Hatton Canyon Saved . . . Again
January 1, 2004
In 1991, the Club successfully challenged a proposed 4-lane highway through Hatton Canyon, east of Carmel, near the famous Big Sur coast. Despite the environmentalists' victory, the California Department of Transportation continued to push forward with the project. In 1997, the Club filed another lawsuit; this time challenging the "freeway agreement" between Caltrans and Monterey County. As a result of the environmental opposition, the highway project was eventually declared "dead," and the land was set aside by the California legislature for a state park. In 2002, a pro-highway group filed a lawsuit challenging the land transfer, and the Club intervened in the suit. On October 17, 2002, the California Court of Appeal upheld the land transfer and the designation of Hatton Canyon as a state park.
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