Prince William

Citizens for Balanced Growth

Year: 2008 (page 1 of 2)

County summary of intent of Centers of Community concept

County summary of intent of Centers of Community concept (previously on county website, but county has since removed links)

Centers of Community should be neighborhood centers for residents to live, shop, dine, recreate, and congregate.
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E-mail exchanges between Ralph Stephenson, BOCS, and Stewart’s Chief of Staff Laurie Cronin

Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart's original position on land use (Dec 2008): Stewart "supportive" of county Planning Commission's suggested land use reforms, which incentivize commercial, residential development of two blighted areas: Yorkshire north of Manassas and the Rte 1 corridor Read More

“The Daily Grind: America’s Worst Small Towns for Commuters; Those in the country’s little spots don’t necessarily have easy trips to work”

Forbes magazine: Commuters along Linton Hall Rd. in VA have worst commute in the country Read More

E-mail alert from PWCBG to county citizens regarding Centers of Commerce/Community proposal

19 Centers of Community, 6 Centers of Commerce would add 30-35,000 homes in Haymarket-Manassas area alone to county's glutted housing market Read More

“Land-use body faces scrutiny”

Leading local residential developers Mark Granville-Smith, Chuck Rector of Weber-Rector, Inc sat on Land Use Advisory Committee, helped develop Centers of Commerce, Centers of Community plans that would create massive increases in county residential housing (adding ~75,000 more taxpayer-subsidized homes to already glutted housing market); county attorney reverses his earlier decision to not investigate the developers on conflict of interest charges; Supervisor Stirrup requests state investigation, noting county attorney's ties to developers Read More

“Planners ok comp plan housing changes; land-use and transpo need more work”

County land use blueprint "tainted" by possible inclusion of developer's proposals on his own land, would add 75,000 more homes to already glutted housing market Read More

“Commercial Developers Happier With County Permit Process”

by Cheryl K. Chumley, News and Messenger

15 Oct 2008, p. A2

“It’s like night and day, Prince William supervisor Martin Nohe, R-Coles, said Tueday, in reference to constituents’ feedback since the county implemented a program to speed the permitting process for commercial development.…

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Prince William County construction plan addressed

County staff promote "Smart Growth" plan calling for 19 Centers of Community (residential housing), 6 Centers of Commerce (mixed commercial-residential) proposed by advisory group; Delegate Marshall criticizes potential conflicts of interest of some of plan's authors, failure of county staff to adequately notify public; citizen criticisms focus on current housing glut, preservationist issues; developer attorney, urging public acceptance, says "the land will be developed one way or another" Read More

Speech at PWC Planning Commission hearing on Centers of Commerce/Community

Does the county need & can taxpayers afford another 75,000 houses, in addition to the tens of thousands already approved but not built and the thousands foreclosed or vacant? Read More

Smart Growth schematic makes inroads into county

County's "huge" Centers of Commerce/Community proposal assumes future mass transit throughout western county, advocates "TDR" program "to trade building rights" between developers Read More
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