CEDAR RAPIDS (AP)--The Cedar Rapids ethics board says a city planning commissioner did not have a conflict of interest when she voted to approve a development that will be built in part by the president of her realty firm.
City Planning Commission chairwoman Lana Baldus voted to approve plans for the Sugar Creek development. Baldus is also a Realtor at Skogman Realty. The company's, president Kyle Skogman, has said he will build homes in Sugar Creek.
The Board of Ethics says Baldus had no reason to know that Skogman was involved in the project when she voted to approve it.
The Planning Commission rejected the site plan for the development, but the Cedar Rapids City Council voted to approved the development on Aug. 26.
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