by Lisa Frye
June 26, 2008
On Thursday, June 5, the Stay Inside the Fence Committee delivered 2,069 Middletown voter signatures for a referendum petition drive to the city of Middletown to overturn the May 6 legislative decision to rezone the Martin farmland to industrial (use). The next day, The Journal reported that the city announced it would re-do the process and start over from the beginning, thereby avoiding the cost of a lawsuit battle pending in the courts on the same issue. Although the city stated that they did nothing wrong in the re-zoning process, they willingly decided to re-do it. When was the last time the city has re-done legislation immediately after it was passed?
So, if they truly had followed the proper legal process in the re-zoning of this land, why are they afraid to answer questions in court regarding it? Moreover, if it was truly such an "emergency" (the way in which it was passed originally), what makes it not an emergency now that they are willing to re-do the entire process? And lastly, did our submission of petitions a few hours before they made the announcement to re-do the process impact their decision?
Retirement community claims Middletown failed to follow procedure in rezoning approval for site of proposed $340M coke plant.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
MIDDLETOWN — Garden Manor Retirement Village has filed a lawsuit against the city of Middletown, claiming City Council and the planning commission failed to follow proper procedure in approving the rezoning of 157 acres that would be the site of a new $340 million coke making and heat recovery plant.
The suit filed Tuesday, May 13, in Butler County Common Pleas Court seeks to restrain the city from further action related to the site.