I would agree, personally I am not attached too much to the Kelvin Timeline, so I would be fine if they used the Kelvin crew or not, I am just glad Abrams is no longer directing, I am sick of nostalgia bait. We do not need to reinvent the wheel.I hope he is using the softer meaning of the word reboot. Something along the lines of "I'm not going continue where the previous movie ended, but I'm not going to start everything from the scratch either." I would personally be 100% fine with a standalone movie, with 100% original cast of characters with no connections to any of the previously established characters or storylines, but doesn't restart the series from the very begining either.
But, if nothing else, at least Noah seems to get the franchise and likes it, which is a nice change of pace for people who only use the franchise to kickstart their directing career (Baird), outright think that the franchise is boring and should be completely retooled (Abrams) or like the franchise, but are action directors hired for their action sensibilities (Lin).
Star Trek 09 seems like one of the best things he has directed because the nostalgia bait was somewhat subtle and 10 years ago nostalgia was not an overpowering presence in the cinema, but everything else he did was filled with obvious nostalgia bait.