A lawsuit filed by 46 neighbors against the city of Prairie Village Wednesday ensures the contentious debate over the Mission Chateau development on the site of Mission Valley Middle School will continue.
In a press release issued today, the group claims the Prairie Village city council’s Jan. 6 vote approving the Special Use Permit that allows the Tutera Group to move the project forward denied the neighbors their due process rights. Moreover, the group claims that the city council “refused to require the Applicant to comply with the City’s Village Vision, which specifically requires ‘buy-in’ by the neighbors surrounding the Mission Valley Middle School site.”
Brian Doerr, an MVNA member whose law firm was heavily involved in measures to oppose the project, said the group is seeking an injunction that would prevent groundbreaking and perhaps force a new submission process for Tutera.
“I know it may look like we are bringing the fight to the city, but we really feel the fight was brought to us,” Doerr said. “We are doing what we feel we have to to protect our due process rights.”
Prairie Village city administrator Quinn Bennion said the city’s legal counsel “will review their appeal and defend the city’s planning process.”
Forty-six individuals signed on to the second protest petition against the proposal, but Prairie Village attorneys deemed the petition invalid because it didn’t include signatures from homeowners representing 20 percent of the area within 200 feet of the revised development area.
The release is copied below. We’ll post additional details as they come in: