Shops at Stonefield Stormwater Battle Ensues in Charlottesville
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
"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.
could potentially put you out of business," University Tire owner Larry
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."
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
for the Stonefield project declined to speak to NBC29 on or off camera.
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.
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.
Shops at Stonefield Stormwater Battle Ensues in CharlottesvilleMore>>
Derick Waller joined the NBC 29 news team in August, 2010. Prior to this, Derick graduated with degrees in both broadcast journalism and political science from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story