Billy Graham Evangelistic Association v. City of Minneapolis

667 N.W.2d 117 (2003)

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Billy Graham Evangelistic Association v. City of Minneapolis

Minnesota Supreme Court
667 N.W.2d 117 (2003)

Facts

The City of Minneapolis (the city) (defendant) designated an area within the city as a historic-preservation district. The city took several steps prior to making the designation, including commissioning a designation study, subjecting the proposed designation to several levels of review, and holding public hearings. Consistent with the applicable ordinance, the city used the information it had gathered to make findings in support of its decision to designate the district. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) (plaintiff), owner of four buildings in the historic-preservation district, objected to the designation. BGEA appealed the city’s decision to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, arguing that the city had acted unreasonably, arbitrarily, or capriciously. The court of appeals found for BGEA, and the city appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Meyer, J.)

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