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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 06/15/2010

Arbitrator rules against developer

By Washington Post editors

An arbitrator has ruled against Newland Communities, the developer of Clarksburg Town Center, in a dispute with community activists.

Newland had sued the community group, saying its members failed to back Newland’s revised plans for the northern Montgomery County community even though they were required to do so by a negotiated agreement.

Arbitrator Barbara Kerr Howe said that Newland had wrongly changed the plans without notifying her after she had worked for months, behind closed doors, with the developer and the Clarksburg Town Center Advisory Committee, the residents’ group to devise a new design for parts of the community. CTCAC had unearthed numerous construction irregularities in Clarksburg Town Center more than four years ago and the case eventually went to arbitration.

In January, the Montgomery County Planning Board fined the California-based developer $22,000, saying the company had made more than 400 unauthorized changes to plans, despite the negotiated agreement.

-- Miranda S. Spivack

By Washington Post editors  | June 15, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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A whole $22,000? Newlands must have been fighting back the guffaws as it took the check in pay the fine.

That's about $50 per unauthorized change.

Posted by: krickey7 | June 15, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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