RIDGELAND — The state Supreme Court recently denied a motion by the city to expedite a Costco zoning appeal by homeowners in a ruling that favored developers.

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Chamberlain denied a motion late last month that would have expedited the case Beard et al v. City of Ridgeland.

The motion submitted by the city would have required both sides to file their opening briefs by Aug. 2.

The court ruled on July 25 that they saw “no good cause” to expedite the case.

The city argued the appeal was putting jobs and tax dollars in peril.

Mayor Gene F. McGee said that while he could not say too much on the subject, they were not surprised the request was denied.

“It is not uncommon for attorneys to ask that certain proceedings be expedited and it is honestly very rare that courts allow that,” McGee said. “While we would like to see this resolved as quickly as possible, I do not see this as a big deal.”

The case takes issue with changes made in 2016 to the city’s zoning ordinance. The plaintiffs claim the changes were “spot zoning” made to accommodate the upcoming Costco development.

Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger ruled in the city’s favor in April that would allow the development on the Highland Colony to go forward.

Nearby residents have said the development will disrupt the area.

Nine residents who filed the appeal are: Gerald Emmett Beard, Charles Jules Michel, Harold Joseph Byrd, Nils Kerem Mungan, George Thatcher Shepard Jr., Matthew Denson DeShazo, William M. Aden, Thomas I. Rice III and Joel G. Payne Jr.

City Attorney Jerry Mills, was unavailable for further comment at press time.

The proposed development would include one primary anchor tenant, Costco, and five additional tenants who have yet to be named.

The anchor tenant would be located in the southern portion of the development and would include an approximately 150,000 square-foot building with approximately 650 parking spaces and necessary utilities.

The additional five tenants would include approximately 158,000 square-feet of retail space with approximately 955 parking spaces.

The project, as it stands, will be broken into two separate projects that operate off one master plan.

Central to the project is the Lake Harbour Drive extension that will connect with the Highland Colony just south of the development.

The residents, dogged opponents of the project, have said that the development would bring in more traffic than Highland Colony Parkway could handle and would alter the serene aesthetic appeal residents have long enjoyed living in the country.

The Highland Colony was constructed with landowners donating right-of-way in exchange for being able to commercially develop their land.