Billboard business suing the City of Lubbock and Council members

Billboard business suing the City of Lubbock and Council members

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

An outdoor sign business is suing the city, including each member of the Lubbock City Council, over policies regarding billboards.

Choice Dynamic Media claims the city illegally denied five of its applications for zoning changes and violated state code regarding government meetings.

Court documents indicate the city's planning and zoning board denied the applications due to irrelevant evidence.

According to the filing, the decision was based on potentially increasing traffic, and "opening the flood gates" for undesirable businesses like night clubs.

After an appeal, CD Media suggests the city council violated the Texas government code by using a five minute closed door recess to discuss how to deny the applications.

The lawsuit indicates that council didn't  declare an executive session or an approved suspension of the meeting.

When the meeting resumed the suit claims council members staged the rest of the hearing in order to get to a denial.

CD Media claims this was an act of gross negligence, in bad faith, r with malice in making its decision.

The filing goes on to claim the city's billboard policies have been mis-used for decades, by the city's unbridled discretion.

CD Media wants the district judge to overturn the council's decisions on billboards and declare the city's ordinances regarding zoning applications... Unconstitutional.

City administrators won't comment on the suit.

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