Prince William

Citizens for Balanced Growth

Year: 2012 (page 1 of 3)

“Stonehaven Development and ‘Getting’ a High School”

"PWC Education Reform Blog" dismisses county planning staff argument that Stonehaven will be good for Bristow-Gainesville area, noting that by the time one high school is delivered, a second would be needed because of the 2,000 new houses that would be built in Stonehaven. Notes high cost to taxpayers of new homes and low proffer levels from developers in Prince William County, compared to neighboring counties. Read More

Local road projects on schedule; ‘hubs’ eyed for future”

"On-schedule" future local transport projects include VRE extension to Gainesville/Haymarket, I-66 widening from US 29 to US 15; Gov. McDonnell-sponsored state initiative seeks to expand public transit in Northern Virginia Read More

“Planners meet with residents about Stone Haven”

At 19 Oct public meeting on Stone Haven, residents express concerns about more residential housing in area leading to even greater overcrowding in schools, as county public schools unable to keep pace with growing number of students; one resident suggests that any housing next to Jiffy Lube Live would probably be low-income housing due to undesirability of location. Read More

Letter to Editor in The Gainesville Times

Brentsville constituent of Supervisor Covington notes his professed intention to receive citizen input on Stone Haven, followed by his failure to broadly publicize, attend citizen input meetings. With 19 Sep e-mail from Brentsville District Supervisor Wally Covington publicizing 9 Oct "public meeting" on "Stone Haven" to some interested parties. Read More

“Some pro, some con on plans to divert future Manassas Battlefield traffic”

VDOT, US Park Service "nearing agreement" on Manassas Battlefield Bypass, which would link up with Tri-County Parkway north of battlefield; critics fear the bypass and parkway would "damage the battlefield's historic character and trigger more development and traffic" Read More

“The Tri-County Parkway is looking like a done deal for Loudoun, Prince William counties”

Tri-County Parkway nearing approval by VDOT, US Park Service, and Loudoun and Prince William counties; would run north-south, west of Manassas Battlefield, and connect I-66, Rte 50. Battlefield "preservation groups are stunned", say VDOT protections "inadequate to protect the Manassas National Battlefield Park, one of the Commonwealth’s most sacred Civil War landscapes" and that the parkway would only spread more sprawl and traffic. Read More

VRE board rejects independent audit request, recommends new CEO

Under Wally Covington chairmanship, representing Prince William County (PWC) Board of County Supervisors (BOCS), Virginia Railway Express (VRE) under investigation by FBI for alleged bribery/kickback activities. Also, outside audit reportedly uncovers suspected fraud, but Covington and other PWC BOCS member on VRE board, Maureen Caddigan, lead way in defeating call for independent investigation. Read More

“Prince William supervisors reject conflict of interest measure”

8 Aug 2012 Board rejects conflict of interest measure that Supervisor Candland says would have led to more transparency and accountability among board members. Last part of meeting held outside board chambers, where there are no video cameras broadcasting online or on local public-access television. This 8 Aug decision follows Board's unanimous 5 Jun 2012 decision "to ban supervisors from doling out 'discretionary funds' to charities, nonprofits and other groups" in response to criticism that "supervisors used the money to build support among key constituencies, turning taxpayer money into political goodwill." Read More

Supervisor May requests that BOCS’ Statements of Economic Interest (financial disclosure forms) be posted publicly

May requests at BOCS Meeting 7 August 2012 that BOCS Supervisors' financial disclosures be made publicly available on county website for the first time so that ordinary citizens may access and view them. Read More

“Planners report on 864-acre undeveloped tract in Gainesville [Stonehaven]; no questions allowed at public meeeting”

"No questions allowed at public meeting" 12 Jul on Stone Haven; Supervisor Covington hints at "industrial uses" of land if not rezoned for residential development, says high school "priority" within Stone Haven Read More
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