On Friday, a judge ordered the Baldwin County Planning and Zoning Commission to approve Sherwood Grove subdivision, after the commission voted not to approve it in August.
“The commission didn’t meet the requirements of the statute,” Greg Bordenkircher, an attorney for 68 Ventures, the development company, said. “They [Baldwin County] set the criteria, we met the criteria. It [approving the subdivision] is a ministerial act.”
In August, the commission denied preliminary plat approval to Sherwood Grove after it generated controversy on social media and over 100 people showed up at planning commission meetings in opposition to the subdivision.
Shortly after Sherwood Grove was denied, the developer filed a lawsuit in Baldwin County Circuit Court, alleging that the commission had no standing to deny the subdivision, because 68 Ventures had met all the requirements to receive preliminary plat approval.
On Friday, Judge Scott P. Taylor, in a summary judgment, ordered the commission to approve the subdivision, allowing construction to move forward. Bordenkircher says the subdivision will contain 166 lots.