Motion to dismiss filed in Villines’ case against Cascade County over ZBOA vacancy

The attorney for Cascade County and the Commission filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Ryan Villines over applications to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The motion was filed April 30 by Mark Higgins and as of Thursday morning, there had been no further action in the case.
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Villines filed the lawsuit to challenge the county’s criteria for applicants to the ZBOA. Commissioners voted in April to remove all criteria and readvertise the vacancy.
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“The criteria Villines specifically challenged in his lawsuit has been set aside, and his application, if he makes one, will not be rejected on the basis of that old criteria,” Higgins wrote. “The issue has ceased to exist and no longer presents an actual controversy,” and suggested the case be dismissed as moot.
[READ: Higgins’ motion to dismiss]

At the time the motion was filed, Higgins wrote that calls to Villines had gone unreturned so he was unable to advise the court whether the motion would be opposed.
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Villines has resubmitted an application to the ZBOA.

All of the applications submitted so far are posted here.

In response to the question asking applicants to list special experience or education, Villines wrote, “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for bribes, I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have is a very particular set of skills. Skills acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you make a wise decision that’ll be the end of it. I will not sow anger. I will not search. But if you do not..”

The response is a modified version of a line in the movie Taken.

His letter submitted with the application for the ZBOA is below.

Preview of “ZBOA-Applications-5-8-2018-Appointment.pdf”