Prince William

Citizens for Balanced Growth

Category: Rural Crescent (2003-2015) (page 1 of 4)

Board of County Supervisors Votes 20 Sep To Consider Beginning Development of Rural Crescent

“Board looks at new ways to preserve Rural Crescent” by Hillary Chester, Prince William Times,  30

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“Prince William considers Nokesville Mosque”

All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) makes presentation to Nokesville Civic Association on proposed 500-seat mosque across Vint Hill from Cedar Point Elementary School. County has denied permission to exit onto Vint Hill Road so the mosque would front to 2125 Schafer Lane; resulting traffic "primary issue for most residents." Read More

“Study will show more needed to preserve PWC’s rural character, agricultural land”

Consultants hired by Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) to study Rural Crescent summarize recommendations to BOCS. Consultants: county Rural Crescent policy good on balance and has cut development in the rural area. However, unintended consequences include widespread "large-lot residential development with little contiguous open space and significant loss of agricultural lands," which though not the desired effect, is consistent with the existing comprehensive land use plan and zoning regulations. Echoing similar proposals by Supervisor Covington during his tenure, consultants also propose enhanced cluster developnment in areas dominated by farming, and say sewer lines could be extended "in selected rural areas." New economic development director position should be created to focus on agriculture. Supervisor Nohe focuses on needs of large-lot landowners in his district. Supervisor Covington wants to "give choices in the rural area" to landowners. Read More

“Survey Says PWC Residents Want Rural Crescent Preserved”

Survey says PWC residents "overwhelmingly" want Rural Crescent to remain rural; county planners advocate more "cluster" housing Read More

Planning Office e-mail announces public open house on Rural Crescent/Rural Preservation Study

Prince William County Planning Office e-mail 23 January 2014 announces public open house on Rural Crescent/Rural Preservation Study and provides link to its project website for the study. Read More

“Preserving rural Prince William — options and objectives”

Board of County Supervisors hires consultant to prepare report reviewing rural preservation policies. Consultant notes that transfer of development rights (TDR) program "is a developer's dream." Citizens note that county greatly overstates land it has protected by including federal land (for example, Quantico Marine Corp Base, Prince William Forest National Park) in its preservation totals. Read More

“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

“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
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