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Court will appoint lawyer for BZA

In the back-and-forth battle between the Staunton City Council and the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals, a circuit judge now is poised to appoint a lawyer to represent the BZA at the expense of the city, which sued the BZA in the first place. The News Leader is keeping track of the action, where the city attorney now says that he will file a motion for reconsideration.

The underlying issues are whether the BZA violated state law in granting certain variances for landowners and what remedies the city has to address the situation. Since the city decided to bring the matter to circuit court, the city may end up having to pay the bills for its own lawyer and the lawyer for the BZA that it sued.

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