CONSENT AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

 

Raymond E. Graham, Chairman, Cedar Run District Supervisor

 

 

January 12, 2006

Staff Lead:

Department:

 

Frederick P.D. Carr, Director

 

Community Development

Topic:

 

A Resolution Recommending Continued Virginia General Assembly Budgeting of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Revenue Sharing Program

 

Topic Description:

 

The intent of the proposed resolution is to encourage our General Assembly representatives to fund the VDOT revenue sharing program at higher levels for qualifying local county and municipal transportation projects.  With development pressures and continued local and regional traffic growth occurring on the County’s road network, such funding sources mixed with proffered cash contributions of approved rezoning applications can expedite needed improvements.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

 

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impact Analysis:

None was required.

 

Summary Staff Report:

 

The Commonwealth Transportation Board this past year approved the one-time distribution of $50 million of transportation funds statewide for local governments, which results in $100 million dollars of transportation projects across Virginia (total represents a 50 percent match from VDOT and the local jurisdictions).  Historically in the Culpeper District, the Counties of Albermarle and Culpeper regularly used revenue sharing funds to complete many road improvement or transportation related projects.  These funds can also be used in conjunction with priority projects in the 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program for Secondary Roads.

 

Fauquier County now has a $744,920 grant to complete Route 605/602 and Route 605/676 intersectional and signalization improvements.  Most of the County’s matching fund sources for these two critical projects will come from Brookside and Vint Hill proffered cash contributions, both were approved rezoning applications.  Continuing or increasing the VDOT $50 million revenue sharing funding level is imperative statewide.  It represents another financial tool local governments can use to provide secondary road improvements essential to meet growing traffic volume, capacity, or safety issues.

 

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

VDOT District Offices

Local Governments

 

RESOLUTION

 

A Resolution Recommending Continued Virginia General assembly financing of the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (VDOT) Revenue Sharing Program

 

            WHEREAS, Fauquier County is a member of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and is an active participant in VACo Region 7; and

 

            WHEREAS, transportation is one of the key priority issues needing attention in the General Assembly; and

 

WHEREAS, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) revenue sharing is one existing and successful partnership tool where state and local government can match funds to complete critical secondary road improvements having immediate impact on residential neighborhoods and business communities; and

 

WHEREAS, the past legislative session reserved $50 million last year for improvements through local initiatives and VDOT received $65 million in local requests; now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 12th day of January 2006, That the Board does hereby forward to its Virginia General Assembly representatives a recommendation that it consider continuing the VDOT Revenue Sharing Program and increase available funding from $50 million to $75 million in its partnership with local government.