Prince William

Citizens for Balanced Growth

Category: Broader Reporting, Analysis on Balanced Growth Issues (page 2 of 4)

“Prince William County: sleepy suburb of 400,000”

Washington Business Journal notes that "commercial and industrial property accounts for less than 15 percent of Prince William County's real estate tax base, half that of Arlington and 8 percent less than Fairfax County". Top 10 employers in county are low-wage retailers, child care, hospitals, and local & federal government. County "not yet a place where big business sees a future" and "is more dependent on residential real property taxes to fuel its annual budget, and ... suffers a swifter, harsher blow when the housing market turns sour." Read More

“Supervisors started overseeing county government in 1869”

History of PW Board of County Supervisors viewed 1869-present Read More

“PW earns highest credit rating”

S&P, Fitch rating agencies award PW County highest bond rating; county's economy "anchored by the military and government" "continues to show above average employment." And 2010 Gainesville Times article describing PW County award of highest bond rating by Moody's rating agency. Read More

“Va.’s growth plows over country life”

Retrospective on development of Linton Hall Corridor, past & present demographics as seen from perspective of over-100-year-old Benedictine Monastery's nuns, other long-time residents and newcomers Read More

“National trends could drag down D.C. area housing market’s gains”

"Biggest obstacles" in the way of a "robust" DC-area housing recovery said to be "nation's high unemployment rate" and "the swelling volume of foreclosures"; Prince William County housing market's volatility discussed; federal pay freeze, defense contractor layoffs, higher interest rates seen as potential negative factors Read More

2007-10 County Citizen Surveys (biennial after 2010)

PWC_SurveySumary2010 | PWC_SurveyComparison09_10 | full text pdf

PWC_SurveySummary2009 | 2009-10 Comparison | full text PDF

PWC_SurveySummary2008

2007 County Citizens Survey (full text)

2007 Citizen Survey: PW citizens “generally dissatisfied with the coordination of development and roads, growth in the county, and planning and land use”
(“Supervisors Get Survey Results” by Keith Walker, Potomac News, 9 Aug 2007)

The top seven:
Citizen satisfaction with:
The bottom seven:
Citizen satisfaction with:
— Service from Library Staff  (98.9%)
— Emergency Medical Rescue (98.5%)
— Fire Fighting in Respondent’s Area (988.4%)
— Security in Courthouse (97.3%)
— Landfill (96.0%)
— Convenience of Registering to Vote ( 994.9%)
— Assistance from 911 Operator (94.6%) <
— Coordination of Development with Road Systems (35.5%)
— Rate of PWC Growth (44.0%)
— Ease of Travel in PWC (46.9%)
— Land Use Planning and Development (47.5%)
— Appearance of Illegal Signs along Major Roads (49.2%)
— County Efforts to Preserve Open Space (51.5%)
— Public Transportation in PWC (57.0%)
According to the executive summary of the 2007 County Citizens Survey (full text):   1.
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Why fight local political battles and corruption?

E-mail sent 3 February 2010 from PWCBG's Ralph Stephenson to friend and opponent of Avendale housing development project in response to her question asking whether involvement in local politics by ordinary citizens makes a difference Read More

“Housing Red Flags Ignored”

Review of how lax home mortgage borrowing rules and poor government oversight, despite repeated warnings, worked in vicious cycle with massive housing oversupply, leading to housing bubble, market crash, and ultimately the Great Recession Read More

“Housing Market: Even More Pain in Store?”

Housing market "glut of inventory", including 9 million vacant homes nationwide, elimination of federal aid measures in early 2010, high unemployment indicate market outlook will remain "extremely clouded" Read More

Letter to the Editor in “Your View” section: “Taxes low as long as priorities kept”

Letter reminds pro-developer Supervisor Covington of what caused the housing crisis & subsequent Great Recession, including: "Years of concurrent political mischief and corruption ... at the federal, state, and local levels ... to distort market forces and ... artificially force housing demand to fit oversupply" Read More
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