A Utah Supreme Court staffer Tuesday debunked rumors the court has reached a decision in a case brought by a coalition of South Jordan residents against city officials.
There has been no decision handed down yet, she said, and the case is still being reviewed by high court justices.The court received a number of calls on Monday asking for copies of the purported ruling or a verbal confirmation of its con-tent.
Of most concern, said the court worker, were erroneous reports that the nonexistent ruling had favored one side in the dispute over the other.
A group calling itself SOS (for Save Open Space) petitioned the Supreme Court for extraordinary relief from a Feb. 10 council decision to reject their application to circulate a referendum petition.
The coalition hoped to get enough signatures to overturn a Dec. 16 council decision that gave developer Gerald Anderson a 120-day zoning extension on property west of the Jordan River and south of 10600 South. Anderson plans to construct an office complex on 85 acres of land.
Council members rejected both the referendum petition and an initiative petition seeking to compel city officials to rezone the ground back to agricultural and open space use.
Acting on the advice of city attorney Mike Mazuran, the council agreed the referendum petition had not been submitted by the deadline specified in state law. The council also cited a state statute indicating referendums cannot be used to challenge individual zoning decisions.
SOS appealed the council decision to the high court, arguing the city had misinterpreted the time requirement and contending referendums can be used to challenge major land-use decisions that change a community's character.
Justices heard those arguments on April 7 and took the case under advisement.