Governor James Gilmore III (R)
for the amount of protected land in Virginia, and click here
to review Virginia's federal transportation spending.
Virginia's Economic Incentives: Missed Opportunities for Sustainable Growth, published by the Environmental Law Institute, examines the land-use effects of several major economic incentive programs and funds used in Virginia to attract new businesses and to support the expansion of existing businesses. To read the report, visit www.eli.org
In the 1990's, it looked like Virginia was heading for a complete overhaul of statewide and regional planning. While this never happened, in 1996 the General Assembly enacted the Regional Competitiveness Act (sec. 15.1 - 1227.1) designed to encourage voluntary intermunicpal cooperation. The new law, among other things, authorizes the General Assembly to establish a fund to be used to encourage regional strategic planning and cooperation. These so called "incentive payments' will be awarded to qualify regional partnerships who develop a regional strategic economic development plan which addresses economic competitiveness.
In 1998, a joint resolution was introduced to create a 15-member joint legislative "smart growth" subcommittee.1 The objectives of the initiative, including reduction of sprawl, trimming of infrastructure costs, and revitalization of older communities, are to be realized through designation of "smart growth areas" where state infrastructure funds would be directed.2
The above material is excerpted
with permission from "Smart Growth at Century's End: The State of the States"
by Patricia E. Salkin, published in The Urban Lawyer, Sumr 1999
v 31 n 3, p. 601. For a complete copy of the article, please contact
The Urban Lawyer.
MANASSAS: Five years after Walt Disney
Co. cancelled plans to build a $650-million theme park near the site of
the battles of Bull Run, urban sprawl may pose an even greater threat to
the region's Civil War sites.
"Loudon Blueprint Reigns in Growth," Washington Post. May 2, 2001.
"Slinging Mud over a Dirt Road," Washington Post. April 24, 2001.
"Planners list ideas to limit sprawl," Richmond Times-Dispatch. March 25, 2001.
"Fairfax's Elusive Downtown," Washington Post. April 1, 2001.
"Fairfax Weighs Buildup Around Metro Stations," The Washington Post. January 19, 2001.
"Farmland Tract to be Preserved in Fauquier: Environmental
Group Takes Over 1200
"Lawmakers Set Sights On Va. Land Preservation," Washington Post. December 27, 2000.
"Foundation aims to protect Virginia's Civil War battlefields from sprawl," Washington Post. December 27, 2000.
Piedmont Environmental Council
Environmental Law Center
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
1S. J. 177 (Sen. Mary-Margaret Whipple) (1998).
2 James Lawlor "From the States," Planning, Vol. 64, No. 3 (March 1998).