Albemarle Supervisor David Slutzky (Rio) has spent months developing a detailed and intricate plan to create a market-based solution for keeping rural areas rural and encouraging dense development within the urban ring. The idea is that those of us who live in the rural areas can sell our rights to build more houses on our land to people in the urban ring, who can then develop more densely.
Last night he formally proposed it to his fellow Board of Supervisors members. As Jeremy Borden explains in today’s Daily Progress, the BoS really wasn’t interested. They weren’t so much opposed as they just didn’t care. Supervisor Lindsay Dorrier (Scottsville) just thought it was too darned complicated. (If this is too complicated for him, it might be time he left office. This is pretty basic stuff.) So there was no vote, no counterproposals, no plan to move forward. Just nothing.
The phrase “fiddling while Rome burns” comes to mind.