The 2014 Free Enterprise Forum Five

By. Neil Williamson, President

Oh what a year it has been!

Annually, the Free Enterprise Forum takes a step back and examines our work over the last twelve months.  Based on this review – we have created the 2014 Free Enterprise Forum Five – our completely biased view of the top five blog posts based on readership and impact.

As we close our twelfth year, I want to take a moment and thank all of you for reading.   I also have to thank our financial supporters – If you find our work valuable please donate today.

Finally, I want to thank those who disagree and comment.  I sincerely appreciate your contributions.

Without any more fanfare – Here are the Free Enterprise Forum Five (click on the headline for the rest of the story):

#5  The Zombie Comp Plan — Return of the “Voluntary” Viewshed Requirements

D_nightofzombiesposterIn classic horror films, zombies are among the best villains as it is so hard to kill the “Walking Dead”.

Just like a zombie the Monticello Viewshed requirements are back and property rights are again under attack in Albemarle County.

But it’s OK because the requirements are voluntary.

#4 “Snob Zoning” Request Returns to Charlottesville City Council?

In a blog post just under a year ago, Is the Lorax Guilty of Snob Zoning?, we raised concerns of so called snob-zones-640-for-web-194x300“Snob Zoning” in Central Virginia.  Included in that post was a quote from Councilor Dede Smith about new residential developments.

[City Councilor Dede] Smith also wanted to know what population was being attracted to Charlottesville based on the nature of the new developments.

“Who is going to live at City Walk?” Smith asked. “Our number of families is declining in the city and it has been stated as a priority that we would like to at least maintain or grow housing for families.”


#3  Building Late Night Life Rafts on the Titanic


By. Neil Williamson, President

titanic sinking credit redbubbleTomorrow night (6/11) the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will be considering how to best assist businesses negatively impacted by the 2+ years of construction of the Rio/US29 grade separated intersection.

The Free Enterprise Forum is somewhat conflicted regarding “government help”.  We firmly believe in the free enterprise system and that a critical part of that system is business failure to make room for new innovations.  While we believe in the “creative destruction” concept, we prefer it is the market not the government doing the destruction.

#2  VDOT Losing Control on US29 Solutions?

By. Neil Williamson, PresidentUS29 Survey July 16 2014

“It seems how lately, baby
Got a bad case steamroller blues” – James Taylor

As we all are getting accustomed to yellow and orange vests in the impacted areas of US29, the Free Enterprise Forum has learned we will have significantly less control over the US29 projects than we were led to believe at the outset.

Later this week the Charlottesville Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will rubber stamp the Shucet  US29 Solution Package.  Interestingly, only now have we learned (via Twitter) the sequencing of these long desired projects is seemingly out of our control.

#1 from April 12, 2014

 Shucet’s Charade – A Public Participation Illusion


The Route 29 Advisory Panel is, perhaps unwittingly, playing a part in a masterfully orchestrated and expertly conducted illusion of public participation where the questions, concerns and opinions of panel members are being denied or actively dismissed. No votes are taken nor consensus measured. All the while the facilitator is complementing the panel for its incredible positive forward momentum.

And the public is none the wiser.


Honorable Mentions

Albemarle’s Mad Hatter Paradoxical Proffer Policymad-hatter-1-300x240

Only in Albemarle, Do You Make Housing Affordable by Making It More Expensive

Charlottesville Requires Residents To Tell How Their “Natural” Garden Grows

Fluvanna Budget Proposal Includes Tax Increase

Ruckersville Interconnectivity Goes Forward

failure-to-communicateAlbemarle’s Cool Hand Luke Development Areas Plan

Albemarle’s Manifest Density

Admiral Stockdale and the Albemarle County Planning Commission

Albemarle Knows Best – Comprehensive Plan Mission Creep

Do Jobs Fit in Albemarle’s Comprehensive Plan?

Is This The End of The Road?US29 Survey July 16 2014

Misinformation, Compartmentalization and Realization on the US29 “Expressway”

Regulatory Hurdles and Lack of Infrastructure Hinders Fluvanna Economic Development

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<p>*** USA ONLY ***Albemarle Apologist Economic Development Policy

The Who Has the Answer to New US29 Panel

Who Puts the DL in TMDL?


Respectfully Submitted,

Neil Williamson, President


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


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