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I <br />B an11111g Ranch <br />Received After Agenda Printed <br />June 8, 2021 <br />Item No. SS2 <br />Officers: <br />June 3, 2021 <br />Terry Welsh, M.D. <br />To the City of Newport Beach <br />President <br />The Banning Ranch Conservancy (Conservancy) is a local 501(c)3 non-profit <br />Suzanne Forster <br />Vice -President <br />organization with the mission of conserving the Banning Ranch property as a <br />permanent public open space, park and coastal nature preserve. The Conservancy is <br />Deborah Koken <br />writing to the City of Newport Beach (City) concerning the City's attempts to meet its <br />Secretary <br />Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) numbers. This letter focuses on <br />Carol Lind <br />Banning Ranch. <br />Treasurer <br />The City has long prioritized the preservation of the entire Banning Ranch property as <br />Melanie ExecutSchlotive <br />Executive Director <br />Director <br />open space, as described in Land Use policy 3.4 in the 2006 General Plan amendment: <br />p p � p y <br />L U 3.4 <br />Banning Ranch: Prioritize the acquisition of Banning Ranch as an open <br />Board Members: <br />space amenity for the community and region, consolidating oil operations, <br />Diane Silvers, Ed.D. <br />enhancing wetland and other habitats, and providing parkland amenities to <br />serve nearby neighborhoods. <br />Rick Huffman <br />The last two years have seen tremendous progress towards the acquisition and <br />Paul Waggoner <br />preservation of the Banning Ranch property, including the incredibly generous $50 <br />Jan vandersloot, M.D. <br />million donation of Frank and Joann Randall. That gift, combined with the option <br />In Memoriam <br />agreement to acquire the property negotiated between the landowners (Newport <br />Banning Ranch, LLC or "NBR") and the national conservation nonprofit The Trust for <br />Public Land, along with very promising efforts to secure the remaining funds needed <br />to purchase the property, have finally brought us all to the doorstep of this decades - <br />Mailing Address: <br />long regional goal, as captured in Newport Beach's Land Use policy LU 3.4. <br />P.O. Box 15333 <br />Newport Beach, CA <br />It is realistic to expect an escrow closing date in 2022. <br />92659-5333 <br />This is a "once in a generation" opportunity to preserve the largest parcel of <br />unprotected coastal open space remaining in southern California, and we encourage <br />the entire community to continue to rally and offer whatever help they can to get <br />Phone: <br />across the finish line. <br />(714)719-2148 <br />We respectfully encourage the City of Newport Beach to look at locations other than <br />Banning Ranch to meet its RHNA goals. <br />E -Mail Address: <br />Sincerely, <br />info@Banning Ranch <br />��]_ , <br />Conservancy.org <br />" �� <br />Terry Welsh <br />President, Banning Ranch Conservancy <br />