Court Sides With Cedar Rapids in Lawsuit Challenging Cargill's Rail Yard Plans

Cedar Rapids, IA — Contentious plans for Cargill to build a $6.5 million rail yard in the Rompot neighborhood remain in limbo, according to a report in The Gazette.

A judge ruled in one lawsuit filed against the city that the City Council’s vote to change the future land use map was “supported by evidence.”

A related case remains in litigation.

Sixth District Court Judge Mary Chicchelly ruled Friday in favor of the city and Cargill, but in her ruling said the court “will not substitute its judgment as to the wisdom or propriety of Defendant’s action when the reasonableness of the (future land use map) is fairly debatable,” as shown by discussion surrounding the plaintiffs’ contention.

State Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, who along with his wife, Kathryn, filed two lawsuits in December against the city to challenge the council’s votes on the future land use map and rezoning, contended the decisions conflicted with the city flood protection plan, greenway plans, designation of the land as a “Prairie Pollinator Zone” and part of the “Sac and Fox Natureway,” and violate residents’ property rights.

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