Emory named to Planning Commission
Bill Emory is possibly the only person appointed to the Planning Commission who's ever sued the city. The Woolen Mills shutterbug and gadfly found out he'd been named to the Charlottesville Planning Commission Monday night as he watched the City Council meeting on public access channel 10. "I didn't even get interviewed," he says, although he concedes that he tried twice before to get on the advisory body.
Earlier this year, Emory withdrew his lawsuit against the city for a clerical error that removed a historically protected designation off most of a parcel in Woolen Mills, a botched rezoning case that came to be known as "taking by typo."
Long an activist in Woolen Mills, he also was instrumental in getting the composting of sewage at the nearby Moore's Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, which he called "the mother of all outhouses," moved. Earlier this year, he got the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority to commit an additional $5.2 million to contain the stink. Emory quietly supported the breaching of the Woolen Mills dam, and worked to get the old mill community listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
Now Emory will be sitting on the other side of the table. "I really feel like it's where the rubber meets the road," he says, vowing to be guided by "good zoning principles."
He takes the seat of Hosea Williams, and his four-year term starts September 1. "I go to all the meetings anyway," says Emory. "I have a lot of respect for the people on there. I travel all over on a bike. I love this town. Charlottesville is a unique and wonderful place and could certainly use some planning."