Roundtable Discussion Held on Albemarle Cash Proffer Policy
Roundtable discussion on cash proffers
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
The cash proffer policy in Albemarle County is coming under scrutiny. After nearly seven years, county staff members wanted to put all the questions and concerns into the open.
A roundtable discussion wrapped up Thursday afternoon.
Cash proffers are funds that the county gets as part of a rezoning application that increases the number of residential units. The idea is those additional units are creating demand for new infrastructure including schools, libraries, and parks.
Albemarle's Director of Community Development Mark Graham led this discussion at the Albemarle County Office Building Thursday afternoon.
The county's current policy regarding cash proffers was adopted in 2007. Graham says the Board of Supervisors felt it was time to get feedback on the issue and consider making updates to the package.
“There are concerns about the amounts - are the amounts too high or are there enough applicable credits for things that a development may offer in lieu of providing that proffer in the form of transportation improvements for example,” said Graham.
The Free Enterprise Forum says the county should abolish cash proffers all together.
“The idea of having to pay in in order to do what is part of the community-vetted comprehensive plan seems to be counterintuitive to us,” said Neil Williamson of the Free Enterprise Forum.
Graham says the county started this policy to simplify the process and improve certainty in development review.
No action was taken at Thursday afternoon's session. The county plans to compile comments from the roundtable and take them to the board for further discussion in July.
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