Prince William

Citizens for Balanced Growth

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

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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See What You, the People, Achieved: 4 for 4 … (+ Questions for AnnW)

All:   Good news.

Electoral Outcome — On 5 November, the four western and central county candidates whom you and we were able to directly support were all elected to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS):  Yesli Vega (Coles), Jeanine Lawson (Brentsville), Kenny Boddye (Occoquan), and Peter Candland (Gainesville.)  We have deliberately chosen not to list their party affiliations this time because we don’t care. …

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Mr. Bildmore & 1000s of New Houses; Civic Groups/Civic Virtue; Disingenuous Partisanship

Several days ago, Prince William Citizens for Balanced Growth (PWCBG) received an e-mail from a prominent and vocal Rural Crescent (RC) landowner. …

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How BOCS Land Use Decisions Affect You: Before and Beyond 5 Nov Elections

We come to Prince William County’s land use wars reluctantly.  In many ways, this is not our battle.  We have no political ambitions.  Our three children long ago graduated from the now most overcrowded schools in the state.  We are both retired, at least for now, and thus no longer struggle with the tortuous commutes in which way too many of you still suffer for hours every day, unable to spend that time with your loved ones.…

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Stopping the Many-Headed Monster of Out-of-Control Residential Development

As previously noted, working with many other civic groups and some Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) members, we’ve spent over 14 years, now almost 15 trying one-by-one to cut off the hydra heads of out-of-control residential development.  (As you may recall, the hydra was a dangerous and destructive monster in Greek mythology.  It sprouted two new heads for every one that was cut off by those trying to protect themselves and their communities from it.)

Fellow Prince William County citizens:

A prominent Prince William County Democrat who contacted us just this month described how the monster of out-of-control residential development has historically affected his/her party.  Here are excerpts of what he/she said:

“Thank you for compiling and disseminating this very useful research information.  … I want you to know that I feel your pain on a very personal level.”  “It was always a very lonely and frustrating thing [to be a balanced growth/] smart growth Democrat in … PW county…  The Democratic Party is supposed to be the party of forward-looking, fact-based policy dedicated to serving the interests of the general public.  The Prince William Democratic establishment ignored that memo then and they are evidently still ignoring it today.  As hard as we tried to enlighten them to the actual realities and consequences of sprawl, you might think I would be surprised that they still don’t get it.…

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Our Plea to You Re: 5 Nov Election’s Implications for Schools, Roads, Taxes, Rural Crescent

Fellow Prince William County Citizens:

We and many other citizens groups have worked hard to bring limits to residential development in our county so that schools, roads, the environment, and the very limited commercial tax base can begin to recover from more than two decades of out-of-control residential development.…

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BEWARE: Preserving Rural Crescent, Limits on Residential Developers No Longer Supported by Both Parties in 5 Nov Elections

Fellow Prince William County Citizens:

In our nearly 15 years of involvement in county land use issues and almost 20 years living here, pursuing balanced growth land use policies and protecting Prince William County’s Rural Crescent have always been bipartisan issues, including protecting citizens against tax-negative residential development that chokes our roads, overcrowds our schools, raises our taxes, lowers property values, and damages our environment. …

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Board of County Supervisors Votes 20 Sep To Consider Beginning Development of Rural Crescent

“Board looks at new ways to preserve Rural Crescent” by Hillary Chester, Prince William Times,  30

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Board of County Supervisors remove Bi-County Parkway from county comprehensive plan in 4-3 vote; former supporter Stewart absent; Principi claims ‘dirty politics’; Candland calls vote ‘big win’ for citizens

by Jill Palermo, InsideNOVA.com, 18 March 2016

Bi-County Parkway presser
[Pictured:  “Alan Johnson (left) and Philomena Hefter, both residents on Pageland Road in Gainesville, hold a banner that says ‘Say “No!”  to Tri-County Parkway’ during a 2013 protest.
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Planning Commission votes unanimously in support of removing Bi-County Parkway from county’s comprehensive plan

by Jill Palermo, InsideNOVA, 23 February 2016

“For the past 30 years, the controversial Bi-County Parkway has existed only as a line on local and regional transportation planning maps.

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