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Subject:Re: Kenny Do You Still Support the Rural Crescent (RC)? If So You Must Vote14 Jul Against BCP, Which Will Destroy the RC
Date:Mon, 13 Jul 2020 22:59:00 -0400
From:Stephenson, Ralph
To:Boddye, Kenny <kboddye@pwcgov.org>
CC:Vega, Yesli <yvega@pwcgov.org>, Candland, Peter <gainesville@pwcgov.org>, Candland, Peter <PCandland@pwcgov.org>, Jeanine Lawson <jlawson@pwcgov.org>

Thank you, Kenny, for being a man of your word on the RC.  Appreciate your support.   : )  Regards, Ralph & Kathy


On Mon, Jul 13, 2020, 10:14 PM Boddye, Kenny <kboddye@pwcgov.org> wrote:

Good Evening Ralph & Kathy,

Thank you for reaching out to me about this. The Board was not made aware of the recommendations of the Economic Recovery Taskforce until we were given an early version of the agenda, which was on Thursday. I had a meeting with our Economic Development Department today about the set of programs in that package and resolution, including the Bi-County Parkway. While I doubt Christina Winn was aware of the history of it (she was only hired and brought into the county last year, after all) I have no doubt members of her team have been around long enough to know that it should not have been included without some sort of forewarning of the public or the Supervisors.

That all said, I do not support the Bi-County Parkway. As you illustrated below, the Bi-County Parkway and the Rural Crescent are diametrically opposed, and with our current land use policies and developer culture, one cannot exist if the other does. I maintain that we should not be introducing the CR-1 (cluster, sewer and water) zoning or the Bi-County Parkway as we have not even introduced incentives to conserve, retain and promote the Rural Crescent.

I have already signaled to Supervisors Vega and Candland that I’m willing to support a motion to amend the resolution to remove the Bi-County Parkway and Data Center Overlay expansion items from the list of programs put forth in that agenda item. I have also voiced this to Chair Wheeler and Supervisor Franklin.

I will not support the resolution and program package as is, and you know how the math of the BOCS works – without my vote or that of Supervisors Candland, Vega and Lawson, the other Supervisors cannot pass anything.

Thank you again for reaching out and feel free to share my stance.

Kenny A. Boddye

Occoquan District Supervisor

2241-K Tacketts Mill Drive | Woodbridge VA, 22192

(E) KBoddye@pwcgov.org | (O) 703-792-4643 | (C) 703-638-8430


From: Stephenson, Ralph & Kathy
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 9:59 PM
To: Boddye, Kenny <kboddye@pwcgov.org>
Cc: Stephenson, Ralph & Kathy
Subject: Kenny Do You Still Support the Rural Crescent (RC)? If So You Must Vote14 Jul Against BCP, Which Will Destroy the RC

Hi, Kenny.  Greetings to you.  Hope you’re healthy and doing well.

As we believe you already know, the Bi-County Parkway will break open the Rural Crescent to residential developers to build — over time — thousands of new houses there.  It will thus effectively end the Rural Crescent (RC).

We and many others supported you during the 2019 campaign precisely because you repeatedly and passionately promised then and since that you would protect the RC from residential developers and place some other limits on residential development as well, unlike the other successful and unsuccessful BOCS Democratic candidates.
 
You cannot support both the BCP and the RC — they are mutually exclusive, mutually incompatible goals.  If you support the Rural Crescent, you also cannot march in lockstep with the other four Democrats who will almost certainly enthusiastically support BCP.  (Victor Angry, as you know, opposed the joint Candland-Principi-Lawson proposal to support the RC last summer, as did your predecessor Ruth Anderson.  Chair Wheeler made it very clear to us on 5 March, our only meeting with her, that she enthusiastically and categorically supports BCP.  It’s hard to imagine Franklin and Bailey, who so far have not been friendly to west- and mid-county, not voting with Wheeler.)

Also, if this is such a great idea, why is it being handled in such a sneaky manner, buried amid Covid-19 funding votes and only being revealed at the last minute?  We hope you agree that transparency in government and democratic processes are an integral part of democracy and freedom, yet Chair Wheeler is once again showing her contempt for transparency and democratic processes.
 
So, Kenny, will you honor your repeated campaign pledge to protect the Rural Crescent?  If so, you must vote against the BCP tomorrow.  No excuses.  Your vote will, undoubtedly, be the deciding vote.

Regards,

Ralph & Kathy, Prince William Citizens for Balanced Growth


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Subject:ALERT: Bi-County Parkway is back
Date:Tue, 14 Jul 2020 00:04:29 +0000
From:Supervisor Pete Candland <gainesville@pwcgov.org>
Reply-To:Supervisor Pete Candland <gainesville@pwcgov.org>
To:Ralph & Kathy Stephenson
Dear Friends,

Since being elected to represent you almost eight years ago, I have heard people refer to the Bi-County Parkway (a highway that runs north from I-66 to Rt. 50) as the “Zombie Highway” since it is a project that never seems to die. A few years ago, I joined thousands of Prince William County residents and opposed this highway that would destroy the Rural Crescent, add more traffic to our roads, and build a truck super-highway from I-95 to Rt. 50 in Loudoun. 

The people of Prince William County realized very quickly that the Bi-County Parkway wasn’t about “getting to Dulles Airport quicker” as we were told, but about being a windfall of new housing developments along the route and easing truck traffic along the Beltway.

I stood with many of you as we fought VDOT and a Governor’s administration that was intent on ramming this project through. In the end, they both backed down and we took a step further and had the project removed from our County’s Comprehensive Plan. 

But like all good zombie movies, the villain never seems to die. 

Hidden deep within a COVID-19 economic development package on tomorrow’s agenda is a vote to support the Bi-County Parkway. It is clear that the big developers who tried to brazenly ram this project through seven years ago, are trying to sneak it through tomorrow.

You can read the agenda item 9-B by CLICKING ON THIS LINK.

Please take a few minutes and send an email to the entire Board of County Supervisors at bocs@pwcgov.org and express your opinion on the Bi-County Parkway. 

Once again, it is time to stand against this “Zombie Highway.”

Sincerely,
Pete Candland, Supervisor
Gainesville Magisterial District