Save The Hill Group filed the notice of a lawsuit on May 22. The lawsuit would force an environmental review of the Garaventa Hills development. The next day, earth moving equipment appeared on the hill where the development would be built and began performing excavation and ground disturbing activities.

The city Planning Department immediately stopped the work. The developer, Lafferty Communities, did not have the required permits to begin any work.

If it is determined that the environmental review of the project was inadequate, the requirements to mitigate the development should be reviewed to determine if they are strong enough.

At the very least, we believe that the city should levy a fine on the developer for beginning work without a permit.