Sunday, August 07, 2005

On checkbook zoning

In this commentary, the Williamburg paper criticizes proffers of cash for rezoning in James City County, where the cost of rezoning for a new house is evidently $4,000 to the county.

Virginia law was amended in 2005 to expand the possibility of cash proffers in the statutes dealing with conditional zoning. Included with this change was some kind of requirement that the localities have to spend the money within seven years or lose it to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. See Acts 2005, cc. 552 and 855.

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