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Speeding Up Charlottesville Zoning?

January 20, 2016 in Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

Daily Progress readers can get some insight into how city planners are trying to handle local zoning policy. A recent story reveals that the Charlottesville Board of Supervisors is trying to assist developers in getting quicker responses to plan proposals.

For more, readers can go to CVille Tomorrow to look at how the city handles “proffers” or offers made by developers that will improve aspects of the community. These proffers may go along with authorization to continue a development project. Changes typically go back and forth between developers and municipal lawyers. That said, it can take a long time to get decisions.

However, the Virginia General Assembly passed laws in 2012 that allow for a shorter process. Albemarle County responded by changing its decision-making process in 2013. In general, Charlottesville planners are trying to make things easier for developers and others trying to move forward on projects.

Things to Consider

One thing that many people in a community don’t really think about is that zoning and other types of planning can substantially impact the public health and safety of residents. It’s not just a question of going through formalities — for example, those sitting on municipal boards might be looking at proper storm water drainage that won’t damage the integrity of wells or damage public systems.

They might also be looking at walkability and pedestrian access, or they may be considering motor vehicle traffic flows that can lead to higher or lower rates of auto accidents.

Personal injury lawyers understand that urban planning is a vast and complex ecosystem. They know that planning decisions are often tied to real world injury cases and events that make their way through the legal system. In some instances, everyone’s working together for safety — in other cases, parties are working toward conflicting goals.

Injury lawyers play a specific role: After an accident happens, they provide legal representation to victims and make sure that those who were harmed get equitable and fair treatment in local courts.

Qualified injury lawyers take care to listen to their clients and help them build injury cases that are appropriate for their situations. They look at relevant laws and case precedent and do the legal fact-finding and research required to build a personal injury case. They have the knowledge to know what’s reasonable in local courts and they also know how to promote their client’s best interests.

All of this helps an injury victim with both the emotional and practical aspects of a case. They can also get specific advice on how to handle a settlement offer, or get help with finding out when and where to show up for court.

Call a Virginia Injury Law Firm for Help Today

Someone who is injured in the Charlottesville, Virginia area can get help from the injury attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. Our experienced and qualified legal team can help make sure your voice is heard in local Central Virginia courts and ensure that your claims benefit from professional support. Let us help you get justice under the law.

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We serve clients throughout Virginia — from Charlottesville and Central Virginia to metropolitan Richmond; Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley to Roanoke; and the cities of Hampton Roads to the Northern Virginia cities of  Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington.

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Our Virginia personal injury lawyers at MartinWren, P.C. also have a statewide practice and offer free consultations at a time and location that is convenient for you.  We will gladly meet with you at your home or at the hospital, even on nights and weekends.

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