COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Approval of the draft
TJPDC Legislative Program.
Blount, Mss. White, Allshouse
November 03, 2004
The Thomas Jefferson
Planning District Commission works with the County and other Planning District
members each year to develop a legislative program for the General Assembly
session. The attached draft of the 2005 TJPDC Legislative Program is before the
Board for approval and will form the basis of the county's future discussions
with our local legislators.
2. Protect the County’s
Natural, Scenic and Historic Resources
2.1 Protect and/or preserve
the County’s Rural character
2.2. Protect and
Preserve the County’s Natural Resources
2.3 Provide for
environmentally sensitive government operations at the local and regional level
3. Enhance the Quality of
Life for all Citizens
3.1 Make the County a safe
and healthy community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play.
implement policies that address the County’s growth and urbanization while
continuing to enhance the factors that contribute to the quality of life in the
4. Serve the Public
Efficiently and Effectively
effective, responsive and courteous services to our customers
4.2 Fund County services in
a fair, efficient manner and provide needed public facilities and infrastructure
The Draft 2005 Legislative
Program follows the same format as in prior years, with priority “action items”
and a section highlighting some of the most important ongoing concerns. The
County's major issues are included in the draft program.
The approved TJPDC
Legislative Program will be sent to our local legislators prior to the Board of
Supervisors’ meeting with them on December 7. At this meeting, the BOS will have
the opportunity to request sponsorship and or support of specific legislation.
Specific legislative items the Board may want to consider requesting legislators
to support or sponsor during the 2005 session could include:
Land Use and Growth
Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permit Application Fees.
Request budget amendment to require DEQ to reduce the permit application fees
associated with stormwater management and stream mitigation projects, which
have been drastically increased in the last year. Due to recent changes in
Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES), municipal separate
storm system permit requirements, localities now have much of the
responsibility for protection of streams and rivers. DEQ’s recent fee
increases adversely impact
localities abilities to
adopt regional stormwater management programs or to undertake projects needed
for stream protection.
Transient Occupancy Tax
- Retain the flexibility currently available in transient occupancy tax
legislation so that these funds can continue to be used to support the
protection of valuable open-space and resources of historical, cultural,
ecological and scenic value that attract tourism.
- Request legislation to provide high-growth jurisdictions with growth
management tools such as adequate public facilities ordinances and impact
fees, and provide statewide funding for open space and natural resources, such
as the Purchase of Development Rights program for localities that
establish and locally fund such a program.
Scenic Protection and
- Request enabling
legislation to provide for a scenic protection and tourist enhancement overlay
district. As the County pursues options to protect the visual quality of land
as an aesthetic and economic resource, this legislation would provide
localities with a method to ensure full consideration of visual resources and
scenic areas when the County or State makes land use decisions in designated
Health and Human Services
Comprehensive Services Act
(CSA) - Request
the state fully fund CSA mandates including obligations for administrative
overhead and children, both of which have been shifted to localities in recent
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program
– Request the state take advantage of the federal reauthorization of TANF by
streamlining eligibility requirements and providing maximum flexibility to
localities so that counties can implement the TANF program that best meets
– Request legislation
that will prevent convicted domestic abusers from being allowed to possess a
gun. Virginia law should be consistent with Federal Law.
– Request that state
Medicaid reimbursement rates be increased for dental care for low-income
– Request the state increase funding for transportation so that the present
and future transportation needs of the state can be achieved.
Passenger Rail Service
- The County continues its support for and endorses the provision of passenger
rail service from Bristol, VA to the Richmond, VA and Washington, DC areas
with links to communities along the way.
for traffic signal enforcement
- Continue to support legislation authorizing all localities to use
photo-monitoring systems for traffic signal enforcement.
Juvenile Detention Centers
– Request that
the state budget sufficient funding to Juvenile Detention Centers to provide
necessary mental health and substance assessments and treatment.
Regulation of Panhandlers
– Request the state grant all counties the same authorization that Henrico and
Arlington counties were granted by special legislation in 1980 and that cities
have generally in the regulation of panhandlers in public rights of way.
Virginia Retirement System
(VRS) - Request
the state undertake long term planning in establishing VRS rates so that
localities are not burdened with significant year-to-year rate changes.
Amend Va. Code section
15.2-1507 pertaining to the composition of panel hearings
– Request an amendment to authorize localities to utilize an administrative
hearing officer in lieu of the 3-member panel in all cases, similar to the
method established for state employee grievances in Va. Code Section 2.2-3005.
This should help ensure consistency in applying policies.
Change provisions of SB
5005, so that car tax reimbursements occur in a timely manner:
Under the provisions of SB 5005, the state’s reimbursement for the car tax
relief program changes from a percentage reimbursement to a set dollar
amount. Localities with billing dates in the spring will not receive their
reimbursements until July 1, 2006. This would have a negative impact on FY
2006 cash flows, as localities with earlier payments dates close their fiscal
year before reimbursements are made.
– Request the current division between state and local governments regarding
duties and funding for Constitutional Offices remain intact.
The Board approve the attached
Draft 2005 TJPDC Legislative Program, with the understanding that suggested
changes from the Board will be reflected in the final version of the regional
2) The Board
consider specific legislative-related sponsorship requests they would like to
request during the December meeting with our local legislators.
A - TJPDC Legislative