A lawsuit filed by Butterball against the city of Longmont, Colo., over zoning issues has been scheduled for an April 2014 trial. The company claims the city's decision to rezone the property where a Butterball turkey plant was once in operation hurt Butterball's ability to sell the building.

Butterball first brought the case against the city in February, asking a judge to overturn the city's rezoning of the 103 acres near First and Main, an area that includes the former Butterball turkey plant. The council had voted in January to make the area "mixed use" instead of "mixed industrial" as part of plans to redevelop the neighborhood after a bus and a train station are built, according to a Longmont Times-Call report.


Butterball has argued that the move was "illegal and improper spot zoning" that hurt its ability to sell the property to another food processor. It also claims the city never gave proper notice of its hearings and public meetings on the topic, though city officials deny that allegation.

The April 2014 trial will be held at the Boulder District Court and is scheduled for six days.