Sala IV rejects Catalinas claims, managing partner reports

The Sala IV has dismissed a case against the Las Catalinas development in Guanacaste, according to managing partner Charles Brewer, who posted the news to the internet.

Brewer said that he and his associates have not yet seen the full resolution but gathered the news from the judicial Web site.

The court appeal was brought by Robert Campbell, a retired U.S. resident of the area, and the Confraternidad Guanacasteca, represented by Luis Carlos Sánchez Herrera.

The project is owned by Catalinas Properties Holding Ltda., which plans 2,500 luxury villas on 79 hectares. The opponents of the project announced in early August that they had been instrumental in freezing construction.

The opponents argued that developers are cutting many trees and that this will cause erosion and damage. In addition they questioned what they claim is an irregular approval of nine wells that would provide water to the project. They also say that the paperwork for the project is not complete.

Governmental agencies also were named in the case. They are the Área de Conservación Tempisque, the Dirección de Aguas of the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía, the Municipalidad de Santa Cruz and the Secretaría Técnica Nacional Ambiental.

The property is near Playa Danta and Dantita in both Santa Cruz and Carrillo.

Brewer in his post expressed gratitude to his staff and advisers who brought relevant facts to the attention of the court and also government agencies he said were required to produce detailed testimony and evidence during this process and have done so in a timely and accurate manner.

He also said that prospective buyers of property there have stuck with the management through the legal process.

Brewer said that his firm is committed to have a positive influence on Costa Rica.

“We are championing a healthy alternative to urban sprawl by showing how wonderful and successful a well-planned and beautiful walkable town can be,” said Brewer. “I think we can change the development paradigm in Guanacaste and maybe the whole country for the better. I hope that in 50 or a 100 years when people come to Guanacaste they will find a series of beautiful, prosperous walkable towns, each surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape — not a landscape of urban sprawl. I think Las Catalinas’ example can go a long way towards making that happen. The environmental and social benefits would be huge.”

The project also includes plans for a hotel.

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