Protect the future of Vint Hill and Fauquier County!

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Dear Fauquier County Board of Supervisors:
I strongly oppose Vint Hill Village LLC’s proposal to amend the current Vint Hill Comprehensive Plan. Vint Hill Village LLC, and related companies, want to rezone approximately 60 acres in the northwest corner of Vint Hill from industrial/commercial to residential use. Their proposal could involve the building of as many as 573 new homes. Their proposal also proposes moving the “Village Center” from its current location to the northern end of Aiken Road. Finally, Vint Hill Village LLC proposes using land designated for a school site for other purposes.

There are many good reasons to oppose this initiative. First and foremost, the proposal conflicts with the goals stated in the original document: the generation of high-quality jobs and tax revenue in the county. Building several hundred additional homes in Vint Hill serves neither purpose. It actually increases costs to the county while reducing the size of the county’s only Planned Commercial Industrial District (PCID). Second, neither Vint Hill Village LLC nor any other builder has produced a formal market analysis thatc supports a demand for additional housing in the New Baltimore area. Given that several other areas in the Baltimore Service District have already been reserved for the development of housing, I don’t believe that there is a need for still more housing in Vint Hill.

If all these identified areas were developed collectively in the next several years, they would likely generate other problems related to homeowner quality of life and costs, such as:
• Increased power requirements, with associated costs to users
• Increased demand for additional police, fire and rescue services – with their associated costs
• Increased traffic on already crowded local roads, with associated costs tied to maintaining or improving these roads (which are already unsafe in many places and in less than satisfactory condition)
• Increased demand placed on schools in place with a danger of overcrowding them (This would argue against taking the planned school site off the table)
• Increased demand for water and sewage systems, potentially increasing costs to residents
• Parking overflows that could adversely affect traffic flow and safety on Vint Hill’s main roads

The Old Busthead complex is already the de facto Vint Hill retail business center. We should see how the small businesses there fare before building space for additional businesses on Aiken Road.
• Current service businesses are already struggling, not thriving, so additional competition will not help those businesses already operating on Vint Hill.
• Further, Vint Hill is so far off commercial arteries, that it is unlikely that Vint Hill will draw retail business away from Gainesville, New Baltimore, Bristow or Warrenton.

In sum, Vint Hill Village LLC’s proposal to amend the current Vint Hill Comprehensive Plan appears to serve neither the interests of residents like me nor the stated purposes of the original Comprehensive Plan.

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