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COMPLAINT FILED BY COACHELLA VALLEY RECREATION & PARK DISTRICT

 COMPLAINT FILED BY COACHELLA VALLEY RECREATION & PARK DISTRICT
 PHOENIX, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Del Webb Corp. (NYSE: WBB) today announced that the Coachella Valley Recreation and Park District (CVRPD) has filed a lawsuit against the Riverside County Board of Supervisors involving Webb's newest active adult community, Sun City Palm Springs, Calif. The suit alleges that the supervisors did not follow appropriate procedures in determining fees to be paid by Del Webb to the CVRPD.
 With all large residential developments in California, numerous governmental approvals are required throughout development. Del Webb received the primary government approvals necessary to begin development, broke ground in October 1991 and plans to deliver the first homes at Sun City Palm Springs in the fall of 1992.
 One of these approvals was the September 1991 adoption by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors of the Specific Plan for Sun City Palm Springs. The specific plan provided for Del Webb to pay $250,000 to the CVRPD, as its fee for the life of the project.
 Among other things, approvals of tentative tract maps covering each portion of the property as it is developed are also required. In January 1992 Del Webb received tentative tract map approval for the first 637 homes, and began marketing efforts shortly thereafter.
 The CVRPD's lawsuit does not challenge the adoption of the specific plan. Instead, it contends that the fees paid to it must be determined not in the specific plan but at the tentative tract map approval stage. The CVRPD's complaint also contends that the fees it should receive could be as great as $5 million over the eight-12 year life of the project. To that end, the CVRPD's complaint seeks to vacate the first approvals of the tentative tract maps, and in connection with reconsideration of the tentative tract maps, a new determination of CVRPD fees.
 Frank D. Pankratz, senior vice president and general manager of Sun City Palm Springs, said the Parks District is upset because the Board of Supervisors decided to award the CVRPD less than it sought. "We believe that because we are developing approximately 450 acres of improved park and recreation areas in Sun City Palm Springs, the $250,000 fee imposed by the supervisors was appropriate. Litigation challenging tract map approvals can cause lengthy delays which could materially and adversely affect the project, even though the underlying issue is fees, not the continued development of Sun City Palm Springs, which the Parks District is on record as supporting," he said.
 "We have been advised by our lawyers that there are meritorious defenses to this action, and we intend to assert them vigorously. Since a hearing is scheduled for March 11, 1992 in Riverside County Superior Court on this matter, we are hopeful of a swift resolution at the trial court level," Pankratz said.
 Del Webb Corp. is the nation's leading developer of active adult communities with projects in the Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz., Las Vegas and Palm Springs metropolitan areas.
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 /CONTACT: Ken Plonski of Del Webb, 602-468-6871 (office) or 602-972-1210 (home)/
 (WBB) CO: Del Webb Corp. ST: Arizona, California IN: CST SU:


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