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February 4, 2013

County OKs rezoning of Dial property

Ada —

Pct. 1 Pontotoc County Commissioner Gary Starns gave it one last try Monday morning in his attempt to stop his two fellow commissioners from rezoning 2.45 acres of property in the Stonecipher Boulevard area from suburban to commercial.
In the end, all went as expected as Ada resident Nathan Dial got the rezoning he’s been seeking for almost two years.
“I think after several thousand dollars spent, David slew the Goliaths,” Dial said as he accepted a room full of congratulations from well-wishers who showed up to offer support.
The victory could turn out to be short-lived, since the city of Ada has corrected its legal notice which prevented the council from annexing the land — Dial’s property included — into the city limits of Ada.
That corrected legal notice has now been posted and the council is set to meet Feb. 19. If it annexes the property as expected, it would be free to return the zoning to A-2 suburban.
If those events were to occur, Dial’s new C-2 zoning might go right back to A-2, assuming the city would zone that way, once again preventing him from opening an auto/bus repair for-profit shop on his property.
Then again, nothing is certain in this ongoing drama. Dial’s attorney from Seminole, Jack Cadenhead, and his client believe the property would be “grandfathered” in at C-2.
The different sides disagree here, too, and it appears the court will have to make that determination.
At any rate, Dial and his legion of supporters are celebrating at having finally prevailed with the commission.
Starns' last attempt was to quiz District Attorney Chris Ross on what will happen if former citizens who have asked for — and been denied — zoning changes  will be able to come back and sue the city. He said one such case has occurred within the last year.

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