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Zylka v. City of Crystal

Minnesota Supreme Court
167 N.W.2d 45 (1969)


Zylka (plaintiff) sought to construct a gasoline service station on his land located in the City of Crystal (City) (defendant). Zylka’s land, although adjacent to a primarily residential neighborhood, falls within the City’s commercial zoning area. The City allows construction of service stations in this area only upon the city council’s issuance of a special-use permit. Zylka accordingly submitted an application for a special-use permit, submitting a detailed plot plan that was ultimately approved by the City’s engineer. The City’s planning commission conducted a hearing on the matter and recommended that the city council deny Zylka’s application. The planning commission made no findings of fact and did not provide support for its decision. The city council reviewed the recommendation and denied Zylka’s application. The city council also did not present findings of fact and provided no support for its decision. Zylka brought suit for declaratory relief, seeking to enjoin the City from preventing the construction of a service station on his land. The trial court found that the decision of the city council was arbitrary and unreasonable.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Rogosheske, J.)

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