By. Neil Williamson
As today is business day 01 of year ‘10, here are 10 (in no particular order) New Year’s resolutions for local governments in the Central Virginia region.
- Recognition of Economic Development impacts of legislative actions – Regulation, education, etc
- Increased awareness of the cost of gaining local government approval
- Evaluation of government structures and possible modification – Should UVA be a nonvoting member on the Albemarle Planning Commission? Should the Treasurer and Commissioner of the revenue be elected positions? Should the strong City Manager system be retained in Charlottesville?
- Increased awareness that the proper role of Government not to “create jobs” but to create an environment that is conducive to economic vitality and a high quality of life. Often the best advice is for government to get out of the way.
- Better understanding of the demand for a variety of housing prices and types in the region
- Reality based planning that addresses both the citizen infrastructure demands and the economic realities surrounding them
- Better informed decisions regarding the scope and influence of Architectural Review Boards. The idea that the ARB in Albemarle pushed to have Target change the red in their logo is far beyond the original intent of the ARB, as is 21 (twenty-one) entrance corridors in Albemarle County.
- Increased advocacy for rural enterprises that make the rural areas not only ecologically sustainable but economically sustainable as well
- Advancement of the approved and federally permitted community water supply plan or a fresh start including the James River option (likely the most practicable and least environmentally harmful solution).
- Increased efficiency at all levels of government.
Neil Williamson is the President of The Free Enterprise Forum, a public policy organization covering the City of Charlottesville as well as Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Nelson County. For more information visit the website www.freeenterpriseforum.org