Last Modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:28 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane is suing to overturn the New Orleans City Council's move to explore zoning restrictions that could hinder the university's effort to build an on-campus stadium.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in civil district court asks a judge to rule that the interim zoning district, or IZD, is illegal.
The IZD was introduced by councilwoman Susan Guidry, whose district includes the neighborhood bordering the part of the Tulane campus where the 30,000-seat stadium would be built.
On May 3, the council voted 4-2 to direct the City Planning Commission to hold hearings on zoning proposals that would prohibit any new building covering more than 50,000 square feet in parts of the city encompassing three universities including Tulane.
Tulane says the motion is already slowing the permitting process for the proposed stadium.