Thursday, May 22, 2003

Chesterfield zoning case poses the question, how tough can sanctions be for violating zoning

As reported here, lawyers for a Chesterfield County business argued their petition for appeal in a case involving sanctions for the over-expansion of the business beyond the limits allowed under the county zoning law, including a contempt of court order which requires the company "to post a $250,000 letter of credit and face fines of $2,500 per day if it does not meet the June 6 deadline to scale back or move." The report indicates that Senior Justice Compton was nailing the counsel for the petitioner, which sounds familiar - in one of my (two) cases before the Virginia Supreme Court, Justice Compton told me that "what you're saying can't possibly be true."

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