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Zylka v. City of Crystal
Zylka (Plaintiff) sought to construct a gasoline service station on his land located in the City of Crystal (City) (Defendant). Plaintiff’s land, although adjacent to a primarily residential neighborhood, falls within the City’s commercial zoning area. The City allows construction of service stations in this area only upon the city council’s issuance of a special-use permit. Plaintiff accordingly submitted an application for a special-use permit, submitting a detailed plot plan that was ultimately approved by the City’s engineer. The City’s planning commission conducted a hearing on the matter and recommended that the city council deny Plaintiff’s application. The planning commission made no findings of fact and did not provide support for its decision. The city council reviewed the recommendation and denied Plaintiff’s application. The city council also did not present findings of fact and provided no support for its decision. Plaintiff sued for declaratory relief, seeking to enjoin the City from preventing the construction of a gasoline service station on his land. The trial court ruled in Plaintiff’s favor, finding that the decision of the city council was arbitrary and unreasonable.
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