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Breaking News!

On Friday April 2 the Sierra Club filed suit against the County and the Cristallago developers, contending that the project approvals granted by a 3-2 voted of the Board of Supervisor on March 2 should be reversed for three reasons: inadequacy of the environmental review, untenable nature of the finding of overriding economic benefits, and -- the big one! -- the project's gross inconsistency with the Lake County General Plan.

Read the Sierra Club position paper for details.

Some other interesting reading materials:

*January 20 Sierra Club letter to the Board of Supervisors
*January 25 letter from Chuck Lamb and Holly Harris
* letters from Kevin Goodwin supporting the EIR appeal and opposing project approval
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Sierra Club appeal of the Cristallago EIR certification and report of that meeting
*January 21 letter from the developers and Sierra Club response

*45-page letter filed by the Sierra Club's lawyer
* Lake County News account of the Sept 22 PC meeting
* LCN account of the September 10 Planning Commission meeting

* Norm Ihle's September 3 LTE

* Ihle's letters to the Planning Commission and BOS (1 and 2)
* Judy Barnes response to the FEIR

* Sierra Club response to the FEIR
* Kevin Goodwin's response to the FEIR
* response to the FEIR by Chuck Lamb and Holly Harris

* LCN article detailing Boeger Development's financial problems

What is the connection between Provinsalia developer Dick Price (and the Mexican billionaire behind him) and Cristallago ?

 

 

The Cristallago project as originally conceived would put 1,000 houses, 200 time-share condominium units, an 18-hole golf course, and some commercial space on an 856 acre site north of Lakeport and west of Highway 29. It is intended to be an extremely high end subdivision, described by the developers as a "Destination Community" that will attract people with bulging wallets to Lake County.

On April 4, 2006 the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 (Ed Robey being the sole dissenter) to let Cristallago move ahead despite advice from planning staff that the project deviated from as many as three primary planning documents, that it had no assured source of water, and that part of the property was under Williamson Act protections, among other impediments.

The developers then revised their plans somewhat to increase the "resort" component and reduce the number of residential units: the application at present is for 975 total units, of which 650 will be residential. On March 2, 2010 the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to grant the General Plan amendments and other entitlements needed to allow it to move forward. Details.

Information on other Lakeport projects proposed by the Cristallago developers, including a scheme to build a luxury hotel on the Natural High site in Lakeport.