By DOUG NURSE / www.ajc.com
Friday, October 10, 2008
The state Supreme Court has handed the city of Milton a victory in a controversial zoning case involving orchid greenhouses.
The justices on Oct. 3 declined without comment to hear the appeal of orchid growers Don and Sue Baker. The Bakers had hoped the court would reverse the city’s denial of two setback variances they requested to build additional greenhouses.
On Feb. 6, the Bakers applied for variances, which were denied by the city. The Bakers argued that their property was zoned agricultural and this use fit. They also argued they had a vested right to add additional greenhouses because they had bought the property before the city was incorporated Dec. 1, 2006.
Neighbors howled that the additional greenhouses would make the area look too industrial.