A legal fight is brewing over Newport Banning Ranch in California, according to The Associated Press.

Developers have sued the California Coastal Commission for more than $490 million in damages for failing to approve a project that would have turned a 401-acre stretch of oil field overlooking the Pacific Ocean into a housing and retail development.

Originally, they wanted to develop 900 homes, a 75-room resort, commercial space, and a park.

The commission instead recommended a scaled-down version of the plan, saying the developers could build about half as many homes on bluffs farther from the ocean near Newport Beach, while leaving more room for burrowing owls and other rare species that live on the parcel.

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