Mountain View County sued for $32M
Officials at Mountain View County are drafting their reply to a lawsuit alleging that they changed rules on a development project, causing financial damage to a private developer.
Calgary-based Neuroese Properties, one of the firms involved in the Netook Crossing site east of Olds, wants the county to pay $32.3 million in damages after alterations were made in the municipal development plan.
A realty adviser with Neuroese told the Advocate in November that county council’s decision to change the MDP in July 2012 and then repeal the Neetook Crossing North concept in October had adversely affected his project and others.
“In essence, the MDP changes put the brakes on the Neetook Crossing North concept plan,” Styles said in an email to the Advocate.
Neuroese has filed its statement of claim in Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench, naming the county as well as Councillors Paddy Munro and Kevin Good.
The county’s reply to the lawsuit is due later this month.
In a press statement issued on Friday, Deputy Reeve Patricia McKean said council is preparing its response.
Members of the public were invited to participate in a “lengthy and thorough” process in which there were a variety ways of providing input, McKean said in her statement.
“We are being forced to deal with this situation through the courts. Out of respect for that process, it would be inappropriate to further discuss this matter in the public arena,” she said.
County council’s next meeting is on Wednesday.