City of Newport Beach | Posted Date: 5/20/2015 5:30 PM
The California Court of Appeals has upheld the City of Newport
Beach’s (City’s) approval of the development of Banning Ranch and rejected
the Banning Ranch Conservancy’s (Conservancy’s) legal challenge to the
Banning Ranch development project in its entirety.
This is the second time the courts have rejected the Conservancy’s
claims about the City’s actions. In 2013, the Orange County Superior Court
rejected the Conservancy’s claim that the City did not comply with the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when it approved the Banning
Ranch project. In fact, the Superior Court found nothing wrong with the
environmental impact report (EIR), wetlands surveys, and other biological
analyses completed on the Banning Ranch property.
On May 20, 2015, the California Court of Appeal reaffirmed this
decision and also ruled that the City complied with its General Plan when it
approved the project.
“We are pleased that the Court of Appeal rejected the Conservancy’s
claims and ratified the City’s processing of this complex and controversial
project,” said Newport Beach Mayor Edward Selich. “It is a project that
deserves consideration at the Coastal Commission given its balanced approach
to restoration, open space, and development. Following our approval in 2012,
we are glad that the site is one step closer to remediation and
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