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Marina, CA

Marina, CA: (Jul-27-07) Save Our Peninsula, an environmental protection group filed suit against the city of Marina, alleging that traffic generated by Cypress Knolls and other projects in the city's Fort Ord area, caused environmental damage and contamination. The Cypress Knolls senior subdivision planned to build several projects before Save Our Peninsula filed suit in December 2006, challenging the environmental analysis of the projects. The suit claimed that the project's environmental impact report did not properly address traffic, water, air quality and noise issues. In a settlement reached, the City Council gave preliminary approval to a modified development-fee program that provides long-term financing for roadways, parks, public buildings and other city facilities. The city also agreed to make changes in its program to finance road improvements to handle traffic generated by Cypress Knolls and other projects.

As part of the settlement, three road projects including widening Imjin Parkway to six lanes and building a new interchange at Highway 1 and Imjin Parkway were added to the program because of new environmental reviews and litigation. The changes added $25 million to the projected costs of various road projects in the Fort Ord area. The settlement calls for environmentally friendly construction techniques in Cypress Knolls, including the use of solar facilities and low-energy lighting. Under the settlement, Cypress Knolls agreed to pay $100,000 to Save Our Peninsula for attorney's fees and costs. [MONTEREY HERALD: PROJECT TRAFFIC]

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Published on Jul-30-07


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