Legal Challenge To Aurora Planned Parenthood Dismissed

09/29/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Andre Salles Aurora Beacon News

For the second time, Aurora's Zoning Board of Appeals dismissed a challenge to Planned Parenthood's new facility on East New York Street.

Local anti-abortion group Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood filed the appeal in July, after the city issued a final certificate of occupancy to the clinic on July 1. Prior to that, the facility had operated under a temporary certificate, issued in October of last year.

According to city attorney Alayne Weingartz, the ZBA -- which hears appeals of zoning decisions -- dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction. The board can only appeal actions taken by the zoning administrator, Ed Sieben, and he had no hand in issuing the final certificate of occupancy, Weingartz said.

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