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Property Law Keyed to Singer
Durand v. IDC Bellingham, LLC
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The Town wanted to increase its property tax base. An economic development task force was appointed by the town’s board of selectman to study the issue. They issued a report stated the town needed to industrialize some of the town. They picked an area of town zoned for agricultural use that was next to an area zoned for industrial use as the place they should change. The first vote fell short. IDC owned a power plant in the town and wanted to build a second plant. To that end IDC offered $8 million dollars to the town if they rezoned that area. The $8 million was to be a gift to the town to use for any municipal purpose it seemed fit. There was a new vote and by a majority vote the area was rezone for industrial purposes. A group from the town brought suit stating this was a contract zoning so the vote to rezone should be considered invalid.
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