Sala IV raps Osa on zoning and voids some concessions

The Sala IV constitutional court has voided certain maritime zone concessions in the canton of Osa because the municipality may have included protected forests and mangroves in the agreement.

That was reported last Friday by the Poder Judicial. The court also ordered the municipality to abstain from similar acts.

The court decision is believed in response to an appeal targeting the Crocodile Bay resort and its plans for a marine at the southeastern tip of the Osa Peninsula. The resort and locals who oppose the plan have been in and out of the constitutional court this year.

This latest decision finds the plan regulador or zoning plan of the municipality to be faulty and does not directly mention any developments.

Crocodile Bay is planned to sit on 44 acres and include 80 villas that range from one to three bedrooms with from 1,000 to 2,300 square feet, a 100-slip full service marina and a 74-room hotel.  It is projected to bring between 800 and 1,200 jobs to the area, the firm has said.

The dispute over the project has been going on for about 14 years. The only mangrove in that section of the Osa peninsula is at the mouth of a local river where the resort plans its marina.

A.M. Costa Rica outlines the opposing sides of the disputeHERE!

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