Prince William

Citizens for Balanced Growth

Year: 2013 (page 1 of 3)

Prince William County Pending Planning Land Use Applications as of 23 Dec 2013

Pending Land Use Applications Dec 2013

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“Candland calls road study ‘kicking the can down the road'”

Prince William Board of County Supervisors votes to initiate full study of county road network instead of just removing controversial Bi-County/Tri-County Parkway Parkway from its system. Supervisors May, Caddigan, Candland express opposition to roadway, while Stewart, Nohe continue to express support. Pro-parkway supervisor Covington casts only vote against study, though Candland describes it as "just a way of not voting (up or down on the bi-county parkway) and kicking the can down the road." Read More

“Thumbs Down on Bi-County Parkway — for various reasons”

Citizens interviewed on reasons for opposing bi-county parkway (BCP). Reasons include disruption of or damage to: schools, existing neighborhoods, historic sites, and traffic flows. Other reasons include need for relief from east-west traffic, wherein most traffic congestion lies, not from north-south traffic -- i.e., the BCP solves a non-problem. One citizen wonders why former Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman and now-VDOT Secretary Connaughton is "so hot to trot" on BCP and says the public has a "right to know who will benefit from the by-pass." Read More

PWCBG e-mails to citizens urging input on Rural Crescent study/citizen survey

PWCBG e-mails to citizens urge input on Rural Crescent study/citizen survey, warn of possible intent to open Rural Crescent to extensive residential development via the study -- particularly if only developers and their employees give input. E-mails to Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) Vice-Chairman Mike May warn of security hole in Rural Crescent study that could lead to "ballot stuffing" in the public input process. Motives of residential developers' BOCS allies Nohe, Covington, Stewart noted. Read More

“Supervisors to study proffer amounts from developers”

Candland asks county Planning Staff to review policy on housing developer proffers, compare to surrounding counties following PW County School Board requests that proffers be reviewed in light of school overcrowding. Candland says county proffer policy "has the effect of underfunding our schools, and the unintended consequence is that we impose an unfair burden on existing homeowners who are forced to subsidize new housing developments that do not adequately pay for the schools and county services required for new families who buy homes in those subdivisions." Read More

“Preserving rural Prince William — options and objectives”

County kicks off beginning of Rural Crescent study at 20 Aug meeting in Nokesville with public. Big landowners feel that existing rules "unfairly limit the rights of rural property owners". Prince William Conservation Alliance notes that curbs on growth in Rural Crescent, besides quality of life benefts such as curbing road and school overcrowding, have fiscal benefits to county, noting that taxpayers shoulder the financial burden of widening roads and building new schools necessary to accommodate residential construction. Read More

“Information meeting on future of county’s rural policies buzzes with questions”

County holds meeting with citizens to discuss, answer questions about Rural Crescent policy review. County Planning Director says he'll look into whether TDRs (which allow developers to build in areas that are normally off-limits to residential development such as the Rural Crescent) can be used to build homes in Rural Crescent. County consultant, using figures supplied by county, claims that county's Rural Crescent comprises 50 percent of county, even though that figure includes federal land such as Quantico Marine Base and Prince William Forest National Park. Read More

“Bi-County Pkwy foes win again: Board resolution ties parkway plans to the PW Battlefield Bypass”

Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) approves citizens resolution by bi-county parkway (BCP) foes that promises to keep open US 29 and Route 234 inside Manassas Battlefield until bypass around battlefield is completed. Jackson Miller Former BOCS Chairman and now-VDOT Secretary Connaughton and current BOCS Chairman Stewart strongly support BCP while Gainesville Supervisor Candland opposes. Read More

“They Prefer Traffic to Having a New Road”

Citizens, Virginia state assemblymen, congressmen refute VDOT claims of Fedex, UPS support for Tri-County Parkway (TCP)/Bi-County Parkway (BCP) and Chamber of Commerce claims that "only a small group" is opposed to TCP/BCP; in fact, at major TCP/BCP presentation to public, 38 of 40 public speakers oppose it. Read More

“VDOT sets June 3 information meeting at Hylton Center on road issues”

Congressman Wolf concerned at "fast-track" approach and lack of transparency regarding Tri-County Parkway (TCP)/Bi-County Parkway (BCP) by VDOT and other TCP supporters. Also concerned at TCP/BCP opening up Rural Crescent to residential development, closing of traffic through Bull Run Battlefield, and plans to make TCP/BCP a toll road. Wolf also wonders how much the TCP/BCP, a north-south road, will improve daily east-west and west-east traffic jams, as opposed to instead investing road money in I-66. Read More
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