Town files ‘friend of the court’ brief in Martis Valley lawsuit
August 6, 2004
The Town of Truckee will submit a legal brief in the lawsuit against Placer County’s Martis Valley Community Plan, asking the judge to recognize the town’s concerns over traffic and affordable housing impacts.The judge presiding over the lawsuit will decide whether the brief will be accepted by the court. An amicus curiae brief, Latin for “friend of the court,” will not make the town a party to the case, but will inform the court of the town’s “unique perspective that the court ought to consider,” said Town Attorney Dennis Crabb. Town Manager Steve Wright said that the brief will repeat the concerns of affordable housing and traffic that have been present in the numerous comment letters to Placer County on Martis Valley development. The town will also identify itself as a jurisdiction that will be affected by the outcome of the case. “We’re not going to be saying anything that we haven’t already said,” Wright said. The Martis Valley Community Plan, which allows for more than 6,000 new homes in the Martis Valley, was approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors in December, but several environmental groups – headed by Nevada City-based Sierra Watch – filed litigation against the plan they say is “a nightmare of traffic, pavement and smog.