The lawsuit filed by the development firm Pacific Peninsula Group against the town of Atherton is still active, after the City Council apparently declined to finalize a mediated settlement agreement when it met Wednesday (March 16) night in closed session.
Terms of the proposed settlement are confidential.
The open-session council agenda listed approval of a settlement -- allowing the council to vote on the proposed agreement in public. But the item was pulled from the agenda at the beginning of the open session, an indication that the council didn't accept the mediated terms when it met behind closed doors.
Pacific Peninsula sued the town to recover nearly $300,000 in road-impact fees it claims it was charged illegally.
In 2010, the council approved refunds of a portion of road-impact fees paid by builders before the town discontinued the fee in late 2009 due to controversy about its legality. Pacific Peninsula, a major builder in the town, sued to force the town to refund the fees it paid in their entirety.