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By Britney Barnes and Brittany Woolsey | September 4, 2012
The Banning Ranch Conservancy has filed a legal challenge to the approval of the proposed Banning Ranch development. In its lawsuit against the city of Newport Beach, the conservancy argues that the project violates the city's General Plan, which prioritizes that the land in West Newport be kept as open space. The lawsuit, filed Aug. 24, also asserts that the project's environmental impact report was inadequate and doesn't mitigate the project's significant impacts. "The city's only legal responsibility is to prepare the environmental impact report, and their preparation of that was laughable," conservancy Executive Director Steve Ray said.
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By Kim Farthing | August 30, 2012
I have had asthma since I was a little girl. I have to use two inhalers a day. The Banning Ranch Development project frightens me because of the information in the environmental impact report. It states the air quality, which will result from this project, will have mass emissions of oxides of nitrogen. Without mitigation, regional emissions are forecast to exceed applicable thresholds in some construction years. How many and when? Though mitigation MM 4.10.1 would reduce the emissions to less than significant levels, Tier 4 diesel engine construction equipment cannot be assured, but for purposes of the report, the impacts are found to be significant and unavoidable.
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By Mike Reicher | August 8, 2012
Newport Beach's oldest yacht club is planning to replace its 1919 clubhouse with a larger, modernized building. The Newport Harbor Yacht Club applied for city permits last month that would allow it to exceed the bayfront height limitation and construct a new building with a second-story ballroom. The current clubhouse at 720 West Bay Ave. often floods when storms and high tides inundate the Balboa Peninsula, and the old wooden structure is more vulnerable to earthquakes and fires than its proposed replacement.
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By Mike Reicher | July 24, 2012
As Banning Ranch developers prepare their application for the California Coastal Commission, conservationists are still hoping they will someday be able to buy the ranch's 400 acres and preserve it all as open space. But after Monday night's 6-0 vote by the Newport Beach City Council, the ranch's owners are one step closer to 1,375 homes and other land uses, approvals that would make the West Newport property much more valuable than it is today as open space and oil fields. Banning Ranch Conservancy leaders say they aren't daunted.
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By Dorothy Kraus and other Banning Ranch opponents | July 23, 2012
Banning Ranch development will adversely impact thousands of residents living in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and surrounding communities for more than 10 years of construction and will be ongoing after project completion. We, the undersigned, respectfully urge the city of Newport Beach to halt any further action on this project. We ask the city to immediately assign city resources to focus on a plan to preserve all of Banning Ranch as open space, which is the priority land use option as stated in the city of Newport Beach general plan.
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By Mike Reicher | June 20, 2012
After months of public hearings, the Newport Beach Planning Commission may approve the Newport Banning Ranch development plans at its meeting Thursday. The City Council would still have to approve the plans as well. Planning department staff members recommend that the commission OK the project, despite the projected noise, traffic and other impacts to neighboring communities. To allow 1,375 homes and commercial uses on 401 acres west of Newport Beach, the commission and council will have to declare that the public benefits outweigh certain negative impacts, such as any light and noise pollution affecting the nearby Newport Crest condominiums.
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By Jeffrey Harlan | June 9, 2012
With little discussion, the Costa Mesa City Council awarded a $665,000 consulting contract Tuesday night to update the city's general plan over the next 18 months. Although this project has flown under the radar, its importance cannot be underestimated. As the city's blueprint for growth, the general plan should clearly articulate the community's expectations — how and where we want to develop — so that those who desire to build and invest in Costa Mesa know what kind of standards the community has established.
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May 1, 2012
Costa Mesa Deputy CEO and Economic Development Director Peter Naghavi will take on additional job duties May 7 by adding development services director to his title. He will take on the additional role without extra pay, saving the city about $225,000 annually and allowing the position's interim director, Khanh Nguyen, to return to his role as a city building official, according to the city. Naghavi will oversee an update to Costa Mesa's general plan, lead ratcheted-up code enforcement of the city's drug and alcohol rehab homes, and prepare Costa Mesa for the loss of state redevelopment funds.
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By Sarah Peters | March 23, 2012
Plans for the proposed development of Banning Ranch cleared a major hurdle this week, with the Newport Beach Planning Commission's endorsement of a voluminous draft environmental impact report. The commission approved the document 4 to 1 Thursday for the consideration of the City Council, which will make the final decision. "Supporting the [report] doesn't mean support of the project," Chairman Michael Toerge said. "It means that the environmental issues have been adequately and fairly disclosed.
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By Joseph Serna | February 22, 2012
Costa Mesa Sanitary District politics are getting messy. On Thursday, the Sanitary District's board is expected to hear an outside attorney's opinion that Jim Fitzpatrick's dual roles as a board member and a Costa Mesa planning commissioner pose a potential conflict of interest. This could lead to Fitzpatrick's ouster from the Sanitary District board, though it's not expected to affect his standing on the Planning Commission. In November, Sanitary District Director Art Perry pushed for the agency to examine the legality of Fitzpatrick's seat on the board — the second time the issue has come up, but the first time publicly.
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