Maybe you’ve heard about new regulations recently approved by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board, which aim to curb pollution in the Chesapeake Bay by lowering the permissible amount of phosphorous runoff caused by new construction projects. While VAR sympathizes with efforts to preserve Virginia’s natural resources, we submitted comments opposing the new regulations because they will have unintended consequences such as contributing to sprawl and increasing costs to Virginians.
Nevertheless, the regulations were adopted and are slated to go into effect starting in July 2010. However, gubernatorial candidates Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell (RPAC of Virginia’s endorsed candidate) have both echoed VAR’s concerns about unintended consequences, as have some members of the General Assembly. Your lobbyists will continue to monitor this situation, and VAR will keep you up to date as details emerge.