The commission filed a civil petition last March in U.S.District Court, District of Columbia, to quash an Air Force planthat offered to give the county only 717 acres for the possiblesite of a mixed-use commercial development.

Earlier in the year in an administrative ruling, the Air Forcedeclared portions of the abandoned base as environmentallysensitive, thus thwarting a bid by the county to turn the propertyinto a commercial airport.

In May, a federal judge ruled against two petitions that soughtinjunctive relief against the Air Force administrative rule thatforbid the county from redeveloping the 1,800 acres. Judge Paul L.Friedman ruled neither the county nor the plaintiffs in a separatecase proved either would suffer irreparable harm if the courtdenied their petitions for injunctions.

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