Stonefield Harming Meadow Creek?

Stonefield wasn’t supposed to open the drain, but they did. And they don’t intend to fix it.

“If this was all in Charlottesville, we would just put a stop-work order on the project,” Tolbert said.

Edens has appealed the violation to the City Council. The Charlottesville Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the matter Tuesday. 
Edens is in compliance with Albemarle County’s stormwater regulations, according to community development director Mark Graham. However, he had no comment on the city’s claim that a violation has occurred. 
“I do not offer opinions on how the city administers their E&SC program and the city does not offer opinions on how we administer our program,” Graham said. “Both of us follow the same set of State regulations and both of our programs are verified as being in compliance with State regulations by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.”

If this is all accurate and true – This is the sort of thing that:

1) Makes people hate/distrust developers and good, smart growth.

2) HIghlights how the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle really should work together. The Meadow Creek is a shared resource, right? Water doesn’t stop at City/County borders.

3) Seems to be bad for the environment.

If you’re interested, these are some photos of Stonefield I took in November 2011 and January 2012. I’ll try to make it by today to take some new photos.

Update 11 July 2012:

Even more on the Stonefield water dispute from last night’s Charlottesville Planning Commission hearing.That’s ok … so long as Charlottesville gets its Trader Joe’s and Imax, right?


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