Prince William

Citizens for Balanced Growth

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Secrets of Devlin Road That Developers Will Never Tell You

[7 Mar 2020 updated version of mass e-mail by Prince William Citizens for Balanced Growth, based on updated information from Prince William County government]

Fellow Prince William County citizens: 

In a recent email, we noted that on 10 March 2020 the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) will vote on the over-500-house Devlin Road residential development proposal. …

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10 Mar Devlin Vote Tests Inclusivity of New Dem-Majority BOCS; 24 Feb Devlin Rd Town Hall

[Mass e-mail by Prince William Citizens for Balanced Growth]

Fellow citizens:

Devlin Road Returns — Prince William County residential developers are trying yet again to revive an already-thrice-failed effort to put hundreds of new houses (over 500 this time) on a portion of Devlin Rd. …

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URGENT: Stop Stewart’s Sneaky Scheme To Add 516 More Houses on Devlin Road Now, Before Term Ends

[Mass e-mail by Prince William Citizens for Balanced Growth]

All: Please note that Prince William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) Chairman Corey Stewart, who leaves office at the end of December 2019, is making a last-ditch effort to get approval over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays for 516 more houses on Devlin Road.…

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“Teachers can make $15,000 more just by moving to the district next door”

In 10 major DC-area public school districts, teacher pay varies widely. Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park the lowest, paying up to $20K less than close-in counties. Read More

E-mail exchanges between PWCBG co-founders and PWC BOCS Chairman Corey Stewart

Board of County Supervisors Chairman Stewart challenged by PWCBG on his post-Brentswood (2006) "180-degree reversal of position" in which he now ignores the "harmful effects of high-density, tax revenue-negative housing on school overcrowding, traffic congestion, local taxes, the environment" and supports harmful housing developments like Stone Haven, Brentswood's successor project. Stewart replies to PWCBG, fails to specifically defend Stone Haven; numerous "falsities" in his response, conflicts of interest noted. Connection seen between Stewart's "apparent loss of interest in balanced, managed residential growth and the fact that" he's set his "sights on higher political office" and now needs "a lot of housing developer money to run for statewide office." Read More

E-mail from PWCBG co-founder to BOCS Vice Chairman and Brentsville District Supervisor Wally Covington

Board of County Supervisors Vice Chairman Covington refuses to respond to PWCBG queries regarding his "serious conflicts of interest on land use issues", including apparent efforts to enrich himself by steering land development towards his own considerable land holdings in Brentsville District. Unlike Chairman Stewart, Covington ignores PWCBG queries regarding his misrepresentations and attempts to mislead media and local citizens about new high school, developer proffers, the high cost to taxpayers of most residential development, and Stone Haven, successor project to the failed 2005-06 Brentswood residential development rezoning plan; appears to be "shilling for the developers yet again". Read More

“Stewart, Harrover, Jones and Johns talk about visions and challenges”

Stewart notes negative impact of sequestration on county, emphasizes Tri-County Parkway to Dulles. Stewart claims county's commercial-to-residential real estate tax revenue ratio has improved, with 23% of revenue now coming from commercial, though county records reveal that only 14% comes from commercial. PW School Board President Johns discusses impact of rapid growth on schools. Read More

“At Committee of 100, panelists debate whether county has ‘lost’ its vision”

PW "Committee of 100" debates "whether county has lost its vision" on land use. Panelist and PWCBG co-founder Bob Pugh notes that county has "decided not to do" fiscal impact studies on development projects, adding that "in 2002 and 2003, taxes skyrocketed because of excess residential development that didn't" pay "its way in taxes." He concludes that "we're building a low-wage service economy in Prince William County" where "population growth outstrips job growth" and are fast becoming a bedroom community with no room for tax-revenue-positive commercial development. Read More

“Experts debate future of PW land use”

Local non-profit PW "Committee of 100" debate reviews county's land use strategy. Residential development results in "a net revenue loss for the county of about $900 per unit and contributes to higher tax rates"; only "residences worth more than $385,000 are actually revenue-positive for the county". County highly dependent on residential (sted commercial) taxes for revenues, although county's commercial vacancy rates relatively low; panelist and PWCBG co-founder Bob Pugh says county should wait for and actively court more commercial instead of jumping at residential development plans that worsen the low commercial to residential tax revenue ratio. Read More

PWC 100 January 30 Program — Prince William County Land Use Planning: Is Our Vision Slipping?

Video of 90-minute debate reported in the two news reports immediately above. Topic: "It has been almost 40 years since Prince William Board of County Supervisors developed its first Comprehensive Plan. Since that time, the population of the county has increased fivefold. The Prince William Committee of 100 is pleased to offer a program where a panel of experts will examine whether the long term vision for proper land use is still being given the proper emphasis." Read More
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