CCC denies development.....
A summary of Coastal Commission staff recommendations that were not approved:
Staff is recommended approval of the project as conditioned to include: oil well abandonment and clean-up to the appropriate levels with habitat restoration, protection of all sensitive resources, both biological and cultural, development of water quality improvements and the residential areas to the north of the site specifically the Urban Colony and the North Family Village with a road between the two, and all associated infrastructure and utilities confined to the areas outside of mapped constraints with access limited to 17th street. Staff is also recommending approval of the 329 acre Open Space dedication and habitat restoration.
The "buildable" area as definded by the staff recommendations is the tan areas show below.
On July 11, 2016 the Newport Banning Ranch developer submitted yet another "scaled-down" version of the project plan designed to more comply with staff recommendations that the project must avoid environmentally sensitive habitat (ESHA). This appears to be the plan that the developer is sticking with (at least at this point - even post CCC hearing).
|Open Space Preserve and Public Parks||290 acres||329 acres|
|Regional Coastal Vehicular Access||17 acres||12 acres|
|Visitor Serving Retail – Square Footage||45,100 s.f.||45,100 s.f.|
|Neighborhood Commercial||29,900 s.f.||None|
|Hotel – Low Cost Overnight Accommodations ( Hostel )||75-20 (rooms)||75-20 (rooms)|
|Overnight Accommodations & Retail – Acreage||10 acres||8 acres|
|Residential Density||1,174 units||895 units|
|Residential Acreage||67 acres||37 acres|
|Oil Operations||17 acres.||10 acres|
|Grading Volume||3.6 million c.y.||2.8 million c.y.|
|Total||401 acres||401 acres|
A complete description of the changes may be accessed via this link.