Albemarle BOS Hosts Lawmakers for Legislative Luncheon
Legislative luncheon at the Albemarle County Office Building
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
Freedom on the farm is a focus of Albemarle County's legislative agenda for the upcoming General Assembly session. The Board of Supervisors is sending its requests to Richmond lawmakers after a lunchtime discussion Tuesday.
The Board of Supervisors hosted delegates and state senators at the Albemarle County Office Building for the annual legislative luncheon. Many of the county's requests are repeats from past years - including asking the state to allow impact fees for new developments and fully fund mandates.
New in this year's list is Albemarle's opposition to proposed changes to the Right to Farm Act. The county argues a bill that came up in the last General Assembly session would over-commercialize farm activities and create a statewide definition for what's allowed in agricultural areas.
“Our farmers in Albemarle have complete freedom to sell on the farm and have farmers markets and we've made great strides in improving those processes. I don't think we should be thrown under the bus because other counties haven't done as well. That's for them to solve,” said Ann Mallek, chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
Albemarle County says the bill would take away local authority to set land use policies.
Supervisors are also requesting lawmakers redistrict state Senate seats. Right now, three precincts in northern Albemarle are split between two Senate districts. The county says that complicates polling places on Election Day.
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