COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Resolution: Proposed Workforce Housing Legislation

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Prince William County has requested the Board endorse a proposal to enhance existing enabling authority regarding housing assistance to local employees

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Bowman

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

December 13, 2006

 

ACTION:                               INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:    X                      INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:     Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 


BACKGROUND:

Prince William County is seeking legislation to amend the Virginia Code by adding § 15.2-542, which would grant broader and less restricted authority than current enabling statutes for the County Executive form of government to provide grants, loans and other assistance for county and school board employees, as well as employees of local constitutional officers, to purchase or rent residences, for use as the employee's principal residence, within the county. Prince William County requests that the Board of Supervisors support this proposed change (Attachment A), so that Prince William County can determine if its request for legislation should apply to the County Executive form of government or solely to Prince William County.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1: Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Residents.

 

DISCUSSION:

Prince William County is seeking to amend the Virginia Code by adding § 15.2-542, which would grant broader and less restricted authority to the County Executive form of government than existing legislation under Virginia Code § 15.2-958.2. To date, Albemarle County has not adopted an ordinance under the existing Code section. The proposed legislation would only augment existing enabling authority and not require the County to implement such a program. Enabling authority similar to the proposed Code section already exists for the County Manager form of government (§ 15.2-720.1). The full texts of these current and proposed Code sections are available in Attachment B.

 

Prince William County, like Albemarle, operates under the County Executive form of government. Thus, any legislative amendments to the County Executive form of government will apply to both Albemarle and Prince William counties. Prince William County will pursue this proposed legislation regardless of the Board of Supervisors’ support, but if the Board does not support the attached resolution, Prince William County will change the legislation to apply solely to Prince William County. Prince William County prefers to draft this legislation to apply to the County Executive form of government and requests the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors’ support through adopting the attached resolution.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There is no fiscal impact created by this resolution or the proposed legislation, if approved. The requested legislation only grants enabling authority and does not require the adoption of an ordinance or creation of a program in a county.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends approval of the resolution (Attachment A). If the resolution is approved, staff will work with Prince William County to monitor the proposed changes during the 2007 General Assembly session.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A – Resolution: Proposed Workforce Housing Legislation

Attachment B – Virginia Code § 15.2-958.2, § 15.2-720.1 and proposed § 15.2-542

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