City to go to court over 2013 rezoning decision

City to go to court over 2013 rezoning decision
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

The city of Jonesboro will be in court this fall to defend a decision made three years ago.

This case stems from a 2013 rezoning denial on nearly 50 acres of land off of Lexee and Keely Roads.

Unico Bank requested the rezoning. According to their application with the city, they wanted to construct 217 multi-family units and 61 single-family homes.

At a city council meeting in 2013, nearly 300 people who lived in the area presented signatures against the rezoning.

In the end, 8 of the 12 council members voted the rezoning down. Ten of the same aldermen are still on the Jonesboro City Council today.

At Tuesday night's city council meeting, the city's legal counsel explained that the judge might rule that the council reconsider the rezoning.

"If in fact, the judge is going to order that, it might be in the best interest of both sides that we do that by agreement rather than have the court order it," Burt Newell said.

Earlier this year, the city went to court in a similar case. Circuit Court Judge John Fogleman ruled that the council acted arbitrarily and capriciously regarding a rezoning denial for a piece of property on Aggie Road.

Tuesday night, the city council decided that this case should go to court too. According to a letter mailed to the city of Jonesboro, that two-day, non-jury trial starts on October 27 at 9:30 a.m.

The council also discussed looking into the seven criteria considered for rezoning. They stated that the current criteria can sometimes work against them.

The council plans to discuss the criteria in detail when a new planning director is hired for the city of Jonesboro.

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