Property owners adjacent to the LEAP Lebanon district have filed a lawsuit claiming the City of Lebanon violated the law when it annexed 5,225 acres of the district and applied a new zoning classification to it in December.

Michael Andreoli, attorney for the suit’s 11 plaintiffs, wrote in the complaint that the annexation is also probably the largest example of spot zoning in the state.

Indiana Farm Bureau defines spot zoning as: “the singling out of a property for different treatment than similar surrounding land that is indistinguishable in character, for the economic benefit of the land singled out.”

The City of Lebanon, represented by attorney Rob Schein, has yet to file an answer to the complaint.

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