Thursday, June 16, 2005

Around Virginia

From today's newspaper coverage:

Virginian-Pilot columnist Kerry Dougherty blasts Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commission members for travel spending. She calls them "sugar-addicted kids with an endless supply of Oreos."

Converting old buildings into condos and apartments brings new life to downtown, says The Roanoke Times.

More state money may mean the return of bus service between Chesterfield County and Richmond.

Orange County wants to retool its comprehensive plan before it votes on a major development proposal.

A proposed $35 million condo, office and retail project
is "a terrific idea" for anchoring downtown Suffolk, says city leader.

Caroline County planners reject a proposed 510-home mixed-use project, saying they don't have the road capacity or enough water/sewer service.

Hampton Roads' MPO says it needs $275 million a year in new taxes and tolls or it will have to shelve a half-dozen major projects, including the Third Crossing.

State's Six-Year Plan gains from this year's transportation package but future is still dim, warns Commissioner Philip Shucet.

Warrenton developer files suit, accuses water authority of "anti-growth tactics."

Three Northern Virginia supervisors say their region is penalized by state government for its economic success.

2 Comments:

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"More state money may mean the return of bus service between Chesterfield County and Richmond."

Ha! that's a laugh. It's more likely that they found a way to keep black people off the buses.

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

Converting old buildings into condo's and apartments is probably good for the downtown area. Do the building inspectors have enough horsepower to ensure the renovations are done safely, without jeopardizing the economics of the conversions?

Caroline County planners rejected a 510 unit mixed development for lack of road capacity or water/sewer service. Where are the plans to correct these deficiencies? Fauquier rejected a high school site because the road was too dangerous. The road has been dangerous for 20 years, where are the plans to fix the problem, school or no school?

Is returning bus service that previously was cut really the way we want to spend the states extra surplus money? Isn't that incurring a lng term continuing expenditure that may outlast the surplus?

If the situation in Warrenton was just anti-growth, that would be one thing, but in this case the water board has apparently reneged on a bargain previously made after the proffers have been provided and paid for. Can we at least expect government to be honorable?

 

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