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Court of Apeal Judgement.....
The court concludes the Banning Ranch Conservancy is the prevailing party for purposes of making a cost award. The previous judgment is reversed with directions to the trial court to issue a new and different writ of mandate commanding the City of Newport Beach to set aside and vacate all approvals relating to the Project and to take no further steps toward approving or otherwise implementing the development of the Project site unless and until the City certifies an EIR which addresses the deficiencies identified by the Supreme Court and is otherwise in compliance with the requirements of CEQA. The Conservancy shall recover its costs incurred on appeal. .....(06/21/2017)

Supreme Court Case Ruling.....
Huge News: The California State Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Banning Ranch Conservancy's appeal. This win essentially renders the EIR as being invalid.....this is a MAJOR victory - a substantial blow to the proposed development project. The Courts opinion stated:
In this court, the parties have briefed and argued both the general plan and CEQA questions. The CEQA dispute centers on whether an EIR must identify areas that might qualify as environmentally sensitive habitat areas (ESHA) under the California Coastal Act of 1976 (Coastal Act; § 30000 et seq.), and account for those areas in its analysis of project alternatives and mitigation measures. We hold that CEQA so requires. The City‟s EIR is inadequate because it omitted any consideration of potential ESHA on the project site, as well as ESHA that were already identified.
The entire court opinion may be viewed here.(03/30/2017)

Developer files lawsuit.....
The Banning Ranch (NBR) developer filed a $490 million dollar lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission on Friday (11/04) for essentially, not approving the project. More details at the OC Register.......(11/05/2016)

Banning Ranch Property Violations.....
Early March, State of California regulators found nearly 150 violations on the oil operation side of the Banning Ranch property in Newport Beach. The state’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources issued a report this week that said the field included leaky oil well heads, discarded concrete rubble, oil drums and pipes covering land that was supposed to be cleared. The State says they have until March 31 to correct the violations or they’ll face a fine..... (03/21/2017)