The former church camp bordering the Aurora State Airport has been abandoned for decades.

Marion County and the state’s land use board violated state law in approving airport-related business next to the Aurora State Airport, the state’s Court of Appeals ruled for the second time in a year.

In an opinion issued Thursday, the court determined rural land proposed for development being next to a “transportation facility” like an airport doesn’t qualify it for redevelopment into urban scale commercial or industrial development of over 200,000 square feet of hangars and offices. Instead, the state’s land use laws prohibit the development.

It was the second appeal to the Court of Appeals by Joseph Schaefer, the chair of the planning commission for Aurora, and the second time that court sided with him.

“As we explained in our previous opinion, the applied-for development is not part of the airport,” the Court of Appeals wrote in its opinion.



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