BANNING RANCH HEARING IN SANTA MONICA, MARCH 2016!
The Banning Ranch permit hearing will be held March 9-11, 2016, in Santa Monica at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, East Wing. This hearing will determine the fate of the Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas, the wildlife and the land itself. Please mark your calendars! And sign up for transportation to the hearing!
The exact date has not yet been determined, but we will post that information here as soon it's available.
The hearing process so far has been very educational and has further convinced us that the best possible use of land is open space. With residential and commercial development of the land there is simply too much destruction to the Ranch’s irreplaceable natural resources. Over the decades, Banning Ranch has, on its own and against overwhelming odds, evolved into a rare and intricate ecosystem and wildlife refuge.
Nature won the battle. Let’s not destroy Nature’s gains in 2016. Let’s celebrate them!
Please join us in March at the Banning Ranch hearing. It’s essential that we show up in force, united in our message to the commissioners: We are the public they serve—and we want the last large unprotected coastal open space in Orange County to become protected coastal open space!
Let’s fight for every cubic inch of Banning Ranch that we can save in March!!!!!!!
Our goal is to double the attendance in Long Beach and that was a spectacular turnout. Our thanks to everyone who made the trip. It made a huge difference to have the public there in the hundreds! Believe me, the commissioners took note. For March, we need a massive turnout and we need to be there for the commissioners' deliberation. We've learned that it's imperative we be there when the decisions are being made. So, plan to go later in the day and stay a little later. But don't worry, you will be well fed and cared for. We will be providing snacks and dinner for the bus riders.
Thanks for your help and support. We can't win this battle without you!
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A message of thanks to our supporters…
This has been a tumultuous year for all of us dedicated to saving Banning Ranch as open space. We’ve hit plenty of roadblocks, but we’ve also made great strides toward our goal, including the Coastal Commission enforcement hearing in March, which required NBR (the developers) to stop their excessive mowing and destruction of ESHA, and the California Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to hear our lawsuit against the City of Newport Beach. But most gratifying of all was the army of supporters who came forward to stand with us at the October 7 hearing.
You did us proud! If you haven’t seen the picture on our Facebook page, please take a look at how great we look with our green and blue signs!
Without a doubt, the Conservancy has the most steadfast, tireless and determined supporters any group could wish for. Your loyalty—and your timely contributions to our Matching Challenge—helped us coordinate a huge outreach effort to inform residents and bring volunteers to our cause, culminating in the Coastal Commission hearing on October 7th.
We packed the hearing room with our supporters. The sea of signs and waving hands was inspiring to us and greatly impressed the Coastal Commissioners, along with the expert witnesses who testified on our behalf. None of this could have been accomplished without you.
At the hearing, the Coastal Commission made it clear that the development proposal for Banning Ranch was unacceptable. NBR is now required to sit down with Coastal Commission staff and members of the Banning Ranch Conservancy to devise a significantly reduced development footprint that will meet the requirements of the Coastal Act – and come back to the January Coastal Commission hearing in San Diego with an acceptable plan.
This is not over. Really, it’s just begun. There is so much more to do, starting with another huge turnout at the January hearing. Our petition is still active and we’d love several thousand more signatures for the hearing. We’d also love an even larger crowd to convince the commissioners that we’re serious, we’re strong—and we’re standing our ground.
We’ve said it before. We’ll say it again. You are the best part of the Banning Ranch Conservancy.
Thank you for everything you do!
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NBR Settlement Agreement. On Thursday, March 12, at the California Coastal Commission Enforcement Hearing in Chula Vista, Newport Banning Ranch LLC (NBR), the developer, and the California Coastal Commission reached an agreement regarding the developer's alleged Coastal Act violations. The agreement requires NBR to permanently halt the mowing and clearing of habitat, other than for fire prevention measures required by the Orange County Fire Authority. They have also agreed to remove or seek permits for over 40 oil wells that were drilled and operated without development permits.
The Conservancy's VISION PLAN can now be accessed online. Please click here to see our VISION PLAN.
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