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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Exxon-Mobil and Shell Oil Have Condos planned for OC Coast...

Competing Visions for Orange County's Largest Unprotected Coastal Wetland

The Newport Banning Ranch Project (Project) proposes the development of up to
1,375 residential dwelling units, 75,000 square feet of commercial uses, and 75 overnight resort
accommodations on a Project site of approximately 401 acres.

The Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a large development at Banning Ranch in Newport Beach was released March 16, 2009.

Banning Ranch is the last large privately owned parcel of coastal open space remaining in Orange County.

It is USFWS-declared critical habitat for the California gnatcatcher and San Diego Fairy Shrimp, as well as habitat for the largest remaining population of Cactus Wrens in coastal Orange County.

The release of the NOP is a road we have not crossed before in our ten year effort to preserve the entire Banning Ranch as open space.

While we have some "open space veterans" in our effort, many of us are new to NOPs. We have 30 days to submit comments

Please give us some general guidelines in navigating this critical step. Tactics and strategies would be greatly appreciated.

If you would also, please review the entire development application with all its appendices and studies and give us specific advice on what to submit (or submit your own comments). This can be viewed by going to the Newport Beach website:

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