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Stone v. City of Wilton
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In preparation of building, the Plaintiffs had incurred expenses for architectural fees and engineering services in the preparation of plans and plats to be submitted to the city council. The Plaintiffs also secured a Farmers’ Home Administration (FHA) loan commitment for the project. In December of 1979, Plaintiffs filed a preliminary plat for the project with the city clerk. In March, 1980, following a public meeting, the planning and zoning commission recommended to the city council that land in the northern part of the city be rezoned to single family residential based on alleged inadequacies of sewer, water and electrical services. The rezoning recommendation affected Plaintiffs’ tract. Plaintiffs’ application for a building permit was denied in May, 1980, due to the pending zoning recommendation. Plaintiffs filed a petition seeking a declaratory judgment invalidating the rezoning of their property, temporary and permanent injunctions to prohibit passage of any rezoning o rdinance, and in the event of rezoning, $570,000.00 in damages for monies expended, anticipated lost profits and for the alleged reduction in value of Plaintiffs’ land. The city council, on recommendation of the planning and zoning commission, passed the ordinance rezoning the Plaintiffs’ land to single-family residential in June, 1980. Following the city council’s passage of the rezoning ordinance, the Plaintiffs’ preliminary plat was approved by the planning and zoning commission.
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