The California Coastal Commission is scheduled to rehear Thursday the application for Sunset Ridge Park, a proposed Newport Beach city sports field.
The hearing will be a showdown between city attorneys and commission staff members, who have repeatedly rejected the park.
Planned for the bluff above West Coast Highway and Superior Avenue, the park would add needed playing space for the west side of town. But some commissioners and their staff have flagged the park's impact on protected bird habitat.
In November, commissioners said a park entrance road would really be part of the larger Banning Ranch development planned for neighboring land, and the road should be considered in context of the larger project's environmental impacts.
City staff members withdrew the park application before it could be denied, and resubmitted the proposal without the access road. The revised plan has people parking across Superior and walking to the sports fields.