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Town/condo settlement deadline nears

by Tom Chillemi

Monday, June 29, at 7 p.m. is the deadline for condo developer Potomac Timber Investments and the Urbanna Town Council to settle a $4 million lawsuit and a zoning appeal.

The pending lawsuit involves the proposed building of 14 condominiums and other work at Urbanna Yachting Center, which is owned by Potomac Timber.

On June 2, John Easter, attorney for Potomac Timber, told the Urbanna Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) that he and his clients would meet with town council attorney Andy Bury to discuss “trying to resolve the overall situation,” including the pending $4 million lawsuit.

In May, Potomac Timber appealed to the BZA a decision by Urbanna Town Administrator Lewis Filling that stopped the rebuilding of the marina.

The developer also sued the town council in September, 2008 for $4 million after it failed to grant permits to build 14 condominiums on 1.5 acres at the marina.

The BZA hearing was held May 26 and the matter was tabled for a week. When the BZA reconvened, Easter suggested the town and developer try to settle both the lawsuit and the appeal out of court.

On June 15, council met in closed session with Bury and Virginia Municipal League Attorney John Conrad.

No action was taken by council, and the closed meeting discussion is not public information.

posted 06.24.2009

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