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Judge clears way for new park in western Newport Beach

A judge has ruled in favor of Newport Beach, allowing the city to move ahead with plans to develop Sunset Ridge Park, according to a court document.

In an April 2010 lawsuit filed against the city, Banning Ranch Conservancy alleged that the environmental impact report filed by the city before beginning construction on the site was inadequate and done piecemeal rather than assessing the impact on the area as a whole, according to the court document released Thursday.

The conservancy is an environmental group opposed to the development of the land adjacent to the property acquired by the city on West Coast Highway near Superior Avenue.

Mike Johnson, who is on the board of directors for the West Newport Beach Assn. and has been advocating for the development, was very happy. "It's long overdue. We're short on activity parks west of the bay," he said.

Read the full Daily Pilot story here.

-- Lauren Williams, Daily Pilot / Times Community News

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