This meeting served two primary purposes. It gave committee members the opportunity to hear about the Legislative Priorities of PWC’s Delegation to the General Assembly, and it gave the committee the opportunity to authorize a convention to select a candidate to replace Corey Stewart as the supervisor representing the Occoquan district. In addition the meeting provided the opportunity to disseminate accurate information about the “Prince William Board of County Supervisors’ recent decision to consider a 12-month moratorium on home building.”
Convention Call for a Special Election
When Corey Stewart was elected as the Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, that create a vacancy. Stewart was required to give up his seat on the board as the member from the Occoquan District. Hence we have another special election coming up.
To select a candidate to run as the member on Board of Supervisors from the Occoquan District, the Committee authorized a special convention on December 16, 2006. The election itself is expected some time in January 2007. Currently, I know of two Republican candidates for the position, John Gray and Mike May.
Delegate Lingamfelter began his presentation by referencing an article he wrote for the Richmond Times Dispatch. Lingamfelter’s article called for Republicans political leaders to reassert Reagan’s principles. Based upon that prescription, Lingamfelter pledged that he would fight to spend the budget surplus on transportation needs and that would fight any tax increases.
Lingamfelter noted that he had received a phone call from a reporter from the Washington Post. The reporter had a question about a comment that Governor Kaine had made about him and Delegate Jeffrey M. Frederick in response to a question about the “Prince William Board of County Supervisors’ recent decision to consider a 12-month moratorium on home building.” These comments and Lingamfelter’s response appeared in today’s paper . The paper provides the gist of the exchange.
The governor said that Prince William voters ought to contact two of their state delegates — L. Scott Lingamfelter and Jeffrey M. Frederick, two Republicans on the House Finance Committee who helped defeat the major transportation proposals in September. If voters really want transportation solutions out of Richmond, Kaine said, they might think about replacing those two.
“I understand their frustration,” Kaine said. “It’s a huge frustration. But the good news is it can be solved. All it takes to solve it is to make that change.”
Lingamfelter said last night that he stands by his votes because they make good on his promise to oppose higher taxes. “I have kept my promise,” Lingamfelter said. “Governor Kaine has not.”
Delegate McQuigg primarily took questions from the audience. The questions and her responses indicated considerable frustration with the Republican delegation in the Virginia Senate. The Senate’s insistance on raising taxes does not make that body popular with either this group or the House of Delegates.
McQuigg noted her frustration with the Senate and that she has a tutorial on her web site that provides instruction on how to influence legislation. This, obviously, was a plea for assistance in overcoming the obstinacy of the Virginia Senate.
Accurate Information on the Moratorium.
Below is the resolution that Supervisor Wally Covington proposed that the Prince William County Board of Supervisors consider. This resolution is not a moratorium on new construction. It is instead a moratorium on rezoning.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Prince William County Board of Supervisors does hereby call for an immediate halt to any new housing rezonings until December 31, 2007, during which time the 2008 Comprehensive Plan will undergo update, deliberation and implementation, or until the 2007 General Assembly passes a comprehensive transportation plan to reduce traffic gridlock in Prince William County, whichever comes first;
FURTHERMORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Prince William County Board of Supervisors does hereby respectfully request Governor Timothy M. Kaine and the 2007 General Assembly to prioritize the upcoming legislative agenda to include
passage of Adequate Public Facilities legislation to empower local officials to determine land use as it relates to available or planned transportation infrastructure.