Pratt Land & Development sues Chattanooga City Council, Chip Henderson over rezoning of property

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Pratt Land & Development has filed suit against the Chattanooga City Council over the rezoning of property off Reads Lake Road, which the developer claims has rendered the site worthless.

The suit, which also lists City Councilman Chip Henderson by name, said he drove the "illegal rezoning" and that the defendants "grossly exceeded their authority" and violated Pratt's rights under the Tennessee and U.S. constitutions.

"There is not a shred of legitimate city interest or public benefit to this rezoning," said the suit filed in Hamilton County Circuit Court. "It is the epitome of backroom politics and the ugliest side of a failed democratic process."

Pratt wants the rezoning overturned and the property returned to its prior C-2 zoning with no conditions. The suit also is seeking unspecified damages.

Neither City Attorney Phil Noblett nor Henderson had an immediate comment, but said an answer to the suit would be filed.