Norma and Tommy Wright, Wright Paving Co. Inc., and Custom Stone LLC have won in a court ruling over a proposed rock quarry. The city of Shelbyville has been ordered to reverse a zoning decision and pay legal costs.
The battle has been going on for years including a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city as well as its Board of Zoning Appeals, planning commission, and former codes and planning director, Ed Dodson.
The city, BZA and planning commission are accused of violating due process, inverse condemnation, unconstitutional taking, negligence and creating an unconstitutional “floating” zone.
The lawsuit arises from a prolonged dispute over a proposed stone quarry that the Wrights want to build on their property in Shelbyville.
State Appellate Judge Patricia J. Cottrell has ordered the Shelbyville Board of Zoning Appeals to consider the Wrights’ 2004 application at the earliest possible date and has remanded the case back to the chancery court to see if they are entitled to any legal fees.
Cottrell wrote that over the past eight years, the city has blocked the Wrights’ efforts to have the application considered. “In effect, they the Wrights have not had their bite of the apple.
Wright Paving Co. Inc. and Custom Stone LLC have been attempting for years to build a quarry in Hillsboro. The Coffee County town is already the home of one quarry. Grady Wright of Wright Paving Co. Inc. and Custom Stone LLC says their hope is to bring competitive business and good paying jobs to Coffee County. Those proposed to the idea complain it would bring down property values and bring to much dust and noise to Hillsboro.