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With the General Assembly set to convene and prefiling ending on January 13th, I thought it would be worth while to take a look at the legislative proposals submitted thus far to see if anything  jumped out at me this year from the land use side of things.  Suprisingly, this session looks kind of light so far (everyone must be focusing on the budget bills...).

From the local government side, it looks like HB 33 proposes requiring additional disclosures by local governments when seeking bond approvals from voters.  It appears the idea is that public notices would have to include not only the amount of debt to be assumed, but now also the anticipated number of years to amortize and the total debt service payable on the principal amount of the bonds proposed to be issued.  More information for voters - how can you vote against this one?

Step 1:  Create Redevelopment and Housing Authority (the "Authority")

Step 2:  Authority  identifies areas of city that it wants to designate as a "blight"

Step 3:  Authority creates a Master Redevelopment Plan for areas of city it has determined are blighted

Step 4:  Authority uses public funds to condemn all the privately owned land in redevelopment area where private property owners are unwilling to sell to the Authority at the Authority's price

Step 5:  Authority sells some of the land obtained from private citizens to private entrepreneurs for sums it deems appropriate, holds surplus land in inventory for no specifically identified public purpose

The Supreme Court of Virginia recently accepted a Petition for Appeal by forty citizens of Gloucester County who were hit with sanctions for circulating a petition for signatures and filing the petition with the Circuit Court for Gloucester County to have some members of the Board of Supervisors removed by the Circuit Court.  These citizens circulated the petition per § 24.2-233 of the Code of Virginia, gaining over six thousand signatures, after a grand jury indictment of certain members of the Board of Supervisors.  After appointment of a special prosecutor, the trial court nonsuited the petition proceedings, ordered Gloucester County to pay for the legal fees incurred by the Board of Supervisors, and then imposed two thousand dollar sanctions on each of the forty citizens who circulated the petition.