Free Enterprise Forum calls for reform of Albemarle’s aesthetic review
Monday, May 10, 2010
A report from the Free Enterprise Forum is calling for reform of Albemarle County’s Architectural Review Board (ARB). The non-partisan organization has released a 21-page report documenting what it describes as the ARB’s “unchecked expansion of regulatory power” in its nearly 20 years of existence.
The report argues the ARB has no right to require businesses to change the color of logos, such as the one for this bank. The top picture is from Fredericksburg, and the bottom one is from U.S. 29 (Photo: Free Enterprise Forum)
Williamson’s report documents what the Free Enterprise Forum sees as “mission creep” and includes five case studies to illustrate the forum’s view. These range from the ARB requiring a bank to change the color of its logo to the denial of approval for a private school on Pantops because the design was too modern.
“Clearly it’s time to have a community discussion about the proper role of the ARB,” said Free Enterprise Forum President Neil Williamson.
The report was released to coincide with a Board of Supervisors public hearing scheduled on Wednesday on the topic of changes to the entrance corridor review process.
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