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Glenn Heights receives reversal of lawsuit ruling

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Special to The Ellis County Press
GLENN HEIGHTS - A court ruling against the City of Glenn Heights and in favor of a local developer, was reversed by the Dallas Court of Appeals on Aug. 9, according to the city.

In September 1997, Gary Sheffield of Sheffield Development Corporation filed suit against the city in the state district court in Waxahachie.

Sheffield said the rezoning of his property by the city caused a reduction in value of the property. The court found the city should pay for the reduction in value of Sheffield's property, caused by the rezoning of development known as Stone Creek.

This first ruling has been challenged by the city and will be heard in the Waco Court of Appeals in the near future.

A second suit filed by Sheffield in Nov. 1999 sought and received a ruling that the Vested Rights Law gave him the right to develop his 194-acre property under the old 6,500 square foot lot zoning, rather than Glenn Heights' newer 12,000 square foot zoning.

The second decision was reversed in favor of the city.

'We have from day one, in all of the Sheffield suits, felt like we were doing what was in the best interests of the city and its residents and that we were following the law at every step. Hopefully, the Waco Court of Appeals will rule shortly in Sheffield I and correct that decision too,' said Mary Coffman, Glenn Heights mayor.

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