Virginia Gov.-Elect Tim Kaine, who swept to victory in part by campaigning against sprawl development in the state, pledged support for Bay restoration activities during the campaign.
In position papers issued during the campaign, the lieutenant governor said he would uphold Virginia’s commitments under the Chesapeake Bay agreements and seek to pursue additional federal funding for the cleanup effort.
Kaine also told the Virginia Environmental Assembly in September that he would ask the General Assembly for at least $50 millon next year to support the state’s efforts to clean up the Bay.
The Democrat defeated Attorney General Jerry Kilgore with 52 percent to 46 percent of the vote in November.
A major emphasis of the Kaine campaign was to promote the incorporation of transportation projects and local planning to curb sprawl and reduce congestion. He pledged incentives for local governments to work together on planning and transportation issues.
“Better planning will help us choose the right road and transit projects to support future growth, make better use of existing transportation infrastructure, strengthen existing neighborhoods, as well as protect open spaces and our environment,” he said in position papers.
He also pledged to promote renovation programs in existing urban areas and promote “pedestrian friendly” communities as part of efforts to encourage people to live near where they work and shop to reduce the need to drive.
Kaine also promised to oppose any legislative attempts to cut conservation tax credit programs for farms and natural areas, and said he would support dedicated funding for the Virginia Land Conservation Fund to help purchase properties with unique conservation value from willing land owners.
He also called for the conversion of half of the state’s fleet of passenger vehicles to hybrid vehicles over the next five years.