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February 4, 2013

A timeline of major developments in Nathan Dial's rezoning efforts

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• March 28, 2011: Dial files his first application to rezone part of his property from a suburban agricultural district to a general commercial district.

• June 16, 2011:  Ada Metropolitan Area Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approving Dial’s request.

• July 5, 2011:  Pontotoc County Commissioners vote 2-1 to deny Dial’s application.

• July 20, 2011: Dial submits a revised version of his application to the zoning commission, which recommends denying the request on Aug. 18. 

• Oct. 3, 2011: Dial’s revised application goes before the county commission, which denies the request.

• Oct. 21, 2011: Dial files a lawsuit challenging the county commission’s decision in Pontotoc County District Court. The lawsuit was still pending as of Jan. 28, 2013.

• Aug. 28, 2012: Randy Floyd defeats incumbent Pontotoc County Commissioner Danny Davis in the runoff election for the 2nd District seat. The outcome potentially changes the balance of power on the county commission.

• Dec. 21, 2012: Dial submits a third application for the zoning commission to consider. This proposal is for a 2.5-acre tract of land, while Dial’s previous application was for a 2.45-acre tract.

• Dec. 29, 2012: Ada City Council directs city staff to notify adjoining property owners that the city may annex four parcels of land along Stonecipher Boulevard — including Dial’s property — into the city limits. A public hearing on the issue is set for Jan. 22, 2013.

• Jan. 17, 2013: District Judge Tom Landrith lifts a restraining order blocking the county commission from acting on Dial’s second application. The order does not apply to Dial’s third application, which had not been presented to the county commission as of press time Friday.

• Jan. 17: The zoning board considers Dial’s third application and votes 5-4 to recommend approval by the county commission.

• Jan. 22: The county commission is set to discuss Dial’s lawsuit over his second application in closed session, but the commission takes the issue off the agenda. The item was removed after county officials learned that the city council would likely delay action on the annexation issue.

• Jan. 22: A clerical error in a public notice prompts Ada City Council to postpone the hearing on the annexation issue. The hearing is rescheduled for Feb. 19.

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