Property rights are again under attack in Albemarle County as the Board of Supervisors is considering giving The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Super Property Rights (and effective control) over parcels they can see. This March 2013 post outlines the issue.
FORUM WATCH EDITORIAL
By. Neil Williamson, President
“The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen in his person and property and in their management.” –Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:36
Considering Thomas Jefferson’s strong belief in personal property rights, one must wonder what Jefferson would think of the Foundation that bears his name seeking to use Albemarle County’s Comprehensive Plan to enact ‘voluntary’ restrictions on the property rights of landowners whose properties might be visible from Monticello.
The Free Enterprise Forum sees this as an effective land grab via comprehensive plan.
Please let me explain.
According to Merriam-Webster, the term land grab was first used in the middle 1800’s “to describe a usually swift acquisition of property (as land or patent rights) often by fraud or force”.
Today, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Inc., owner and operator of Monticello, is calling for…
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