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On Thursday, by an 8-1 vote, The California Coastal Commission said no a second time to a development on Banning Ranch. Thursday’s vote codified the Commission’s reasoning behind their 9-1 denial of the project at the September 7, 2016 hearing. Commissioner Uranga, who voted to approve the project at the September hearing, was not included in the vote.  

Thursday’s vote is a procedural one that locks in the original September denial of the controversial project.  But, despite this good news, our work is not done. Not only have the developers filed a lawsuit against the Commission that disputes the panel’s denial, they have vowed to continue their fight to put a massive project on Banning Ranch, which is the only remaining unprotected open space in all of Orange County.

So, the David vs Goliath battle goes on, but stay strong and committed, Everyone. Goliath may be huge and well-financed, but our cause is good.  We have heart and spirit—and Mother Nature on our side!  

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BRC makes their case at the California Supreme Court! 

Banning Ranch is the largest parcel of unprotected coastal open space remaining in Southern California. It’s an invaluable wildlife resource, habitat for many species of native plants and animals.  It’s also a valuable resource for humans.

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, the Banning Ranch Conservancy’s petition against the City of Newport Beach’s approval of the development project was heard by the California Supreme Court in San Francisco.  The Court agrees to hear less than 2% of all petitions they receive.  They thought ours was important enough to fast-track it.  Learn more about the case on our News page.

We still urgently need funds to cover the expense of arguing our case in front of the Supreme Court. Can you make a donation of $50, $100, or whatever you can afford, to help cover costs of the Conservancy's petition against the City of Newport Beach and the development project?

California leads the western states in open space lost to development.  The outcome of this court case will affect development not just at Banning Ranch but all over California

Please donate as generously as you can.  This is your opportunity to help save some of the last remaining coastal open space in Southern California. When it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

Please click here to make your donation now, or write a check to the Banning Ranch Conservancy at P.O. Box 15333, Newport Beach, CA 92659.  No administrative costs will be deducted, as we are an all-volunteer group. Every dollar you donate is strategically spent and deeply appreciated.

We can’t do it without you.  

The Banning Ranch Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the effort to preserve, acquire, conserve and manage Banning Ranch as a permanent public open space, park and coastal nature reserve. Our Tax ID number is 26-2803100. All gifts of any size are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Thank you for helping to Save Banning Ranch!

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Coastal Commission Denies Banning Ranch Project

At the Wednesday, September 7 Coastal Commission hearing, the commissioners voted 9 to 1 to deny the 895-home Banning Ranch development project.

A million thanks to everyone who helped prepare for the hearing and who attended the hearing. We said we couldn't win this battle without you and we meant it! Your dedication and determination made the day! And quite a day it was, with many highlights, including a real live Burrowing Owl, a service raptor brought by Sea and Sage Audubon.  

We will keep you posted as things unfold, but for now, take a well-deserved break!

You can read more about the Commission's decision here.

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The Conservancy's VISION PLAN can now be accessed online.  Please click here to see our VISION PLAN.     

The BRC needs volunteers.  If you have experience with Wordpress websites, please contact Suzanne Forster at 949 650-8806.  We need volunteers to help with site design and content.  If you have experience with Quickbooks for Nonprofits or would like to help out at a BRC Event or with our fundraising efforts, Suzanne would love to hear from you as well.   


Some of the habitat and wildlife photographs on this web site are courtesy of Nature Commission.

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