I don't know if this has already been posted, so here it is again if someone beat me to it.
Orange County Register said:LAGUNA BEACH Developers behind the Montage Resort have scrapped a controversial plan to expand a nine-hole golf course into a county-owned wilderness park.
The Athens Group has prepared a new pitch since last year, when it met with public and political opposition.
It will unveil a concept Wednesday to develop the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course and the neighboring 227-acre Driftwood Estates property.
But the 18-hole course and any plans to encroach on the protected wilderness park are off, Athens officials told 60 neighbors at an invitation-only meeting Monday.
The meeting came after months of outreach by Athens to get the opinions of environmental groups and neighbors, said Joan Gladstone, Athens spokeswoman.
Some at the meeting said few details were given about the Driftwood property and even less was said about the inn.
"I was disappointed they weren't going to talk about the rest," said attendee Bill Rihn, president of the South Laguna Civic Association. "It's all up in the air. We'll still have to wait to find out."
A previous owner's plan approved for Driftwood Estates called for 11 homes on 11 acres, with the remaining land dedicated to open space. That plan expires next week, and Athens won't seek to renew it.
Gladstone said Athens won't propose residential development beyond the 11 acres. The new proposal, including the inn, will dedicate at least as much open space, she said.
Exactly what that will look like is left to the imagination - at least until next week.
"We're going to have to see what we're going to be approved for. It's very much open for discussion," Gladstone said.