PUBLISHED Harvey Fertilizer and Gas Co. (plaintiff) filed a complaint on 16 May 2001 seeking a declaratory judgment that plaintiff had a vested right to complete its cotton gin project and a permanent injunction enjoining Pitt County and the Pitt County Board of Commissioners (Board of Commissioners) from enforcing a zoning ordinance and moratorium affecting the completion of the project. Plaintiff also requested a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The trial court granted plaintiff's request for a temporary restraining order on 17 May 2001. Intervenor-defendants filed a motion to intervene in this action on 23 May 2001. The trial court held a hearing on both plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction and intervenor-defendants' motion to intervene. In an order filed 29 May 2001 the trial court granted plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction. Two days later the trial court granted intervenor-defendants' motion to intervene.