Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Connaughton Calls On VA Legislature

From the Examiner: "The people who are buying what are $600,000 to $700,000 homes are already complaining to us about school overcrowding and road problems that we predicted would happen," said Connaughton, who wants to see state legislation that puts a time limit on rezoning approvals so projects cannot remain dormant for decades. Good idea Chairman-Will anyone act in Richmond?


At 2/08/2006 08:40:00 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

that would be a very bad idea. it would take away land rights of the people. if i want to build the zoning limit on my land i should. shame on you sean

At 2/09/2006 12:12:00 AM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

I agree with Sean, at least in theory.

The county should have the ability to put a time limit on any re-zoning approvals, but not on existing zoning.

In other words, you can't change the contract you already made, but they should be allowed to write the contracts better in the future.

In fact, you NEED this rule if you are going to support tying rezoning to traffic. Because first of all, once you approve one rezoning, it could prevent other rezonings because of the "anticipated" new traffic -- so you need to clear the zonings that aren't acted on to allow other homeowners to step up to the plate.

And second, because traffic today might support a rezoning, but 10 years from now it might not anymore, so a time limit would be needed to force a re-evaluation after some time based on the new traffic conditions.

But it can only be for new zoning requests, not for things that are already approved.


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