City Council's New Ordinance Change Won't Affect City Lawsuit

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HARRISONBURG, Va. At Harrisonburg City Council's meeting Tuesday night, they decided to change the city ordinances to align with the Code of Virginia.

Back in December, the "We Support Planning" group filed a lawsuit claiming the city did not approach the planning process legally with their plans to build a new municipal building. The group believes the city should have referred plans and designs to the planning commission.

Chris Brown, the city attorney, said this code change is not in response to the lawsuit. He said, this is something they have been planning for a while, before the suit was filed. He said, they still do not believe the municipal building needed to be sent to the planning commission.

Brown said the new reference in the city's code is really just about clarification and limiting interpretation by making sure the local ordinance reads the same as the state law.

"Really what this does is make sure the things that do get referred to the planning commission, we know what the rules are about how long the planning commission has them," said Brown.

Thomas Domonoske, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit, said the city code change is an important move for the future but doesn't change the problems they had with the municipal building.

The next step with the lawsuit is to get a hearing date in front of the judge. They will know that day on the Jan. 22. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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