Coastal Commission Staff Report Eliminates All Public Benefits, Coastal Access, Open Space, Native American Programs
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Newport Banning Ranch Owners Say Coastal Commission Staff Report is “De-facto Denial” of Project–Eliminates All Public Benefits, Coastal Access, Open Space, Native American Programs
Vows to Challenge Report Because of False Assumptions on Impacts Commission Staff Relied Almost Solely on Data from Project Opponents
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 29, 2016
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Saying the most recent California Coastal Commission staff report is a “de-facto denial of the project,” Newport Banning Ranch property owners say they will challenge the report’s conclusions which are mostly based on false assumptions provided by experts representing project opponents. The 172 page staff recommendation released late Friday would allow development on less than 10 acres of the 401 acre property, essentially killing the project which proposed using approximately 70 acres for homes and commercial uses and permanently preserving about 300 acres for natural open space, hiking and biking trials, and nature and Native American educational programming.