When the opposition movement first emerged in April, commissioners replied that none of them but Chairman Ken Hagan had been on the board in 2003 when the land was rezoned to the designation Traditional Neighborhood Development. This zoning allowed a big box store but the requirements would have made it a tough fit.
Redstone officials said they were not involved in this 2003 rezoning decision, and found that the designation restricted their flexibility. That's why they pressed to create a special category of Traditional Neighborhood Development for smaller parcels, under 50 acres, and to call it a mixed-use development. The county approved this plan to the land development code.