Navy Broadway Complex developer Doug Manchester filed suit in U.S. District Court today against the California Coastal Commission, arguing that the commission’s legislative authority doesn’t extend to the 14-acre property because it sits on federally owned land.

Manchester filed the suit after the commission said the project required a coastal development permit. The developer had previously asked the commission to withdraw his application to redevelop the waterfront site, saying he believed the panel’s 1991 approval of the project was sufficient.

The state disputes that. In October, Coastal Commission Executive Director Peter Douglas told the Navy, which owns the land, that the redevelopment project must be reviewed by the state agency again because of increased traffic in the area and Manchester’s decision to include condo-hotels in the project.

The state will meet Manchester in court Aug. 17.


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