Welcome to the Bellevue Ochre Point Neighborhood Association (BOPNA) website! This neighborhood association is one of many in Newport that, together and individually, provide valuable input to the City and its boards on various citizen concerns. The boundaries of the BOPNA are defined by the R-60 zone and historic residential district located south of the Bellevue Avenue commercial district, extending south of the ocean, east to the ocean and west to Coggeshall/ Spring streets.
The governing committee of the Association hopes you like what you see. We also urge you to provide us feedback about your concerns and join us as active members of your Association.
In January 2008, the Ochre Point Neighborhood Association and Friends of Bellevue merged together as one organization to form the Bellevue-Ochre Point Neighborhood Association (BOPNA), which is now a recognized 501(c)(3) entity for Federal Tax purposes.
The Bellevue-Ochre Point Neighborhood Association is one of the local neighborhood groups in Newport that, together and individually, provide valuable input to the City and its boards on various citizen concerns. The boundaries of the BOPNA are defined by the R-60 zone and historic residential district located south of the Bellevue Avenue commercial district, extending south of the ocean, east to the ocean and west to Coggeshall/ Spring streets.
The Board continues to focus its efforts on the inadequate repair of Bellevue Avenue, and on working with the Preservation Society and Salve Regina University as they develop and restore their properties. We maintain our commitment to preserving the residential nature of our neighborhood while supporting the long term viability of our partners.
Over several years and after many meetings with members of the public and city officials, the Association helped to create the R-60 District Vision Statement, a document that outlines the fundamental characteristics of our neighborhood and calls for their protection and preservation. It has provided a process that has allowed all the major participants in our neighborhood the opportunity to discuss their visions of the future and provided a forum for facilitating future conversations about this ongoing process.
Preserving our Neighborhood Beautification / Amenities - We supported the efforts of the Cliff Walk Commission for needed repairs and to improve warnings signage on the Walk; we also supported the need for quality lavatory facilities at 40 Steps with both the Commission Chairman and the City Manager. We endorsed the public/private creation of the Winslow Triangle at the end of Bellevue Avenue, and supported the ongoing effort for improved landscape language in City ordinances.
Engaging our Neighborhood Partners- We have worked with Salve Regina University on the reconstruction of Miley Hall’s cafeteria without disturbing nearby residential neighbors and the reconstruction of O’Hare Academic Center into a much more effective property for the University with much improved aesthetic appearance. We also reached an agreement that large scale athletic events should not be held in the BOPNA neighborhood. Newport World Heritage Site. We supported the nomination of Newport as a World Heritage site. Newport’s colonial area was designated a World Heritage candidate by the Department of the Interior in March 2008.
Opposed Fast Food Outlet. Working with a member, we opposed the building of a fast food outlet at the Bellevue Plaza Shopping Center as detrimental to our neighborhood. We believe that our joint efforts were instrumental in the developer agreeing to limit the hours and operations of the establishment.
Charter Review: We supported the creation of these task forces which were established to recommend to the City Council improvements in these fundamental governing documents. Tom Goddard is a member of the HDC Zoning Ordinance Review Task Force which should finish its work in 2008.
Alliance for a Livable Newport. Representing the Association, Jim Moore is a member of the board of this organization. ALN presented an analysis of the city’s budget to the City Council, and also held forums on the coyote population on Aquidneck Island, waste water controls and green policies for the city.
R-60 Zone Issues. Working with members of the Association we successfully opposed the sub-division of properties into non-conforming lots that are specifically not allowed by the zoning ordinance.
MEET THE FRIENDS OF NEWPORT PRESERVATION
In partnership with BOPNA, Friends of Newport Preservation (FNP) is a committee working to protect the historic integrity of Newport’s most valuable historic assets and the quality of life for all residents. The group organized to advocate for the protection of The Breakers, recognizing that the proposed development of the property will have an adverse effect on all of Newport. Our efforts have support from community members, local and national experts in preservation, conservation, planning, architecture, and landscape design. The group’s ultimate goal is that our resources will continue to enchant Rhode Islanders and visitors alike, while enabling Newport to prosper as a residential community through protecting its historic landmarks.
Friends of Newport Preservation Members Joanne and Henry Breyer, Donald Christ, Maureen Donnell, Ron Fleming, Linda Gordon, Mary Joan Hoene, Judy McLennan, Stephanie McLennan, Elizabeth “Lisette” Prince, Diana and Jerry Slocum, Gladys V. Szapary, Paul L. Szapary, Gladys Roberts Thomas, William Vareika