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October 30, 2013

Pontotoc County landowner takes new approach to annexation issue

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Dial’s decision to dismiss one of his lawsuits against the city is the latest twist in a story that began when Dial asked the Pontotoc County Commission to rezone his property as a general commercial district. The commission originally denied his request, prompting Dial to sue the county.

The commission reversed course in February and granted Dial’s request, clearing the way for him to build a part-time commercial auto repair shop on 2.45 acres of his property. Dial later dismissed his lawsuit against the county.

Then in late February, the Ada City Council annexed four parcels of land along Stonecipher Boulevard — including Dial’s property — into the city limits. All four tracts were zoned as suburban agricultural, reversing the county’s earlier decision.

At the time, Cadenhead told The Ada News that Dial won the real fight when the county commission rezoned his property from suburban to commercial use. He said Dial’s use of the land was not compatible with the suburban classification, but it was legal before the city annexed the property.

Consequently, Cadenhead said, Dial’s property would be grandfathered in under the commercial classification.

Dial later sued the city over the rezoning decision, but that lawsuit was dismissed earlier this month. He also joined several other landowners in a lawsuit challenging the decision to annex their property into the city limits. That lawsuit, which asks the court to undo the annexation decision and order the city to take the land out of the city limits, is still pending.

Dial said he has spent too much time and money on legal battles, which was part of the reason behind his decision to dismiss the rezoning lawsuit.

“The wheels of the justice system move very slow,” he said. “I’m three years vested in this and have not gotten any further than when I started. So I’m tired of waiting.”

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