FORUM WATCH EDITORIAL
By. Neil Williamson, President
I grew up watching television sports anchor Warner Wolf’s trademark introduction to each evening’s highlights, “Let’s Go To The Videotape”.
But I get ahead of myself. Please let me explain.
- Usurping Authority – Crozet Community Committee Resolution Recognition Request
- Albemarle’s Community Councils Get New Name–Mission Creep Continues
- Albemarle Backdoor Downzoning Proposed
- The Public Engagement Paradox
- Albemarle Development Area Report Card 4 “D”s–Disappointment, Density, Delusions and Decay
- The Sheffield Shuffle – Places29 Citizen Council Suspended By BOS
- Albemarle’s Manifest Density
- Albemarle Passes The Bucks ($1.4 Million) To Unelected CACs
Most of the people serving on these unelected development area committees are sincere residents working to make their community a better place by commenting on development proposals, evaluating traffic reduction measures and discussing community infrastructure investments. But there are some that seem to believe these CACs, as they are known “represent the majority of the development area residents” and should be empowered to set the political agenda.
At the very end of last week’s CCAC meeting, Former Planning Commissioner Tom Loach clearly outlined his desire for the group to work with the other CACs to develop a Proactive CAC Action Agenda:
Why we should have a dialog with the other CACs [is] because I don’t think their problems are any different than ours … Here every year we have a meeting that the county calls and its all the CACs together…. but nothing gets done, there is no result in it….
…What I would like to see us do is work with the other CACs and start to come up with an agenda, an action agenda, that we can use for all of the CACs for the next year so that when we do that we’re not talking as individual CACs we’re talking essentially as the majority of the residents of the growth areas … I’d rather be proactive than reactive.
…What I am looking for are the global [themes between CACs] that we can focus on as an agenda item to work with the Board [of Supervisors] Emphasis Added-NW
Don’t believe me, thanks to the Crozet Gazette we can [as Warner Wolf would say] go to the videotape: https://t.co/PZFK6W60bv
Now to be fair, Loach was seeking to have a larger discussion about this concept at the next CCAC meeting and the last minute proposal was greeted by CCAC members gathering their papers. The topic will be added to the group’s October agenda.
The Free Enterprise Forum has learned this is not the first time this issue has come up. It was apparently discussed at the CAC Chairs/Vice Chairs meeting earlier this year. The topic is listed as a 10 minute discussion item on tomorrow night’s Places 29 Rio CAC agenda.
We hope each CAC will push back on the Loach Proactive CAC Action Agenda concept, perhaps by citing Albemarle County’s specific charge of the CAC:
Based on the diverse membership of the CCAC and the general level headedness of the other CACs, I do not think the Loach Proactive CAC Action Agenda will see the light of day.
We hope not; such is the work of elected officials who are answerable to all the voters both in and outside of the development areas.
Neil Williamson, President
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, Louisa and Nelson County. For more information visit the website www.freeenterpriseforum.org
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