Lawsuit challenges Petaluma Target project
Published: Friday, March 12, 2010 at 6:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 at 6:03 p.m.
Foes of Petaluma’s Target shopping center have filed a lawsuit challenging the project, alleging the city’s approval violated California environmental law.
“The proposed project will have devastating impacts on our streets, swim center, skateboard park and nearby neighborhoods,” said Paul Francis, co-founder of the Petaluma Neighborhood Association.
The lawsuit was brought by a coalition including the neighborhood association, Petaluma River Council, Petaluma Tomorrow and OWL Foundation.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in Sonoma County Superior Court seeks a court order setting aside the city’s approval and environmental impact report on the 34-acre development, called East Washington Place. It is located at East Washington Street and Highway 101, on the former site of Kenilworth Junior High School.
Petaluma planning commissioners are scheduled to give the project final review later this month.
Officials from the city and Florida-based Regency Centers couldn’t be reached for comment late Friday.
“We filed this suit because the city’s approval of the EIR and project plan did not follow the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act,” Francis said in a prepared statement.
“The design and implementation of this project makes a mockery of our recently updated General Plan,” said Matt Maguire, a former city councilman and member of the citizen group.
Regency filed suit against the city in January, alleging Petaluma unduly delayed the project.
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