“The battle over a big-box store in North Auburn may just be heating up as the city alludes to possible legal action on the horizon,” as the Auburn Journal is reporting.
“While the future of the proposed North Auburn Costco seems more certain than ever, Auburn’s city leaders are planning a private pow-wow to discuss how to stop the controversial project and others like it.
“Mayor Keith Nesbitt gave a nod to upcoming closed-session talks with City Attorney Michael Colantuono about the city’s legal footing in opposition of the Costco project.
“Though Nesbitt would not go into specifics on city strategy, he would say a proverbial game of chess was just beginning.
‘“The chess match hasn’t started yet,’ he said.
“Colantuono said the city’s lawsuit leverage lies in the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.
“In a March 11 letter to Placer County’s legal counsel, Gerry Carden, Colantuono outlines city concerns over inadequate environmental impact reports (EIR) and “significant environmental, social, economic and other impacts …”
“’We continue to believe that the county violates the law,’ Colantuono said.
“Colantuono said the county counsel’s office did not respond to the letter.
“For Nesbitt, concerns fall to not only Costco and the impact it will have on smaller businesses in the area, but to the far-reaching impacts of other retailers following suit into the surrounding county lands.
“’Costco is not over yet, let’s just put it that way,’ the mayor said. ‘This isn’t just about Costco; it’s about all the stores that follow them around.'”
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