Edward Hale, et al. v. Board of Zoning Appeals for the Town of Blacksburg, et al.

  • March 6, 2009

Edward Hale, et al. v. Board of Zoning Appeals for the Town of Blacksburg, et al. In these consolidated appeals, the principal issue we consider is whether the circuit court correctly applied Code § 15.2-2307 in finding that the owner/developers of a parcel of real property obtained a vested right to a particular use of the property under a rezoning ordinance subject to their proffers and, thus, are not subject to a subsequent amendment to the locality’s zoning ordinance that placed a limitat...

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Judging Autism

  • September 28, 2006

Parents of autistic children win two important lawsuits against local school systems. Is Virginia ready for the fallout?By Brandon Walters James Peterson has autism, a developmental disability that significantly impedes a child’s capacity to communicate, talk and socially interact with others. In late August, U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne ruled that Peterson didn’t receive what federal law entitles every child under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: a free and ap...

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Land Use and Zoning Law

  • August 14, 2015

Land Use and Zoning Law By Philip Carter Strother and Andrew E. Tarne Since the early days of nuisance law, but especially since the early twentieth century and the validation of zoning ordinances, land use planning and management have been fundamental roles of local government. As evinced by its state code, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes the essential role that localities play in land use planning. The Virginia Code requires that localities create planning commissions, adopt comprehens...

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