Thursday, February 7, 2008

Stop the Toll Road


Coastal Commission Says No to Toll Road Extension Through State Park

The California Coastal Commission Wednesday night rejected extending an Orange County toll road through San Onofre State Beach Park and into San Diego County, heeding complaints that the extension would have destroyed a large area of environmentally sensitive habitat and wetland.

The 8-2 vote came about 11:20 p.m., more than 14 hours after the hearing began at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Supporters of extending the toll road, including the Transportation Corridor Agency Transportation which proposed it, have avenues of appeals.

In finding the proposed toll road extension inconsistent with state law, the commission heeded its staff's recommendations.

"This is the most significant project to come before this commission since the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in 1974," Peter M. Douglas, the commission's executive director, said at the start of the hearing. "It is most significant because of the large area of environmentally sensitive habitat, wetlands and other public resources it will destroy."

Douglas said the proposed toll road clearly fails to meet many policies that govern development along the coast.

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