Highland residents appeal rehab center decision

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HIGHLAND, Utah (AP) -- Residents of a Utah County city are appealing a decision allowing a drug rehabilitation center in a residential neighborhood.

Highland city on Thursday started the process of mediating the dispute by bringing in attorney Michael Walch.

Walch says he is trying to determine whether the city properly applied its ordinance when it decided in September to allow the center.

A group of residents appealed the decision, saying that among other things the city ignored a state law prohibiting drug and alcohol treatment centers in residential areas.

An attorney for Makin Homes, which got city approval and has since changed its name to Alpine Treatment Services, says the city's decision must be upheld because otherwise it is discrimination under federal law.

If both sides cannot agree on Walch's ruling, they must appeal in district court.


Information from: The Daily Herald

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