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Breaking News: Edgewood Farm suit filed

A group of horse farm owners and people living near the Edgewood Farm property recently rezoned by the city of Versailles has filed a lawsuit against the Versailles City Council, the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission and the property owners, including Hardin Field IV and Virginia Field and Edgewood Farm LLC.

The plaintiffs claim the rezoning was arbitrary, not based on substantial evidence, and violates the county’s goals and objectives of the 2011 Comprehensive Plan, which designated the area to remain agricultural.

The suit alleges the Planning Commission arbitrarily amended the Comprehensive Plan to expand the Urban Services Boundary. This allowed the city council to rezone the property, which it annexed, to be developed for urban uses, the suit alleges.

The suit also claims the plaintiffs weren’t offered due process, and that Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott failed to disclose “biases and conflicts of interest” because the Edgewood Farm developer is “a major contributor” to Traugott’s employer – state House Speaker Greg Stumbo. (Traugott is a part-time employee of Stumbo’s.) Traugott told The Sun he’s disappointed the city will have to spend resources on the matter and is confident the council’s decision was based on the evidence as presented, with goals of creating jobs and economic opportunity.

The suit asks for a jury trial in Woodford Circuit Court and for a judge to declare void the actions of the Planning Commission and Versailles City Council.

A lawsuit only presents one side of an issue.

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