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April 26, 2007

Woolen Mills residents appeal zoning decision on Timberlake-Branham house, seek protection of property

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20070419timberlakebranham On April 19, 2007, the Charlottesville Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) reviewed a decision by the City's Zoning Administrator related to the historic, or protected status, of the Timberlake-Branham house and surrounding property located in Woolen Mills.  The Zoning Administrator found that three parcels around the home lost their protected status because of a technical mistake that was not caught at the time of the City's 2003 comprehensive rezoning.  Woolen Mills resident Bill Emory appealed the Zoning Administrator's February 2007 decision and the matter came before the Board.  At the end of a hour and a half discussion, with presentations by the City, and attorney's representing Mr. Emory and the property Owner, Preston Coiner, the BZA decided to a seek outside counsel and defer a decision until their May 17, 2007 meeting.

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Highlights of podcast:

01:30 -- Staff report by City Zoning Administrator Read Brodhead
06:25 -- Presentation by Attorney Erik Wilke (representing Bill Emory)
22:25 -- Presentation by Attorney Fred Payne (representing Preston Coiner) [See photo]
34:25 -- Comments by City Attorney Craig Brown (representing Read Brodhead)
46:00 -- Public comment begins
50:18 -- Comments by UVA Law professor Anne Coughlin - "Taking by Typo"
59:40 -- Comments by Preston Coiner
1:05:50 -- Board discussion

Other local media coverage of this issue:

The Daily Progress
The Daily Progress Editorial
The Hook, April 2007
The Hook, March 2007
WINA, Charlottesville Right Now - Brian Wheeler outlines the situation with Coy Barefoot

Brian Wheeler

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