Attorneys deciding scope of Kings Beach lawsuit
November 18, 2008
KINGS BEACH ” Attorneys for both sides of the three-laning effort in Kings Beach are digging through paperwork in hopes of successfully defending their positions about the major change to the town’s core area.
In September, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the three-lane, roundabout alternative for traffic on the highway through Kings Beach’s commercial core.
Then in October, the King Beach Business and Citizens Alliance filed a lawsuit that claimed that the Board of Supervisors approved an environmental impact report that did not “adequately analyze or mitigate its numerous environmental impacts. Including impacts to air quality, traffic, noise, public safety and cumulative impacts.”
Now, Placer County attorneys and the Alliance’s attorney Don Mooney are going through many documents that could be relevant to the case.
“We are doing preliminary work to get ready so that the record is created and is launched with the court,” said Valerie Flood, Supervising Deputy County Counsel for Placer County said. “We’re at the very beginning. This is the housekeeping stage. Then the real briefing starts.”
The lawsuit contends that the project approved by Placer County in September did not adequately state the possible negative affects the project would have on the surrounding neighborhood.
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“We don’t think they did an adequate analysis of the affects on the nearby neighborhoods,” Mooney said. “(They took) what they thought of as impacts and shifted it to another part of town and said ‘oh well.'”
Flood said she was confident about the County’s position on the lawsuit.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is delaying is reconsideration of its June vote against the three-lane alternative until this lawsuit is resolved, Spokesman Dennis Oliver said.
“It makes more sense for us to wait and see if Placer County and those parties in the litigation can work out their differences,” Oliver said.
The Washoe County Board of Commissioners also had a discussion Tuesday night about the roads, as per Commissioner Jim Galloway’s request.
“This is informative for the commissioners so we don’t have an information gap,” Galloway said. Galloway is nearing the end of his term on the commission and on the TRPA.