Coastal Commission Votes Down Controversial Banning Ranch Development in Newport Beach

After a marathon day of testimony, California coastal commissioners voted to deny a controversial proposal to develop one of the largest open private parcels of land on the Southern California coast.

The 9-1 vote came at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, more than 11 hours after the hearing started. The proposed development called for construction of 895 homes, a hotel and shops on an Orange County oil field overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The denial was more an expression of frustration with competing staff and developer proposals for Newport Banning Ranch than an outright rejection of the project.

“I don’t think if we support denial today that’s the end of this project,” commission Vice Chairwoman Dayna Bochco said before the vote.

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