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Citizens for Balanced Growth

Category: Previous Supervisors and Selected Candidates (page 1 of 2)

E-mail exchange between PWCBG and Eric Young, candidate for Brentsville Supervisor

PWCBG questions Young's late-entry into the Brentsville District Supervisor race (mid-Oct) and failure to "ever publicly speak out and fight for what he now says he believes in." Young says he supports PWCBG's balanced growth principles, wants "more frequent discussion of proffers requirements" to ensure they're "adequate" for community needs, and pledges to "never accept developer money." Young believes that "the biggest stakeholder in land development is always the developer" who takes "the biggest financial risk," but says he would "like to see that balance tip a bit more toward our community to alleviate the impact that development has on the people." Read More

Scott Jacobs, candidate for Brentsville Supervisor, on why he should succeed current Brentsville Supervisor Wally Covington

Jacobs seeks "to bring more smart commercial development which will create high-paying jobs right here at home to lessen the burden of congestion on our roadways." Describes, if elected, "how" he'd perform his duties as supervisor, seeking public input and supporting "common-sense projects"; but otherwise fails to specify "what" land use policies he'd pursue and whether he supports PWCBG's strategy -- as described at http://pwcbg.org/WhyBalancedGrowthIsImportant.html -- to balance residential growth with trafffic, school, tax, economic, and quality-of-life issues. Campaign contributions show almost exclusive reliance (63%) on developers. Read More

Don Shaw, candidate for Brentsville Supervisor, on why he should succeed current Brentsville Supervisor Wally Covington

Shaw expresses support for balanced growth principles to reduce school overcrowding, improve ratio of commercial-to-residential tax revenue, and reduce traffic congestion. Says "smart growth" and more deliberative approach to approving residential developments is needed. Read More

“Brentsville District Supervisor’s Message: W.S. Wally Covington, III”

In newsletter to residents, Covington eyes infrastructure improvement, particularly Rte 29-I66 interchange, as opportunity for more development; notes "unprecedented" three new schools opening in fall 2012 and three more in 2014 to try to keep pace with previous development Read More

“Covington pulls controversial donation”

Covington doesn't believe his $100,000 donation of taxpayer funds to his wife's charity is a conflict of interest, but withdraws it anyway after public outcry Read More

“Hendley focuses on development, infrastructure in Gainesville race”

Hendley supports county "growing responsibly"; favors "linking development not just to transportation but also to general infrastructure, such as making sure there is adequate funding for police, fire departments, schools and other like items to offset [the] cost of more people moving into the area." Says in some cases it would be cheaper for county to buy land it wants to protect from development: "...in the long run development can cost you more .. than just buying [land you want to protect from development] outright." Read More

“They’re passionate about parenting and serving their community”

Feature article about Covington's family notes that he and his parents live on 207 acres of farmland along Vint Hill corridor Read More

“John T. Stirrup, Jr.: Gainesville District Supervisor’s Message”

Stirrup reports on status of western county road projects May 2011 Read More

“Official: Vint Hill lights may hinder traffic”

Covington expresses concern at increasing "pressure" on Vint Hill Road, blames Fauquier County, hints at "four-laning" Vint Hill Road, without mentioning his own property interests there 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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