City of Shawnee cleared of wrongdoing in Vantage lawsuit

Recently released court documents reveal the City of Shawnee has been absolved of any wrongdoing in the council’s Jan. 2016 decision to deny plans for the proposed Vantage apartment complex.

Last week, Johnson County District Court Judge Paul Gurney determined the city “did not act in an unreasonable, arbitrary or capricious manner in denying the Vantage application.”

The City of Shawnee had been sued Feb. 2016 by Nebraska-based Qrivit LLC, for denying the project based on public opinion, rather than the project’s compliance with the Shawnee comprehensive plan.

The complaint directly quoted Councilmember Mickey Sandifer, who said after the vote to deny the project was completed, “I sided with the people and what they wanted. But I think it’s a very good project.”

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