PALOS VERDES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Donald Trump says he’s abandoning plans to build luxury homes on the driving range of his 18-hole seaside golf course in Los Angeles County.

The real estate mogul on Thursday announced he’s granting a conservation easement to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Trump says residents over the years have urged him to keep the 11-acre driving range overlooking the Pacific undeveloped.

Trump was joined for the announcement by Mayor Jim Knight and members of the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council and community leaders.

The land at the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles will continue to be used as a driving range, but the deal prohibits development.

Following his purchase of the course in 2002, Trump has had previous run-ins with the California Coastal Commission over the flying of an American flag at the 18-hole oceanfront golf resort after state officials claimed Trump had not taken the proper legal steps to keep it flying.

Commissioners ultimately decided to send the issue back to the city for an amendment that would allow the flagpole to remain.

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