The City of Springfield is fighting a judge’s ruling that it doesn’t have standing to challenge Papillion’s westward annexation.

Springfield filed a notice of appeal on Tuesday, saying it would challenge an Aug. 26 order by Sarpy County District Court Judge William Zastera.

The case will now go to the Nebraska Court of Appeals.

Springfield filed a lawsuit against Papillion and Sarpy County in July after Papillion announced plans to bring the Prairie Queen Recreation Area into city limits and extend Papillion’s zoning authority.

In the suit, Springfield alleged Papillion’s annexation was illegal and that its extended zoning control would impede Springfield’s growth. Springfield pointed to a development agreement relating to sewers and an associated future growth map as its basis.

But Zastera said neither that agreement, nor the map, gave Springfield the right to challenge and block Papillion’s plan.

Despite the lawsuit, Papillion has had police officers patrolling Prairie Queen and is taking building permits in the expanded zoning area. Since July 23, the city has collected $1,425.57, primarily from home improvements and industrial remodels, said Papillion spokesman Trenton Albers.

There have been no major projects or new buildings in the area, he said.

The appeal won’t change Papillion’s course, Albers said.

“The area is now ours, and we will continue to provide services in the extended area,” he said.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1192, emily.nohr@owh.com

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