WALNUT CREEK -- A carpenters union lawsuit against the city and an apartment developer has been settled.
Filed last year, the suit from Carpenters Local 152 claimed the city was wrong to give the Mill Creek Residential Trust's North Main Apartment project a California Environmental Quality Act exemption under the city's General Plan.
While a settlement has been reached, union attorney Richard Drury said that settlement is confidential. But because the city is a public agency, the settlement -- once filed -- will be a matter of public record, said Walnut Creek City Attorney Bryan Wenter.
"All parties have resolved their issues and the settlement agreement means that everyone can move forward," he said. That means the project as approved can commence.
While Wenter wouldn't discuss the agreement between Miller Creek and the union, for the city's part Walnut Creek leaders agreed to retain emails for seven months after a project is approved or denied. The current city policy did not consider emails "records" and were automatically deleted after 30 days, he said.
The lawsuit alleged that the 126-unit North Main Apartment project needed more environmental review, because it would bring with it an increase in traffic and air pollution.
In a 3-1 decision, with Mayor Pro Tem Kish Rajan voting no, the City Council in October 2011 approved the complex, to be built on the former Walnut Creek Motor Lodge site.