Encinitas, developer settle lawsuits
By: ADAM KAYE - Staff Writer
ENCINITAS ---- Encinitas and Barratt American Inc. have settled two lawsuits brought by the Carlsbad-based home builder, officials for both sides said Wednesday.
The developer sued Encinitas in 2000 and again this year, claiming that the fees Encinitas charges for issuing building permits and reviewing plans exceed what the city pays to provide those services.
As part of the settlement, both sides agreed to cover their own legal fees and to confer before the next fee increase.
"This is a validation that the city's fee structure is reasonable and that, as a result, Barratt dropped their lawsuits," said City Councilman Jerome Stocks.
The City Council approved increases to building-permit and plan-check fees last December. The adjustment was Encinitas' first in 11 years and brought increases ranging from 13 percent to 52 percent.
In June, Barratt filed the second of its two lawsuits in Superior Court. The lawsuit alleged that Encinitas' approval of a revised fee schedule would result "in a massive and unjustified increase in the fees for building permits and plan reviews."
The lawsuit asked the court to overturn the City Council's approval of the revised fee schedule.
Encinitas' fees are at about the midpoint of those charged by other cities in the region, city officials say.
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Barratt Finishes Record Year
Barratt American, a Carlsbad-based residential builder, on Aug. 1 reported record high revenue of more than $378.6 million for the fiscal year ended June 30.
The figure includes $361.1 million on sales of 598 homes, up from 431 homes sold in fiscal 2005, and land sales valued at $17.5 million, according to Michael D. Pattinson, the firmÂs president and chief executive officer.
The average home-sale price was $603,965, ranging from products in the high $200,000s to luxury residences priced around $2 million.
San Diego Business Journal online story.
Barratt American CEO Michael D. Pattinson writes an entertaining twice monthly column for the North County Times. His controversial columns include strange bi-polar mood swings from hubristic bully to whiny little girl, often in the same paragraph.