and industry. Often, commercial and office spaces operate in the same building as residential housing; this is referred to as "mixed-use".

Classified as large-lot zoning, residences in the southern portion of the city occupy the second highest amount of land area. Due to soil conditions poorly suited for septic systems, and the location of historic large estate mansions in this area, large lot zoning has been used to protect and maintain this area's character.

In addition to large-lot residences, large tracts of forest, brushland, and recreational areas exist in Newport's Southern portion. Smaller, but equally valued, parks and recreation areas exist within Newport's numerous neighborhoods.


Most development in Newport occurred prior to the inception of zoning, resulting in a high density, walk-able city. Still, change is ongoing, and both development and redevelopment need to be managed to ensure land use appropriate to the goals and visions of Newport's residents.

The tools available to the community to ensure appropriate land use are:

  1. The Comprehensive Land Use Plan
  2. Zoning Ordinances

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan documents community values and evaluation of land use and declares its goals for the future. The Zoning Ordinances derive their legal basis from the Comprehensive Plan.


Land Use 5-20-2013

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