Chamber Applauds Cash Proffers Reform
Chesterfield, VA – The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce applauds the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors and Dr. Joe Casey for taking action on cash proffers reform. The Chesterfield Chamber believes this new policy positions the County to be transparent and pragmatic in establishing proffers that are tied to the actual impacts of development. In addition, we believe that it is well suited to support revitalization efforts, affordable housing initiatives and job creation.
Chamber member surveys have shown that business leaders believe the health of the housing market impacts their businesses directly and indirectly. The Chesterfield Chamber’s Government Relations Committee has engaged with county leadership in discussion around proffers policy reform for years.
Bill Foster, Chairman of the Chesterfield Chamber commented, “I know that there are members of our community who have advocated strongly for no proffers at all, but I believe that this outcome positions the County to have a balanced and sensible approach to funding the direct transportation impacts of development through cash proffers while ensuring that we have more sustainable sources of funding for school and other infrastructure improvements. I am very encouraged by the way the Board and Dr. Casey’s administration worked as a team to come up with a thoughtful response to our concerns as a business community and as citizens.”
Danna Markland, President of the Chesterfield Chamber said, “The new policy addresses many of the issues the Chamber has inquired about for years and improves the business climate. I imagine this new policy will result in an enhanced business and government interaction during the planning and approval process because it is a sound framework for making decisions. Gratitude is due to the Board of Supervisors and Dr. Casey for listening to the business community’s concerns and collaborating to find a satisfactory solution.”
The Chesterfield Chamber was founded in 1999 by a small group of business owners who felt underrepresented in the local government. Today, the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most influential business organization in Chesterfield County, representing more than 500 local businesses and nearly 20,000 employees.