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Developer settles two runoff lawsuits

By Sean Ryan

Regency Hills Development Corp. on Wednesday settled two state lawsuits charging the company with violating construction runoff permits on projects in Fredonia and Pleasant Prairie.

The Kenosha-based developer will pay a combined $230,000 to settle the two lawsuits, according to a Wisconsin Department of Justice announcement on Thursday.

The state on July 24 filed a lawsuit claiming Regency Hills violated its erosion-control permit on the 60-acre Village Green project in late 2006 and early 2007.

The company disturbed land on the property without taking steps to control erosion and runoff, resulting in sediment being washed into nearby wetlands, Sauk Creek and Fredonia Creek. The company will pay $30,000 in that settlement.

Regency Hills and its contractor, JJD Mastercraft Builders Inc., Kenosha, also settled a state lawsuit charging the companies with runoff violations at the Creekside Crossing project in Pleasant Prairie. Runoff from that site in 2005 washed sediment into Jerome Creek, according to the lawsuit.

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