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Shops at Stonefield Stormwater Battle Ensues in Charlottesville

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Developers behind the Albemarle County development, Shops at Stonefield, are in violation of a Charlottesville city permit.  That's the conclusion of the city's planning commission meeting Tuesday night.            

"There was an approved plan, and they didn't fulfill the requirements," Charlottesville Neighborhood Development Services Director Jim Tolbert said.      

Tolbert says a 72-inch bypass pipe that runs under Route 29 will bring too much stormwater runoff into a retention pond between the main post office and Seminole Square Shopping Center.  Business owners there say that area could end up flooding.          

"It could potentially put you out of business," University Tire owner Larry Williams said.      

Williams addressed commissioners Tuesday night.  "I don't want to hold up Stonefield whatsoever," he said.  "We're just concerned that being a business owner, I just wanted to have the city have our point of view that we are concerned about that."      

The city says the developer was supposed to install what's called riprap on Seminole Square property to reduce effects of stormwater runoff, but that has not happened.  

Lawyers for the Stonefield project declined to speak to NBC29 on or off camera.      

Tolbert says the next steps are action by city council and possibly even a lawsuit.  "If council makes a decision to uphold our decision, then the options are, Stonefield replugs the pipe and negotiates and does the work, or we'll have to take legal action," Tolbert said.      

Lawyers for the Stonefield developer told the commission they didn't believe the agreement as written required them to add any additional riprap to keep stormwater off Seminole Square's property.  City council's expected to take this up during Monday night's meeting.      

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