Banning ranch timeline.....

1500   American Indians inhabited the area in dense concentrations.
1769 The Portola expedition, the first European party to cross over land into what would become Orange County, results in large land grants, possibly including the area that would become Banning Ranch, to Mexican citizens.
1850   California achieves statehood.
1851   The United States Land Act encourages American settlement.
1874   Andrew Glassell sells 4,077 acres in the area of the Santa Ana River mouth to Mary Hollister Banning for $17,500.
1920   Mary Hollister discovers oil on her property -- the first such discovery in the area of the Santa Ana River.
1936   State of California acquires part of Banning Ranch for a prison site, but prison is never built.
1943   Oil wells pop up along West Newport Beach.
1950   Fairview Park, Talbert Park, Costa Mesa Golf Course and Fairview Developmental Center are created on Banning Ranch land acquired by state.
Early 1980's   Property is transferred to Mobil Oil and Santiago Partners Investment Group and 93 acres transferred to Army Corps of Engineers for wetland restoration site.
1997   Owners propose, in a joint venture with Taylor Woodrow Homes Inc., to build 1,750 homes on the property.
1999   Sierra Club's Banning Ranch task force is formed, and makes its first public proposal to restore the land to natural habitat.
2002   Taylor Woodrow decides to end participation in 1,750-home proposal for reasons unrelated to the project.
2004   Activists introduce refurbished restoration plan; property owners say they are still interested in developing the property.
2006   City General Plan is approved by voters. Banning Ranch preference (per the General Plan) is that it be designated as open space.
2012   Newport Beach City Council gives developer the go-ahead to build 1,375 homes, a hotel and shops. Banning Ranch Conservancy files lawsuit challenging environmental report and other planning documents.
2012   Banning Ranch Conservancy files a lawsuit in August against the City of Newport Beach citing the City violatated CEQA law and violated its own General Plan.
2013   Developer submits Coastal Development Permit (CDP) Application to the California Coastal Commission (CCC).
2013   BRC gets partial win in lawsuit against the City of Newport Beach - Judge halts project, telling the city to consult with coastal regulators. Judgement supports argument that the City violated its own General Plan.
2014
  City appeals judge's ruling. The California Coastal Commission could review the project late 2014.
2014   Developer submits 6th iteration (May 1, 2014) of Coastal Development Permit (CDP) Application to the California Coastal Commission (CCC).
2014
  City of Newport Beach works on admendments to the current General Plan - some changes are significant, some are minor. Proposed changes will require "blanket" voter approval and it may be on the November ballot.
2014
  In October, NBR, LLC submits more material (7th time) based upon requests of the Coastal Commission.
2014
  Measure Y (General Plan updates) is soundly defeated in the November election.
2014
  In late November the CCC sends yet another NOIA to NBR, LLC.
2015
  Coastal Commission/Newport Banning Ranch, LLC settlement agreement - March. Agreement covers unpermitted vegetation removal and oil production activities. Big win for open space advocates. (Agreement Summary)
2015
  NBR, LLC submits additional documents related to the Coastal Development Permit (CDP) - March.
2015
  04/29/2015 - CCC considers CDP complete. Public Hearings are tentatively scheduled for October, 2015 CCC meetings.
2015
  05/19/2015 - Court of Appeals finds in favor of the City of Newport Beach. This reverses the decision on the lawsuit that was made in 2014. The original lawsuit was filed by the Banning Ranch Conservancy in 2012.
2015
  08/19/2015 - The California State Supreme Court agreed to review the Banning Ranch Conservancy’s petition asking the court to reverse Newport Beach’s July 2012 approval of the project.
2015
  10/07/2015 - California Coastal Commission directs staff to work with the Newport Banning Ranch project developers to scale down the project. Any decisions on the project will be delayed for 90 days.
2015
  11/04/2015 - The Newport Banning Ranch developer submits a revised "scaled-down" plan to the CCC. The Coastal Commission schedules a hearing for the new plan at the January meetings. 12/2015 - The meetings are rescheduled for the March meetings as the Developer withdraws the Coastal Development Permit application.
2015
  The NBR developer submits a Coastal Development Permit application for the consolidation of oil production facilities. The CCC responds quickly with a Notice of Incomplete Application letter.
2016
  Mid February - the Newport Banning Ranch developer requests and receives a delay of the scheduled March hearing. The hearing is now scheduled for May 11-13, 2016 (exact date and time are unknown).
2016
  CCC hearing on developer CDP is set for Thursday, May 12, 2016.
2016
  Early May 2016 - CCC staff report recommends a reduction of the project to about 55 acres. NBR developer requests a postponement of the hearing item scheduled for May 12, 2016.
2016
  CCC hearing is scheduled for September 2016.
2016
  August 2016 - CCC staff report recommends another reduction of the project to about 19 acres.
2016
  September 07 - Coastal Commission votes 9-1 in favor of not following staff recommendation of approving the project based on conditions and thereby not approving the proposed development project as presented by the developer.
2016
  November 04, - Newport Banning Ranch developer files $490 million dollar lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission.
2016
  December 09 - Coastal Commission approves CDP application for oil production consolidation, an important aspect of the proposed development project.
2017
  January 04, - California State Supreme Court hearing, Banning Ranch Conservancy vs. City of Newport Beach held in San Franciso.
2017
  April - California State Supreme Court renders a judgement in favor of the Banning Ranch Conservancy. The judgement essentially nullifies the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and the development is now considered to be a "non" project.
2017
  June - California Appellate Court hearing rules the CIty of Newport Beach shall be responsible for all court costs involving the Banning Ranch Conservancy vs. City of Newport Beach lawsuit.