25 August 2016
Residents waited more than three hours through an intense work session of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday (Aug. 17) focusing on land use policies in the county. When they finally got a chance to speak, they overwhelmingly supported keeping land use as it currently exists. All seven of the residents who spoke urged the Board to keep land use in place in its current form. Land use, which gives significant tax breaks to land owners who dedicate their properties to farming, forestry, or open space, has come under the microscope in recent months.An eighth resident, Channing Snoddy, vice president of the Fluvanna Farm Bureau, sparred with Supervisor Tony O’Brien during the work session. O’Brien has been the driving force in the recent call to examine how land use is applied in Fluvanna.