AMICUS SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE PLAINTIFFS’ FIGHT FOR EQUAL PETITION RIGHTS.

As most of you know, there is a pending lawsuit filed against the City of Austin asking the court to enforce the petition rights of the neighbors living within 200 feet of The Grove. Petition rights are a right granted by state law and City code. If at least 20% of the property owners within 200 feet of a piece of land file a petition protesting a change in zoning on that land, approval of that change in zoning will require a 3/4 vote of City Council. The City is refusing to recognize the petition rights of the neighbors of The Grove based on the fact that the property is designated unzoned by virtue of it previously being owned by the state.

The law allows a person not involved in litigation to file something called an “amicus brief” to share additional perspective on the issues with the court. In the petition rights lawsuit, two amicus briefs have been prepared for filing in support of the plaintiffs’ position – one for people living near The Grove (specifically, people living in Rosedale, Ridgelea, Oakmont Heights, Allandale, Highland Park West Balcones Area, Brykerwoods, or Westminster Manor), and one for people living outside that territory. There is no cost to participate; you would simply be agreeing to allow your name and address to be listed on one of the briefs. Drafts of the briefs that you would be signing onto are linked below.

Thanks for ALL the support you have provided throughout this process!

Amicus Brief – neighbors of The Grove

Amicus Brief – persons living outside the immediate neighborhoods surrounding The Grove

Please contact us with any questions you have about the lawsuit or about participation as an amicus curiae.