Asking the Albemarle Supes to Consider Cash Proffer Reform

Comments delivered to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, under “Other Matters from the Public” November 6th, 2013

Good Morning.  My name is Neil Williamson and I work for The Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization focused on Central Virginia’s local governments.  As this is likely his last meeting, please let me join the chorus thanking Supervisor Petie Craddock for his service.

In classic government fashion, your agenda today includes an item where you will discuss if you are willing to discuss the cash proffer policy.

Back in May, you invited me to present our cash proffer research titled “Contradictory Consequences”.  I have provided each of you with an additional copy.  Note the subtitle

  A Free Enterprise Forum White Paper exploring how cash proffers negatively impact economic advancement, create false hope and hinder implementation of community supported comprehensive plans.

Then a few months back after the Planning Commission recommended an adjusted cash proffer, this Board refused to consider the application with such an amended cash proffers and asked the applicant to defer their request to allow the Board to consider the Cash Proffer policy in a larger setting.  This action was in conflict with your existing cash proffer policy that reads:

“This cash proffer policy must meet a “reasonableness” test, which requires the Board to determine for each rezoning whether the amount proffered is reasonably related both in nature and extent to the projected impacts of the proposed development on public facilities”.

Now, the staff report prepared for your discussion of potentially discussing suggests hitting the snooze button and maintaining the current six year old policy for another two years.  This is unacceptable.

Recently, this Board has been approving Special Use Permits with a review after just one year of operation.  If one year is good enough for an SUP, six years is long enough to wait for cash proffer reform.

The Free Enterprise Forum respectfully requests that you review your current cash proffer policy and resolve the negative economic development impacts at your earliest convenience.

Respectfully Submitted,

Neil Williamson, President

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20070731williamson Neil Williamson is the President of The Free Enterprise Forum, a privately funded non partisan public policy organization covering the City of Charlottesville as well as Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and  Nelson County.  For more information visit the website www.freeenterpriseforum.org

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