There will be no written ruling this week in the Parkside lawsuit, the Buncombe County Clerk of Court’s office confirmed today, because Judge Marlene Hyatt, who ruled in favor of the Pack heirs last week, is on vacation.
While Hyatt did decide the matter in favor of the Pack heirs against the county and developer Stewart Coleman‘s Black Dog Realty, a written ruling will clarify exactly what remedy is ordered. The land could be returned to the heirs (who have said they would preserve it for public use), the county could be required to buy it back from Coleman or Hyatt could decide on a different course of action.
In the meantime, Coleman still technically owns the land, even though Hyatt upheld the heirs’ argument that the county’s 2006 sale of the land to Coleman violated stipulations by philanthropist George Pack that it remain in public use.
— David Forbes, staff writer