OCTA Measure M Habitat Conservation Sites
OCTA seeks to build an inventory of potential habitat conservation sites that may be eligible for future funding through OCTA’s freeway mitigation and resource protection program, which is part of the Renewed Measure M sales and use tax.
Proposed Plan includes:
1,375 residential dwelling units
75,000 sq ft of commercial uses
75-room resort hotel
51.4 gross acres for parks
Banning Ranch Conservancy files petition in Superior Court – Sunset Ridge Park Project
Petition filed against City of Newport Beach City Council for Sunset Ridge Park Project approval and for an inadequate and inaccurate Environmental Impact Report and Project Description, resulting in improper segmentation of environmental review and impacts to environmentally sensitive habitat areas (ESHA).
Sunset Ridge Park Project
Mowing and Removal of Vegetation on Banning Ranch
City of Newport Beach – Newport Banning Ranch Project Application
Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the Newport Banning Ranch Project
September 9, 2011
Draft EIR and Exhibits
Draft EIR Appendices
Caltrans review and comment on DEIR for the Banning Ranch Project.
Sunset Ridge Park Project – Coastal Commission Staff Report <link to Sunset Ridge page>
Staff recommends denial of Sunset Ridge Park Project.
Agency and City Responses to Banning Ranch Project
City of Newport Beach to Coastal Commission re vegetation maintenance (fuel modification) on Banning Ranch
Banning Ranch Conservancy letter to Coastal Commission re Scheduling of Hearing on Sunset Ridge <link to Sunset Ridge Docs>
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Illegal Mowing on Sunset Ridge 4-9-13
US Army Corps of Engineers – Southern Marsh and Seminiuk Slough
Sunset Ridge Park Project <link to Sunset Ridge Page>
Approximately 18.9 acres, adjacent to the Banning Ranch property, the City proposes to build an active and passive park that would include baseball and soccer fields, a playground and parking area.
Sunset Ridge Park Project EIR
Sunset Ridge Park – Coastal Commission
Sunset Ridge Park – Legal Action
City of Newport Beach approves the Newport Banning Ranch project – 7-23-12
California Coastal Commission approves CDP for Sunset Ridge Park Project – 8-9-12
California Coastal Commission – Newport Banning Ranch Project Application
Coastal Development Permit (CDP) Application to the Coastal Commission – 2-1-13
Open Space Parks & Trails
Residential MU – Commercial & Visitor Serving Development
Grading & Drainage
Circulation & Parking
Landscape & Design
Infrastructure & Utilities
Technical Studies – Biological Resources Reports
Technical Studies – Geotechnical Reports
CCC Notice of Incomplete Application
Coastal Commission Notice of Violation – Removal of major vegetation
Hamilton Biological letter to Coastal Commission – Biological Issues on Sunset Ridge.
Removal of ESHA on Sunset Ridge site
Application filed with the Coastal Commission and Notices of Incomplete Application
In February 2013, Newport Banning Ranch (NBR) filed for a Coastal Development Permit with the California Coastal Commission (CCC). The CCC issued a Notice of Incomplete Application (NOIA) for information, surveys and studies missing from the application. NBR re-submitted the response applications, to which a NOIA was issued. This continued for 8 rounds from 2013 to 2015 before the final resubmittal was accepted as complete in April 2015.
Application Resubmittal – 11-8-13
NOIA – 12-6-13
Application Resubmittal – 1-10-14
NOIA – 2-7-14
Application Resubmittal – 5-6-14
NOIA – 6-5-14
Application Resubmittal – 10-30-14
NOIA – 11-26-14
Application Resubmittal – 3-5-15
NOIA – 4-3-15
Application Resubmittal – 4-8-15
Application accepted as incomplete 4-29-15
Application Resubmittal – 5-17-13
CCC Notice of Incomplete Application
Application Resubmittal – 7-8-13
NOIA – 8-7-13
California Coastal Commission Strategic Plan 2013-02018
The California Coastal Commission has protected critical open space and resource areas that provide public access near dense urban areas have been protected, including in the Santa Monica Mountains, along Bolsa Chica and the Newport Coast, and around the lagoons in San Diego County. The Strategic Plan is to strengthen the Agency’s implementation of the Coastal Act.
The City of Newport Beach approves the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the NBR project proposal. The Banning Ranch Conservancy (BRC) litigates, claiming that the City of Newport Beach’s approval of the EIR did not comport with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
In November, the Orange County Superior Court rules on Banning Ranch Conservancy vs the City of Newport Beach, deciding in favor of the BRC. In December, the City of Newport Beach appeals the Superior Court’s ruling.
Hamilton Biological review of NBR Dudek California Gnatcatcher Surveys
Coastal Commission Conflict Resolution Letter to Manatt, Phelps & Phillip
West Newport Oil Co. – Demurrer against Coastal Commission
Horizontal Development LLC and West Newport Oil Company files Demurer against the California Coastal Commission.
Coastal Commission Hearing 3-12-15
Unpermitted development and development in noncompliance the terms of a previously-issued permit, in the form of: drilling and operation of new wells; removal of major vegetation; grading; installation of pads and wells; construction of structures, roads and pipelines; placement of solid material; discharge or disposal of any dredged material or any liquid waste; removing, mining, or extraction of material; and change in intensity of use of the land.
Coastal Commission Newport Mesa Unified School District CDP Application – Fence 3-12-15
After-the-fact approval for construction of a 2,046 foot long, 6 foot high chain link fence near the property line.
Staff Recommendation: Denial
Evaluation of Banning Ranch “paper” water – 9-25-15 – David Coffin
Coastal Commission Hearing – 10-7-15
Staff Recommendation – denial of project. Application was withdrawn by applicant.
Staff Report W9b-10-2015
Staff Report Addendum
Banning Ranch Conservancy Briefing Book for NBR Application 5-13-032
Pollution Issues at Banning Ranch
Horizontal Development LLC Oil Operations
Coastal Development Permit Application and Notice of Incomplete Application
Coastal Commission considers firing Executive Director Charles Lester
February Coastal Commission Hearing – POSTPONED
March Coastal Commission Hearing – POSTPONED
Horizontal Development LLC-WNOC CDP Application 9-15-1649
Coastal Commission Hearing
Application withdrawn, immediately resubmitted and accepted. Staff Recommendation – 55 acres. NBR opposed.
Coastal Commission Hearing
Staff Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
Hamilton Biological Letter – 9-6-16
Coast Law Group Letter to CCC (CERF & BRC) – 9-6-16
Briefing Book – Newport Banning Ranch 9-7-2016
Commissioners DENIED project by a vote of 9-1
California Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) Notice of Violation filed against Armstrong Petroleum 10-21-16. Lease Inspection.
Hearing before the California Supreme Court
Revised Findings Leter to CCC 2-3-17
Commissioner Comments to 9-7-16 Hearing
March 30, 2017
The Supreme Court justices unanimously rule that the City of Newport Beach failed to follow CEQA in approving the EIR for NBR’s Newport Banning Ranch proposed project. The Appellate decision is reversed. The result is that the City of Newport Beach must vacate their approval of the EIR for the project.
NBR Files 1st Amended Petition against California Coastal Commission
A Good Day for the Coastal Commission Sept 8, 2016
Banning Ranch Project denied by Coastal Commission, ending 20-year battle – for now Sept 8, 2016
The Orange Coast River Park
Photos of the Tour
Tour of Banning Ranch 6-10-14
The Coastal Commission organized a field trip to Banning Ranchm using three tour busses to ferry people onto the property, with three stops.
Stop No. 1
Stop No 2
Stop No 3
Notice of Preparation
This Notice of Preparation is to notify Responsible Agencies that the Lead Agency, the City of Newport Beach, plans to prepar a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Newport Banning Ranch Project.
NBR Notice of Public Scoping Meeting
The City of Newport Beach is preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report for the Banning Ranch Project to assess the potential environmental affects associated with the development of the 401-acre Project Site.
Orange County Water District – Groundwater Management Plan
The OCW District implements a comprehensive program to manage the groundwater basin to assure a safe and sustainable supply. The Groundwater Management Plan 2009 Update documents the objectives, operations, and programs aimed at accomplishing the District’s mission.
Draft Remedial Plan
This document describes the scope of oil field remediation and field remediation work on the Banning Ranch property if proposed development is approved.
Sunset Ridge Park Project – Draft Environmental Impact Report
The City’s proposed park would include one baseball field and two soccer fields, a playground and picnic area, a memorial garden and an overlook with seating and shade structure, pedestrian paths, restroom facilities and parking.
<link to Sunset Ridge Page>
Coastal Commission Notice of Violation – Removal of Major Vegetation on Sunset Ridge
NBR has removed (mowed) major vegetation in Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas (ESHA) without obtaining a coastal development permit, in violation of the Coastal Act.
Newport Banning Ranch Planned Community Development Plan
The Development Plan includes land use district designations for open space, park and recreation, visitor-serving resort, residential, commercial and mixed use residential/commercial uses for the Project Site
Newport Banning Ranch Master Development Plan
Establishes a master plan for land use and the design criteria that includes general street layouts and infrastructure, grading concept and development plans for residential, visitor serving report park and commercial land use.
Sewer Water Facilities Plan – June 2011
Newport Banning Ranch Development Agreement 7-11-2002
Agreement between City of Newport Beach and Aera Energy LLC and Cherokee Newport Beach LLC.
Newport Banning Ranch Affordable Housing Implementation Plan – July 2012
Newport Banning Ranch Fiscal Analysis – May 2012
Newport Banning Ranch Development
Revised Development Plan
895 residential units
75-room resort hotel
45,100 sq. ft. commercial/retail space
Seismic Faultlines of the Newport-Inglewood Fault
Faultlines mapped in the Newport Banning Ranch Area
Banning Ranch Conservancy Vision Plan
Special Status Species