COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Revision of Charter

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Davis, Allshouse, S., Ms. White

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

June 7, 2006

 

ACTION:                INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:    X        INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee’s current charter (Attachment A), was approved in 1998.  In the past year, members of the Committee have expressed the opinion that the Committee’s charter should be updated in order to: (1) clarify the Committee’s mission, objectives, responsibilities, membership structure, operating model, and action plan; and (2) tgive the Committee explicit authority to evaluate, adopt, and oversee the use of fiscal impact analytical tools other than just the County’s Cost Revenue Impact Model (CRIM).  The Committee voted, at its March 9, 2006 meeting, to approve the proposed charter (Attachment B), and now seeks Board approval of this item.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 4.2 -- Fund County Services in a fair, efficient manner and provide needed public facilities and infrastructure.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

The following points represent significant proposed changes and/or additions to the current charter:

 

§       The “Duties/Functions” section of the current charter charges the Committee with the “ongoing community oversight to the implementation and use of the County’s fiscal impact model.”  This charge is assumed to refer only to the County’s current Cost Revenue Impact Model (CRIM).  The proposed charter’s “Mission” and “Responsibilities” sections explicitly broaden this charge to include any other fiscal impact tools that the Committee might wish to adopt.  The Committee wanted to make this change so that, in the event that better fiscal impact models than CRIM became available, the County would not be limited to using only CRIM.   

 

§       The current charter does not define the concept of fiscal impact analysis.  The “Mission” section of the proposed charter defines “fiscal impact.”  The Committee wanted to include this definition in the proposed charter in order to specify exactly the variables that CRIM and other fiscal impact tools are intended to measure and, consequently, to help eliminate a perceived confusion about the abilities of fiscal impact analysis. 

 

§       The “Duties/Functions” section of the current charter does not charge the Committee with the responsibility of advocating fiscal impact analysis as an important input into development decision-making.  The proposed charter gives the Committee this responsibility.  The Committee wanted to include this responsibility because the Committee did not perceive that the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors place adequate weight on the results of fiscal impact analysis when evaluating the overall desirability of proposed development. 

 

§       The “Length of Term” and “Membership” sections of the current charter have been combined into the “Membership” section of the proposed charter.  The “Membership” section of the proposed charter, unlike the current charter, explicitly includes the Assistant County Executive, the Director of Planning, the Director of the Office of Management and

§       Budget, and the Fiscal Impact Planner as non-voting ex-officio members of the Committee.  The Committee wanted to include these people in the fact sheet in order to clarify the specific staff members who are involved in the County’s fiscal impact analysis efforts.

 

§       The “Frequency/Times for Meetings” section of the current charter has been included in the “Operating Model” section of the proposed charter.  The number of meeting dates per year has been changed from four to six, with the notation that the Fiscal Impact Planner will develop meeting agendas and associated materials, will distribute these items at least one week in advance of the meetings, and will run the meetings.  The Committee sought to increase the number of meetings per year because of a perceived increase in the public’s interest in fiscal impact analysis.  The Committee wanted to include language regarding the Fiscal Impact Planner’s responsibilities in order to set down in writing some of the tasks that the Fiscal Impact Planner has performed regularly since 1998. 

 

§       The “Action Plan” section of the proposed charter mentions that the Fiscal Impact Planner will submit an annual work plan to the Committee for the Committee’s review, comments, and suggestions.  The Committee wanted to include this language in order to set down in writing a tradition to which the Fiscal Impact Planner has adhered since 1998.      

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

None

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors approve the attached proposed Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee Fact Sheet.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Current Committee Fact Sheet

B – Proposed Committee Fact Sheet
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