ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Reported by CJ Paschall

On Wednesday, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors considered a proposed legislative initiative that would require historic structures be documented before being demolished.

Some board members expressed frustration that historic structures can be lost, and the county has no recourse. Supervisor Rick Randolph raised the possibility of using drones to photograph the buildings and wondered just how high vertically property rights extend.

“35 feet was the response and currently that seems to be the minimum height for an authorized governmental purpose to be inspecting a property where you wouldn't run afoul of a fourth amendment violation,” said Randolph.

Randolph stressed the board is very conscious of Albemarle citizen's privacy rights in this case. No action is expected on this initiative before next year.