Dallas Court of Appeals, No. 05-20-01111-CV (March 31, 2022)
Justices Carlyle, Smith, and Garcia (Opinion available here)
The Dallas Court of Appeals agreed Homan had standing to contest the ordinance. Standing to challenge a government action requires a showing that the plaintiff suffered a particularized injury apart from the general public. So, in the context of a zoning decision, a plaintiff has standing “when the zoning affects the plaintiff differently than other members of the general public.” The Court noted that the Texas Legislature has created a mechanism for parties living within 200 feet of a proposed zoning change to receive notice and have the opportunity to protest the change. The Court found this to be a recognition that property owners within 200 feet of a proposed zoning change face a greater risk of injury to the use, enjoyment, and value of their property than the general public. This is a sufficient interest in the process to confer standing.