Rezoning request for Food City in Morristown fails to pass

11:07 PM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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Some folks in Morristown are celebrating after a vote kept a grocery store from relocating in their backyards.

For months, residents of Country Club Estates have been fighting a rezoning request that would allow a Food City to relocate 100 feet from their homes.

They used an older part of their charter to fight the plan. The charter says a 4/5 majority is needed from city council to pass a development plant if 20 percent of property-owners affected filed a petition against it.

Tuesday, the Morristown City Council voted and failed on the super-majority, meaning the homeowners got what they wanted.

"The developer really did want this grocery store and had some good ideas, but just couldn't make it work with the neighborhood. The plans were too overreaching for the parcel of property he had. I would like a new grocery store. I would like more development, but I would like it to also be responsible development that takes into consideration the needs of the entire community," said Morristown resident Betsy Stibler.

We got word of that vote through our community bloggers.

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