By BLEYS W. ROSE, Press Democrat Staff Writer
Armed with a California appellate court decision in their favor, develops of a luxury resort near Kenwood plan on starting construction in the Spring.
Last week, the state's 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a lawsuit filed by the Valley of the Moon Alliance failed to demonstrate that Sonoma County's environmental review was inadequate. The alliance had contended the county's traffic studies were inadequate, its water supply projections were off base and alternatives were ignored.
Les Perry, attorney for Auberge Resorts, based in Mill Valley, said the company plans to start site work immediately.
Since the alliance filed its lawsuit in December 2004, Perry said Auberge has sought approval for its site grading and engineering plans and permits from Caltrans for creation of turn lanes.
Auberge plans a $30 million project that includes a 50-room inn, spa restaurant, winery and 11 homes on the Graywood Ranch on Highway 12 near Kenwood.