Clustering and Phasing shelved (WINA) – link may not work, WINA’s permalink structure is bothersome.
Ok. Efforts to address land-use fail, and the Board of Supervisors approves more developments within the growth area. Crozet Rezonings move forward (CVille Tomorrow) The County BoS could not have set up the following any better, and I am sure that the groups would offer their thanks –
I have said many times before – if these groups were to be successful and shut down development and growth within Charlottesville/Albemarle (CharlAlbemarle), the surrounding counties will benefit and suffer whereas CharlAlbemarle will only suffer the consequences.
CharlAlbemarle is likely to remain the economic hub of the region for many reasons – we have the hospitals and the University to start. If we (and by “we” I mean our elected officials) drive out new development, other counties will get the housing and the property taxes and we will get the impact on the roads.
Defending development without infrastructure improvements is becoming more and more difficult, especially when some developers will not even meet their end of the proffer bargain. Sometimes battles might best be fought another day.
Unless the local government acts to manage (not control/stop/deter/defer) growth, the State will probably end up making those decisions for localities, something which the State are far less qualified to make. Make no mistake, if things keep going the way they are, we will see impact fees and/or adequate public facility legislation which will impact the local housing market by forcing prices higher.
These arguments (on both sides) come down to money, politics and land use/land settlement patterns. Not to mention the selfish desire to shut the door to this gem of a town once “discovered” by those leading the charge to stop development. We need a broader perspective that looks beyond CharlAlbemarle’s borders and extends region-wide.
Related transportation reading:
The Push for NoVa Regional Taxes heats up – this is something that is absolutely needed to grow local transportation infrastructure.
Democrat calls for “smart growth” funds
Brian Wheeler was on WINA yesterday discussing these and other issues. (thanks to CvillePodcast).
If you’re not paying attention to these developments (pardon the pun) – you should be.