Is there a State Law about a City Council being required to give a reason for denying rezoning of property? Georgia.

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Customer: Planing & Zoning Committee approved the application, but the City Council voted against it 3:2, but did not give reason for denial.
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I researched the law in Georgia and it appears that there is no state law requiring the City Council to provide a reason its denial of a rezoning petition.
The reasons will generally be found within the minutes of the Council meeting

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My name is Latonia. I applied to the City of Fort Gaines to rezone my property to place a manufactured home on it. There are manufactured/mobile homes already in the neighborhood where my lot is. We have a new mayor that does not favor manufactured/mobile homes, but he was in favor of another resident placing one in an area where there are none. Planning and zoning committee approved it. When it went before the City Council, the vote was 3:1 council members. There are 6 council members and the mayor, but only 4 council members and the mayor were at this meeting. Their ordinance say the affirmative vote of 4 cm or 3 cm and the mayor shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution or motion and the mayor shall vote in the event of a tie or when an affirmative or negative vote of the mayor shall constitute a majority so the mayor was told he needed to vote and he said, " in that case. I oppose." They said my request was denied. In the minutes for that meeting it was not stated why it was denied.
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I was told that legally there should be a reason for denial. I am trying to find out what statute that is.
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I was not able to locate any such Statute or any law that required the city to do more than just make the Minutes available to the public.

What I would do is to make an issue of this decision based on unequal application of the law.

The Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause requires the United States government to practice equal protection. The Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause requires states to practice equal protection.

Equal protection forces a state to govern impartially—not draw distinctions between individuals solely on differences that are irrelevant to a legitimate governmental objective. Thus, the equal protection clause is crucial to the protection of civil rights.

I would photograph mobile homes in the area to use that as part of your argument of an established policy.
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