Judge again refuses to block zoning change for 'Field of Dreams' development

Chicago-based group planning 24-field 'All-Star Ballpark Heaven'

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April 1, 2014 | 3:17 am

A Dubuque County judge has again refused to block a zoning change needed for commercial use of the "Field of Dreams" movie site.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that Judge Thomas Bitter on Monday denied a motion by a group called Residential and Agricultural Advisory Committee, a group is composed of area residents and other people who own land near the Dyersville property.

The group wants the court to overturn a rezoning decision by the Dyersville City Council. The group maintains the council violated open-meetings laws and also didn't consider potential harm posed by the development.

Bitter rejected the group's motion in October but agreed to hear oral arguments after the group filed another motion.

In Bitter's latest decision, he said the group didn't adequately back up its assertions.

A Chicago-based development group plans to transform the Dyersville landmark into All-Star Ballpark Heaven, a 24-field youth baseball and softball tournament complex.

Hall of Fame baseball player Wade Boggs says he’s investing in the project.

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