A San Diego U.S. District court judge today ruled that the U.S. Department of Defense did not sufficiently involve the public when it made its environmental assessment of Doug Manchester’s proposed development of the Navy Broadway Complex.

The ruling by Judge Jeffrey T. Miller means that the development partners will have to re-open the project’s environmental assessment to public comment, a victory for San Diego Navy Broadway Complex Coalition, a group of activists who sued the Defense Dept. and Manchester in 2006.

“I am extremely happy,” said Ian Trowbridge, one of the activist group’s leaders. “With this case, the appeals court drew very bright line as to what is sufficient and what isn’t when it comes to environmental assessment. And the Navy didn’t come close.”


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