CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A petition asking Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. to overturn county approval of a controversial subdivision near Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is an effort to "derail" a developer's right to build on his property, an attorney for the project said Friday.
The Harpers Ferry Conservancy, which filed the petition over the proposed Murphy's Landing, wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an environmental impact study of the farm where the 203-home subdivision is to be built.
An environmental impact statement is a product of a lengthy study of a project's impact on historical and environmental areas.
Murphy's Landing would be built in the School House Ridge area, where Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson oversaw the capture of 12,500 troops in 1862.
The conservancy said some homes will be built where most of the maneuvering took place during the conflict.
The conservancy believes the EPA should become involved because of references to federal agencies for funding for the subdivision.