Richmond County is requiring the developer to implement silt fencing and sediment traps
Construction on a golf resort along the Rappahannock River, Va., has come under a stop work order after the developer, Virginia True Corp., cleared more than a dozen acres of cliffside property without obtaining the proper erosion control permits. With the course nestled along the Fones Cliffs, the future golf resort’s developer is now required to remediate the cleared land.
According to the Chesapeake Bay Journal, the county of Richmond has required the developer to install silt fencing and sediment traps to reduce the risk of erosion in the vulnerable cliffsides. Additionally, the county will not lift the stop work order until an erosion control plan is in place and the necessary permits have been acquired.
The second major concern for the felled trees is the potential impact of eagle habitats. The Chesapeake Conservancy argues that the affected area was known to have a high rate of eagle sightings.
This latest erosion violation comes as a surprise to county officials after the resort’s architect had labelled the project as environmentally conscious, stressing a goal of minimal land disturbance.