Although county officials have rejected Costa Mesa’s request for a sphere of influence over Banning Ranch, the city could still have some input on what happens to the land.
“Clearly the city has an interest in the future of Banning Ranch, whether it is fully developed or if it is preserved as park and open space,” Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder said. “We have been pleased with the owner’s receptiveness with working with Costa Mesa.”
Newport Banning Ranch LLC, the private management team that oversees Banning Ranch, is developing plans for housing, a hotel and shopping in the area. The management group hopes to unveil tentative plans late this spring.