not so good news.........!!!!!
The State of California is requiring cities to update their Housing Element. Essentially, the State's goal is to get cities to commit towards higher home building counts. The City of Newport Beach is no exception and is very close to finishing the required document. The City has identified 8 primary areas where new housing units could be built. Yes, Banning Ranch is one of those areas. The City plan calls for 1,475 housing units (50 per acre) to be built on the property. Of course, the property is in the process of being sold. Another $25 million dollars could certainly change things!!!!!!! Stay tuned.............
even more good news.........!!!!
The State of California Legislature has approved an $8 million dollar grant to be used towards the purchase of the Banning Ranch property. This now translates to a total of $72 million dollars towards the $97 million dollar purchase price! Stay tuned.....
more good News.........!!!
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has awarded The Trust For Public Land $8,000,000 (yes, that is 8 million dollars) to be used towards the purchase of the Banning Ranch property. How cool is that?
Newport Beach’s Banning Ranch, the largest undeveloped private coastal site in Southern California, moved closer this week to becoming a prized public nature preserve, potentially in a league with Upper Newport Bay, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Torrey Pines State Reserve.
After more than two decades of battling development proposals for the 401-acre parcel that abuts Pacific Coast Highway, environmentalists are celebrating the Thursday, May 20, announcement that The Trust For Public Land has reached an agreement with the landowner to purchase 384 acres of the site for $97 million. “This is a big deal, we are not there yet, but we’re closer than we’ve ever been.” said Terry Welsh, who began fighting development at the site 22 years ago and is the president of the Banning Ranch Conservancy.
The next hurdle is raising the additional $47 million needed to close the deal by the June 30, 2022, deadline. Trust officials said the $50 million already in hand — donated in 2019 by Newport Beach developer and philanthropist Frank Randall and his wife, Joann — was key in bringing the landowner to the negotiating table. Trust officials are highly confident that between public and private dollars, the additional needed funds could be obtained. The lion’s share of the remaining money is likely to come from state and federal coffers. If the sale is completed, officials have estimated that it would take about two years to clean up the site and begin preparing it for public use. Ideas for that eventual use include restoration, trails and campgrounds, and is likely to cost tens of millions of dollars beyond the purchase price. The entire plan would start with a public engagement process in order to evaluate what citizens would like to see and then a formal plan would be developed.
Please stay tuned for additional information regarding these interesting new developments - remember there is still much to be done. Save Newport Banning Ranch will try to keep the website and facebook pages as up-to-date as possible.
...................................( many thanks to the Orange County Register )
There are many, many Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, and even Fish that are thriving on the Banning Ranch property. For a complete list of the wildlife that fall into this category please visit the Biology page of the SNBR Website.
It is very important to know there are 76 wildlife species that can be found either on the Banning Ranch Property or in the vicinity that are endangered (Federally and/or State of California), are on the State Fully Protected List, are listed as a State Species of Special Concern, and/or are on the State Species Watch List.
Please visit the Endangered Species page for the complete list of wildlife that fall into this category. There are links within this list that contain detailed information about some of the endangered species as well as which species have been observed on the property.
Coyotes are often seen and heard on the Banning Ranch property. The photo at the right was taken January 31, 2021 at 10:18 a.m. The photos above (Great Blue Heron) and below (another Coyote) were also taken on the Banning Ranch property.