Prior to Tuesday’s decision Laura March, the attorney for the property owners who wanted to sell the land, said rejection could lead to possible litigation.
Following intense objections of residents in several surrounding neighborhoods the council decided by a 4-0 vote to deny the request to rezone the property from residential to commercial. Councilman Travis Chance was not at Tuesday’s meeting.
Last week the council’s meeting packet included a resolution denying the request. It read, in part, “by maintaining the current R-15 (residential) zoning…owners of these parcels do not suffer a significant harm which is not substantially related to the public health, safety, morality and welfare.
“The current R-15 zoning continues to allow the owners the benefits of a robust student housing market while maintaining the character, integrity and property values of a well-established residential neighborhood. As such, the requests to amend the zoning map … are hereby DENIED.”
Tuesday’s decision followed a month of arguments from the parcel owners and representatives of the surrounding neighborhoods presented to the city council.