The California Coastal Commission on Thursday voted down a housing project near the Bolsa Chica wetlands, putting a new wrinkle in a decade-long battle between the developer and environmentalists.
The ruling marks a significant victory for protectors of the wetlands, Councilwoman Connie Boardman said.
"I'm just really happy," said Boardman, who is also the president of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust. "I voted against the Shea project when I was on the council in 2002. I'm really glad the Coastal Commission has finally agreed with me."
The City Council originally approved Corona-based Shea Homes' 50-acre, 111-home project and related infrastructure, including roads and public access trails.
The development, slated to be located at 17301 Graham St. north of Wintersburg Channel, passed in a 4-3 vote in 2002.