Over the last few weeks, I’ve pulled together articles on the property rights amendment that will be debated a second time in the upcoming General Assembly session and the local government opposition to the measure. In each case, the reporters’ articles (all from Northern Virginia) I link to quote local officials as being deeply worried over the section of the amendment that would allow property owners to recoup damages for lost access and profits from takings. All of them use the same example: city or county sponsored street fairs and festivals and new infrastructure projects could unleash a storm of litigation.
Now we have the street festival/sewer line bogeyman appearing in Lynchburg, as duly recorded in this News & Advance piece. What reporter Alicia Petska does that her NoVa counterparts don’t, though, is make note of this universal concern:
Lynchburg and other local governments are anxious about the amendment, saying it’s too broad and will jack up the cost of infrastructure projects and public events such as street fairs and parades.
So we know the talking points have been distributed, read and parroted. But among the more nefarious of the talking points is the one repeated by Lynchburg city manager Kimball Payne:
[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]
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