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“Bi-County Pkwy foes win again: Board resolution ties parkway plans to the PW Battlefield Bypass”

by Dan Roem, Gainesville Times

24-30 July 2013, pp. A1, A3

“Score another one for opponents of the Bi-County Parkway.

“On July 16, the Board of  County Supervisors unanimously approved a citizens’ resolution stating that Prince William County will not support the closure of U.S. 29 and Route 234 inside the Manassas National Battlefield Park without the completion of a bypass road around the battlefield.

“The Bi-County Parkway would link Manassas to Dulles.  While exact plans are not solidified, officials have said they might close U.S. 29 and Route 234 inside the battlefield as part of the overall parkway plan.

“A related proposal would close U.S. 29 and Route 234 inside the battlefield and would intead create the Battlefield Bypass to reroute traffic around the park.

“With enough money and public support, officials could do both — close the roads and build both the bypass and the parkway.  They could also do just one or the other — create the bypass or the parkway.

“Last week’s vote means that the county doesn’t want the roads closed for the parkway unless the bypass is also being built.  That amounts to a victory for opponents of the Bi-County Parkway because forcing the construction of the Battlefield Bypass first would add considerably to the cost of the overall plan, making it less likely that the parkway would ever happen.

“But while that resolution is the latest in a string of victories for opponents of the Bi-County Parkway, it’s debatable whether the board’s declaration has teeth behind it or is merely symbolic.

” ‘It actually does have teeth to it because the assistant attorney general made a ruling that they could not take a secondary road without the Board of County Supervisors agreeing to it,’ said Mary Ann Ghadban, a Pageland Lane resident who helped draft the resolution.

“As proof, she pointed to a Dec. 18 email to several Virginia Department of Transportation staffers.  Virginia’s senior assistant attorney general Ellen Porter stated that ‘it would be difficult to successfully argue that (the) public is being served by VDOT abandoning a road that is in demand by drivers.’

“While Porter’s statement is not an official ruling, it is an indication that the state would be unlikely to move against the county’s wishes.

“Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland (R) said on Thursday that the ‘teeth’ is whether VDOT or Manassas National Battlefield Park superintendent Ed Clark ‘want to consider the feelings of the Board of County Supervisors.’

“Candland said there is a ‘a lot of uncertainty’ about where Clark will stand on the transportation issues but as the battlefield superintendent, his opinion will carry weight.

“With VDOT Secretary Sean Connaughton, who is a former Prince William Board of County Supervisors chairman himself, due to speak to the board on Aug. 6, it appears county residents and elected official alike may receive at least some hint about whether the July 16 resolution will have any sort of impact on the debate.

“Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart (R), who supports the Bi-County Parkway and is Connaughton’s successor, asked for a change in the wording of the reolution to make it clear [that] it would ‘reaffirm’ rather than ‘confirm’ county policy.

” ‘This is not a change to county policy,’ said Stewart at the board meeting.

“The board voted 8-0 in favor of that wording and two minor technical changes.

“The resolution means that even advocates of the Bi-County Parkway do not like the idea of either road being shut down until there is a completed new road around the battlefield in place.

“However, opponents of the parkway, such as Candland, say they’re against that road under any circumstance, so the resolution should not be seen as a tactical endorsement of the parkway even if the Battlefield Bypass is built first.

” ‘Let me be clear: I’m against this road, the Bi-County Parkway, regardless,’ said Candland.  ‘It’s not a good use of taxpayer money.’

“He later added that the opposition to closing Route 234 inside the battlefield ‘could be one of those avenues to stop this from happening.’

“One alternative to the Bi-County Parkway is an eastern route, generally known as the Tri-County Parkway, that would run parallel to Route 28.

“The extension of Godwin Drive through Manassas and Yorkshire and out in to Fairfax County, eventually leading to Dulles in Loudoun County, is being pushed by state House Majority Whip Jackson Miller (R-50th), who represents Manassas.

[Note: House Majority Whip Jackson Miller, a realtor by profession, is generally considered a residential developer ally and receives more campaign funding from developers than any other group — about 25% of all funding — per the official Virginia campaign finance website Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP): .]

“So far, opponents of the Bi-County Parkway seem to be considering it as potentially viable.

” ‘That would be a good solution in light of the fact that you have the right-of-way’ already provided, said Ghadban, who backs a rural road around the battlefield too.

“To Candland, the Tri-County Parkway ‘is definitely a better alternative’ than the Bi-County Parkway because the Bi-County Parkway ‘does not solve any sort of traffic issue for the citizens in Prince William County’ while the Tri-County Parkway would alleviate some north-south congestion.

“However, he said, ‘I don’t know enough about the Tri-County Parkway’ to deem whether it is a completely acceptable alternative.”

“Stone Haven eyed for High School – Officials worry development would add to school overcrowding”

by Dan Roem, Gainesville Times

24-30 April 2013

“To hear Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland (R) discuss the potential Stone Haven development project in Bristow, officials from Prince William County are fixing something they are in the process of breaking.

“In this case, he’s referring to overcrowding in local schools.

” ‘We’re solving a little bit of a problem but we’re actually solving a problem we’re creating,’ said Candland during a conference call on April 15.

“Last month, the Board of County Supervisors voted 5-3 to initiate a Comprehensive Plan amendment that allows homes, rather than just businesses, to be built at Stone Haven.

“The initiation merely begins the process – supervisors could still nix the proposal before it is finalized.

“While no offer is officially on the table to develop the 864-acre property, the prospect of more than 900 homes coming to the area means that Stonewall Jackson High School could become overcrowded unless a new high school is built in the area.

“However, a site for the 13th high school in the county may be in store at Stone Haven.

“Dave Beavers, who is the supervisor of planning and financial services for the county’s school system, said during a phone interview last week that more homes coming into western Prince William County means more potential overcrowding at local schools.

” ‘The easy answer is, we look at the projected enrollments at Patriot and Battlefield and even Stonewall Jackson and we look out in the long term and we see, even in the short term, that there’s going to be an overcrowding situation and we’re going to need seats in those areas,’ said Beavers. ‘We’re looking to a find a site that will be close to all three of those school’s attendance areas.’

“Stone Haven is located east of Patriot, south of Battlefield and west of Stonewall Jackson.

“In other words, it fits the description offered by Beavers as a potential site where a new high school could help lower future attendance numbers at other schools.

“Beavers explained that those who crunch numbers regarding the school system’s capital improvements projects are analyzing what would be the impact of more than 900 homes coming into the area where Stone Haven is located.

” ‘If a land developer is aggressively moving into that area, that could affect our enrollment timing-wise when we see additional students,’ said Beavers.

“According to a document authored by county officials revised on Nov. 16, 2012, the school staff has ‘discussed with the Hunter Trust, owners of the Stone Haven property, the potential inclusion of a high school site within the Stone Have property. This would be provided (Prince William County schools) as a proffer that would be a part of some undetermined rezoning for the property.’

“Additionally, staffers of the school system ‘have identified at least one other potential site that could be purchased outside of any rezoning case,’ the report states.

” ‘High schools generally require approximately 80 acres to accommodate all the needs of the school and associated fields and other uses. The purchase of 80 acres would likely cost the school division several million dollars.’

“Currently, Stonewall Jackson High is still under capacity, though just by a hair.

“When the 2011-2012 school year ended last June, Stonewall tallied 2,259 enrolled students, according to figures provided by the county school system.

“With a capacity for 2,409 students, that meant Stonewall last year operated at just under 93.8 percent capacity.

“Future school projection figures released by the county Planning Office show that by the 2016-2017 school year, Stonewall Jackson will have 2,581 students, which is above its capacity of 2,409.

“The 13th high school is not due to open until September 2019.

“That is three years after the 12th high school, located south of Hoadly Road in Woodbridge along Route 234, opens in 2016.

“By the 2021-2022 school year, county planners project 3,247 students (134.8 percent capacity) would attend Stonewall Jackson if no other school is there to alleviate its projected student growth.

“Meanwhile, Piney Branch Elementary School (152.3 percent) and Gainesville Middle School (150.7 percent) would be well over capacity by then too.

“When Patriot High School in Nokesville opened in September of 2011, some Stonewall Jackson students transferred there.

“Even though Candland voted against the Stone Haven change to the Comprehensive Plan because the project is ‘too large,’ he said last week that he is hopeful the area ‘would be the site of the new western end high school, which obviously would significantly relieve the pressure.’

“His aide Reece Collins wrote in a follow-up e-mail, ‘Supervisor Candland is hoping that there is a component in the Stone Haven project that addresses school overcrowding issues.  That could include property for a 13th high school or other mitigation measures.’ “


“New Gainesville supervisor Peter Candland plans to do a lot of listening”

by E. Bruce Davis, Bull Run Observer

20 January 2012, p. 3

“On Dec. 19, 2011 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center and with Robyn, his wife and three of their four children at his side, Peter K. Candland (R) was sworn in as Gainesville District Supervisor of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. He was elected on Nov. 8 to the position held for two terms by John Stirrup (R), who instead ran for state senate. Candland won a fire-candidate republican primary before defeating Ann Wheeler, democrat.

” ‘John Stirrup was a tremendous help,’ Candland said. ‘After the primary win he called, congratulated me and asked how he could help. I will try to use Stirrup as a prototype.’  He will hold regular town meetings, distribute newsletters, and attend HOA meetings throughout the district.

” ‘I plan to do a lot of listening. You cannot get into trouble listening,’ Candland said. ‘We have a diverse district and concerns and issues vary widely.’  Listening and watching led to Candland’s decision to run for office. As president of the Parks at Piedmont HOA, he saw Stirrup’s efforts in securing a sound wall adjacent to I-66 for the subdivision’s benefit.

” ‘I have always been very active in the community so it dawned on me to work with the HOA,’ Candland said. ‘John Stirrup showed me you could make a difference. Later I got on a budget committee to advise him in one area.’  Candland will form his own to keep himself abreast of county budget matters. He vows to deliver on campaign promises to keep county taxes low. He plans to recruit high-paying jobs to the county, work with state government on providing adequate roads, provide quality education, and adhere to the rule of law on immigration matters. He intends, ‘to protect the Rural Crescent while encouraging measured growth initiatives.’

” ‘I have always wanted to serve,’ said 37 year-old Candland. He grew up in Potomac, MD, the second youngest of ten children. He saw his father work in the community. Candland played sports, excelling as a basketball three-point shooter. He later became a basketball referee. He achieved the high rank of Life in Boy Scouts. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Marymount University. He served his two-year Mormon mission in Las Vegas where he said few are natives but many need help.

“Candland worked on payroll, marketing and budgeting in his in-laws’ business in California before moving back east. He worked three years with an international telecom company and now is a strategist for an international technology company. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

“Robyn taught fifth grade at Bennett Elementary School in Manassas. She served during the campaign, as Candland knocked on 2000 doors and held many ‘meet and greets.’  They have four children, Lauren (11), Natalie (9), Ryan (5) and Paige (2.) Candland loves family activities and served as a soccer coach. He now must balance family, work and new time-consuming supervisory responsibilities.

” ‘I asked John Stirrup how much time being a supervisor takes and he said, “It will take all of the time you give it,” ‘ said Candland. ‘John added, “Get a good scheduler.” ‘  Robyn will shoulder some of the added family responsibility, but Candland will remain an active father.

” ‘I have a great support system, my family, staff and volunteers,’ Candland said. ‘We are bringing in a great full-time staff of three constituents’ services.’ He plans to have an open house soon. The Gainesville District Office is in the Sudley North Government Center, 7873 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Call 703-92-6195 or go to”

“Black, Candland win primary”

by Dan Roem, The Gainesville Times

25 August 2011, pp. A1, A4

“Former Del. Dick Black (R) will have a chance to redeem his 2005 state House loss this fall as he secured a 113-vote win over Gainesville District Supervisor John Stirrup (R) Tuesday night in the 13th District state Senate Republican primary.

“He joins four other GOP primary winners for western Prince William County races.

“Brentsville District Supervisor Wally Covington (R) defeated Bristow resident Jeanine Lawson by 5 percent [157 votes.]

“Gainesville District nominee Peter Candland (R) topped his closest rival, Gainesville District Planning Commissioner Martha Hendley, by nearly 10 points in a five-person field for the right to take on Ann Wheeler (D) in the fall. [passage omitted]

“Like in 2007, Covington does not face a general election challenger.  The rest of the GOP contenders in Prince William face Democratic opponents in the fall.  [passage omitted]

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“In the race to replace Stirrup on the Board of County Supervisors, Candland ran the most organized campaign out of the five candidates vying for the job.

“Upon entry, he immediately contacted local media outlets, hired a local GOP insider to manage his campaign, issued press releases and poured his own money into the race while soliciting more individual contributions from other donors than anyone else.

“Quietly, the Republicans establishment, such as Stewart, encouraged Candland without publicly making a scene out of it.  At the same time Candland’s campaign team knocked on about 1,500 doors.

“He successfully targeted Stirrup supporters and focused on reaching voters in residential subdivisions like Parks at Piedmont and Dominion Valley along with chunks of Manassas while Hendley relied on fellow control-growth supporters as her base.

“Candland’s team also placed volunteers at each precinct within the district on Election Day, giving him an advantage over each candidate.

” ‘We were very disciplined throughout the campaign. We came up with a plan. We knew the money we wanted to hit, to raise for the campaign, and we stuck to it,’ said Candland.

“He overcame contrast mailers from Hendley that noted Candland did not sign the Rural Crescent pledge, something he said he avoided due to ideological disagreements on other issues with the person behind it.

” ‘I am a supporter of the Rural Crescent. To me, it is a settled issue,’ said Candland.

“However, he added, ‘I’m not a no-growth person.’

“Candland advocates for what he called a ‘measured approach’ that includes focus on repairing and improving roads.

“Wheeler has signed the Rural Crescent pledge and the issue of growth is likely to play a key role in [the] general election campaign.

“According to Candland, ‘Ann is no slouch.  She has a good following, she has raised a good amount of money.’

” ‘I think Ann is really well connected and she’s going to work really, really hard,’ said [PWC Democratic Party Chairman Bruce] Roemmelt.  ‘I see an advantage for us because these other guys are so divided.'”

“Candland in race for Gainesville supervisor”

by Rose Murphy, Bull Run Observer

17 June 2011, p. 22

” ‘I don’t have to look any further than my four children for motivation to try to make my community the best place it can be.  My focus is on the future of Prince William County and the Gainesville District.  I want my kids to have a safe, vibrant community to call home,’ says Peter Candland in reporting why he wants to represent Gainesville District on Prince William Board of County supervisors.

“Candland is one of five Republicans running in the Aug. 23 primary election to become the GOP candidate to succeed John Stirrup, a fellow Republican, as supervisor.  Sitrrup is running for the new 13th state senate district.  One Democrat has filed for the Nov. 8 general election for supervisor, and was unopposed at presstime.

“The candidate explains his concerns for Gainesville include having ‘a strong quality of life in Gainesville that includes great schools, efficient transporation, lower taxes and high-paying jobs.  These are the issues I intend to address.’

“In discussing the Rural Crescent, Candland says, ‘We need to preserve the Rural Crescent.  Prince William County has great natural resources, and county government should be mindful to conserve our natural beauties.’

“The Republican notes he supports ‘a balanced approach between conservation and meeting the needs of our citizens’ when it comes to growth in the county.

” ‘We need to make sure that our infrastructure needs are not overlooked as we maintain a community that supports families and workers,’ he adds.

“Candland suggests the best way to address transportation issues is to create local jobs ‘so that citizens can live and work in the same community.  I support the county’s road-building efforts, and I support other initiatives like VRE and other commuting options.’

“As the father of four children, the candidate says he understands how important good schools are.

” ‘I believe we have some of the best teachers and administrators in the State of Virginia working in PWC.  We need to reduce the number of trailers at our schools and continue funding new schools where needed.  Education is critical to econommic development, and it should not be overlooked,’ Candland asserts.

“The candidate adds he supports the county’s Rule of Law resolution, ‘which has undoubtedly made our communities safer by deporting criminal illegal aliens.’  He stresses the importance of the county’s public safety staff’s having the resources it needs ‘to protect the safety, security and quality of life of citizens in Prince William.’

“Candland explains he is excited about the opportunity to serve his community and preserve a great future for his children ages 1-11.

” ‘My campaign is about the Prince William County of tomorrow, and I will fight every day to preserve a vibrant future for my children, the Gainesville District and Prince William County,’ he remarks.

“The candidate has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master of buisness administration degree from Marymount University.  He works for an international technology company in Northern Virginia, where he specializes in company strategy and contract negotiations.

“Candland and wife Robyn live in the Piedmont community, where he heads the homeowners’ association.  The couple also is active in its church.  Robyn is a former county schoolteacher, and both are active in their children’s school and sports activities.”

The following is a mid-July 2011 Facebook exchange between PWCBG’s Ralph Stephenson and Gainesville Supervisor Candidate Peter Candland in which Candland states his support for PWCBG’s balanced growth principles:

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From: Facebook <>
Date: Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 2:42 PM
Subject: Peter Candland sent you a message on Facebook…
To: Ralph Stephenson

Peter Candland
Hi Ralph. Sorry its taken me a while to get back in touch with you. I hope things are going well. I reviewed your web page and agree with your sentiment. I believe we need to take a responsible approach to all growth and development within the county. We need to ensure that we have the infrastructure in place for our residents and hold the developers to a higher standard then we’ve seen in the past. As you know, I have a business background – specifically in contract negotiations…I will bring this expertise when dealing with developers and make sure we are looking out for the best interests of our citizens. Let me know if you want to discuss further. Thanks. Peter
Conversation History


Ralph Stephenson 1:51pm Jul 3
Hi, Peter. I understand you’re running for Gainesville District supervisor in the 23 Aug Republican primary. I represent Prince William Citizens for Balanced Growth.

I noticed in the 17 Jun BRO article that you said you support “a balanced approach between conservation and meeting the needs of our citizens” when it comes to growth in the county. If you can, please let me know if you’re supportive of the following:

Look forward to hearing from you. Ralph Stephenson

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