YET ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT

So what is the latest development proposal? Well, the Bristow Beat has this little story.

A public interest meeting has been announced to discuss the building of the Stove Haven housing development along Linton Hall Road between Wellington and Devlin Road in Bristow. Currently it is zoned as agricultural or estate, but would be rezoned for residential mixed community.

The meeting will be held at Piney Branch Elementary School, along Linton Hall Road at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. (continued here)

If you want more details, the Bristow Beat has a link to a document at the Prince William Conservation Alliance‘s website.

I first heard about this meeting yesterday in an email from Jeanine Lawson. In the last election Lawson ran against our current Brentsville District Supervisor, Wally Covington, and she has remained politically active. In fact, she is a newly elected member of the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee.

Lawson left no doubt she opposes the Stone Haven housing development, and she expressed some consternation at the short notice for the meeting. She wondered why the Board of Supervisors would announce this meeting at the last-minute during a period when so many are taking summer vacations.

The area for the proposed the Stone Haven housing development is now zoned as a Flexible Employment Center (FEC). The developer wants it rezoned to residential mixed community, that is a combination of Suburban Residential Low (SRL), Suburban Residential Medium (SRM), and General Commercial (GC). What does that all mean?Here is a glossary.

What follows are Lawson’s talking points against the rezoning.

We NEED Professional Jobs: 2/3 PWC residents commute outside of PWC-We are the bedroom county of NOVA-let’s change that.  We NEED professional job growth-not more homes or retail jobs! FEC is designated for office space and very little retail space; make professional job growth their #1 Priority!

There are already 25,000 + approved homes in the pipeline.  More houses= More traffic and More students; Imagine the burden to Gville Middle School & Marstellar. Which will ultimately spill over to Bull Run and Reagan putting us back to excessive overcrowded #s  not to mention our local elementary schools.  Patriot HS will be at or over capacity this coming year.  We don’t have to bargain for a new h.s. site.   How about our school division purchase a new h.s. land site where they and citizens deem fit and let the developer proffer elementary sites so our future communities are walkable as per the goal stated in the attached document.

Delayed Proffer collection: H.B. 374 A BILL to delay collection or acceptance of a cash proffer by a locality until issuance of a certificate of occupancy. (HB374E) This is now Virginia law therefore delaying construction of infrastructure.

More homes will have a negative fiscal impact-more homes will further weaken our tax base; 86% of PWC is already dependent on residential taxes; too many eggs in one basket; hence higher taxes for you and me! If we grow our commercial tax base, the burden is lifted off our shoulders

Our struggling home values will hurt more! Short sales and Foreclosures are still very much alive!

Already zoned FEC land is ideal next to Jiffy Lube Live-it’s an illogical location for another community

Our Levels of Service ie: Police, Fire, Libraries, Parks etc already lack-more homes will add to this

Lawson’s arguments make sense. However, what Lawson suggests is at best only a short-term solution. We must eventually address the root of the problem, urban sprawl. Due to zoning regulations and government-funded roads for developers, we have spread the Washington D.C. metropolis far and wide. Stop and consider the number of miles that separates the average citizen in Prince William from his or her work place. Why? The reason is absurd. Because there are so many development restrictions in Fairfax County, people have to come out to Prince William to buy a house they can afford. Hence we waste huge sums on gasoline and in new infrastructure development.

You got money? You want to live in the “country” where everyone has to have ten acres to build a house. You also want to live close to work? Then you can live in Fairfax County, but the “poor folk” have to live in Prince William and commute tens of miles to work. Sounds silly, but that is what so-called government planning gets you.

Unfortunately, because we build so much of our infrastructure using tax dollars (and the government can never keep up), for the sake of our children we must demand that the next wave of immigrants to the Washington metropolis buy homes in Fauquier County, and that’s nuts.

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