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SAN JOSE-The city of Salinas will dismiss a lawsuit against the city of San Jose that challenged San Jose’s environmental approval of the Coyote Valley Research Park project.

In October of last year, the Coyote Valley Research Park’s campus plan was approved by the city of San Jose. Salinas subsequently filed a lawsuit under the California Environmental Quality Act.

An agreement was reached this week under which the city of Salinas will dismiss its lawsuit and support the corporate campus project. The city will also assist the settlement of litigation filed by the association of Monterey Bay Area Governments and has agreed not to file further lawsuits against the corporate park.

The city of San Jose, park developers and anchor tenant Cisco Systems agreed to address various housing, transportation and education concerns raised by Salinas in connection with the lawsuit. CVRP and Cisco’s obligations under the agreement will arise when the campus is developed.

“We are pleased with the results of our joint efforts,” says Salinas Mayor Anna Caballero. “We now have a model to further regional cooperation and begin addressing critical regional issues such as housing and transportation.”

San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales agreed, saying that the negotiation has produced solutions that will strengthen San Jose’s economy with good jobs, as well as ensure housing for residents and bring the city closer to reaching transportation goals.

Under the litigation settlement, the research park’s campus development will be limited to a maximum of 5 million sf until the city of San Jose either approves building permits for 2,000-3,000 housing units within the campus’; vicinity, commences the process for preparing a specific plan for housing in the Central Coyote Urban Reserve, or issues building permits for 2,000 housing units within a 10-mile radius of the campus.

CVRP, upon the park’s completion, will provide funding to hire a transportation consultant to address regional transportation issues. In addition, CVRP has agreed to contribute funds up to $1 million on a matching basis if the Monterey county region can match the funds locally.

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