Jordan sues Draper over zoning

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  • Urban Planner
    May 23, 2008 4:22 p.m.

    According to Utah State Law (LUDMA)10-9a-205,502,503:
    Draper City cannot consider a zoning change or land use amendment without first having a public hearing held by the planning commission with a minimum 10 day notice (Draper City may have a greater notice time).
    Then, the city council would have to hold a public meeting that is noticed a minimum 10 days (Draper City may have a greater notice time).
    Also, the city may approve deny or amend any zoning change or amendment that comes to them despite the recommendation of the planning commission.
    Finally rezoning cannot be considered a taking. If property is down-zoned within a municipality that does not allow for the property owner to sue for loss of property value. They may be able to sue for other reasons but, not because the property has less worth as a result of a zone change. Without all the facts however who is to say who is in the wrong. Regardless our tax dollars and especially education dollars should not be used on lawsuits.

  • Blie
    May 20, 2008 10:59 a.m.

    Thats right Jordan School District admin and board keep sueing and spending our tax dollars that need to go to kids. Get your heads on straight and quit ticking people off

  • Red Smith
    May 19, 2008 8:26 p.m.

    Developers get this treatment all day long and take it.

    What makes the District so special?

    Pretty funny to see two government entities doing the public's work sue each other over how best to protect and serve the public.

  • To Rochelle
    May 18, 2008 3:09 p.m.

    Rochelle If you have this documenttion please please bring it forward. I would love to see the JSD get it put back on them. Our children is our first concern, not these high paid pin heads

  • to Rochelle D
    May 18, 2008 12:45 p.m.

    The district is spending additional money on the lawsuit. You yourself already said they have several law firms they work with. They simply use them for this lawsuit.

    If you truly have the documentation, then sue. You should have your day in court if what you said is true.

  • Georgina
    May 18, 2008 12:31 p.m.

    I would hate to think the Jordan School District would refuse to build a school and rather file a lawsuit. I think they need to be more accountable to the taxpayers. Who is in charge of this mess. There is too much going on with the district spitting and now lawsuits. What about the kids and the valuable employee they are dishonoring. Providing false documuntation against special education children should be a crime.

  • Anom
    May 18, 2008 10:53 a.m.

    Good Points Rochelle maybe now that these districts are spitting there will be some accountability. Perhaps the administration from the old district will come tumbling down when a west side district is not so powerful and they will be knocked off their hight horse. I would love to see how much they spend annually in lawyer fees.

  • Rochelle D.
    May 18, 2008 6:18 a.m.

    1. The Jordan School District got a bond measure passed by promising to build a school. They refuse to build the school(preferring to file this lawsuit), but kept the money.

    2. Where do you think the money to pay for this lawsuit will come from? It comes out of education funds meant to go into classrooms.

    3. How much money does the district spend on attorneys annually? How many people know that they utilize multiple high-priced law firms to avoid their obligations? You wouldn't believe the levels they stoop to in special education cases(including fabricating falsedocumentation, purging accurate documentation and misusing public agencies). I have documentation of theirs that proves gross neglegence. Nobody wants to believe they'd do any such thing ... which is how they get away with it.

    The fact is that the Jordan School District is untouchable and above the law because nobody is willing to risk the district playing their little 'anti-education' card. They use it against anyone who has the audacity to challenge them to avoid being held accountable. The USOE and AG won't do it.

    The fact is that the district changes documentation after the fact all the time. That's supposed to be illegal!

  • annonymous
    May 17, 2008 5:47 p.m.

    If anyone is guilty of a shady deal it is Draper City. It is well known that one Draper City Councilman as well as the legislator representing Draper City (who both sit on the board of a Draper Charter School) are both pushing for a charter high school to be built and run by Draper City. This rezoning proposal came within weeks after this certain charter school submitted an application with the state for a charter high school. By rezoning the land it created a perfect scenario for Draper City to in fact "buy the land on the cheap", as one councilman has been quoted as saying, from JSD for their charter school. Jordan School District is not the party that needs to do some explaining it is the city council.

  • Draperite
    May 17, 2008 5:35 p.m.

    Bob G: I am one of the taxpayers that puchased that land with my education tax dollars. I wholeheartedly support JSD in protecting the value of land purchased with my tax dollars. The land does not belong to Draper City it belongs to JSD and every patron who pays taxes. Draper City has an obvious beef with JSD and in a matter of a couple of weeks, created a new zoning classification and then "took" land they did not own and rezone it. JSD has been completely honest throughout this process and there has never been a plan to sell this land. Draper City Council made a bad decision at the wrong time, went against majority of public comment as well as the plannig commission. There was no reason to do what they did when they did. This decision is just motivated by some childish city council members who think they can throw a fit and JSD will build them a school.

  • Anomymous
    May 17, 2008 10:48 a.m.

    Seems to me that someone in the Jordan School District needs to start answering questions. Maybe they have been doing shady business and its finally catching up to them. It also seems to me there is a lot of lawsuits that are going to be filed right within our own district starting with transition teams.

  • Anonymous
    May 17, 2008 9:19 a.m.

    By decreasing the value of the assets on the East side, Draper is just making sure they can bilk the West for as much as they can come the split.

    There is also talk of who will get one of those lands at a discount price. This is all shady, and the District had every reason to sue. They cannot even trade equal land now to build schools, which happens all the time.

  • Bob G
    May 17, 2008 4:49 a.m.

    If Jordan school district is so upset there must be a reason. Are they operating a shady school district? Is Jordan school district borrowing money and using the land as collateral? The city has every right to zone land as it is being used and designated for future use. The land in question belongs to the people of Utah, not Jordan school district. Property held and designated for education should remain as the city zones it as required by law. When any education property is sold, the money should be returned to the state board of education funds as these properties belong to the state. There is no need for property values to be high for land belonging to the state until it is put on the market to be sold, and only the state should have that authority. When education property is put on the market is the time to rezone and evaluate the value of property, unless the district is using these properties for fraudlent uses, like loan collateral. This is the only reason I can see that the district is upset, fraudlent use.