Petitioning Prince William County Planning Commission and 1 other

Stop a Builder's Proposal to Construct 400 Homes at the PW Pkwy & Liberia Ave

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[October 26, 2017 updates are in brackets]

A builder wants to purchase 100 acres of land at Prince William Parkway (PWP) and Liberia Avenue (the Kline Farm). Their plan is to build [previously 400 to 392] homes ([previously 265 to 329] townhouses, [previously 135 to 63] single family homes), but that will require significant modification to the land's Prince William County (PWC) zoning, which currently only allows for homes to be built on 1-5 acre lots or 10 acre lots. The builder also wants to incorporate retail space to include a Sheetz, CVS, storage facility, and a drive through fast food restaurant.

This plan causes numerous concerns:

- To those of us who live here, it is irrefutable that the surrounding roads simply cannot handle the additional automobile traffic that these homes will produce (estimate: ~15,000+ additional trips per day). The builder has proposed to widen the PWP, make triple left lanes by the Harris Teeter, and add lights to surrounding roads. However, many of us are concerned about the safety issues this raises for cars and pedestrians. Additionally, it does not address other significantly impacted roads: Other portions of Liberia Ave., Route 28, Wellington Road, Yates Ford Road, and the town of Clifton.

- It will significantly change the rural landscape of this section of PWC. In addition to the many homes that would be built on little to no lots, there are already plenty of gas stations, fast food restaurants, and drug stores on Liberia Avenue and Wellington Road, more of the same businesses are not desired.

- Nearby residents are concerned about potential impacts on their well water.

Home values: many are concerned that increased housing options in this area will reduce demand and drive home values down. [Additionally, the value of the proposed townhomes would not contribute enough in taxes to pay for the county services they would consume.]

Schools: are they prepared to handle a large number of additional students (see article below)? [The builder is now proposing to leave acreage open on the property for an elementary school site- not building the school- but leaving land for future construction. To make room on the property, they have increased the number of townhomes and decreased the number of single family homes.]

- Will local response teams (firefighters, police, ambulances) be prepared to handle the large number of additional residents?

- What environmental impacts might a plan of this magnitude impose (not only the construction impacts and well water concerns, but what about our air quality with significantly more vehicle trips per day)?

- If the county's Comprehensive Plan would allow for such development (and more), then the plan is not reflective of what the county's residents desire and should be amended rather than relied upon for making this decision.

While the builder has tried to offer reassurance on many of the items of concern above, residents remain highly concerned. It seems inevitable that something will eventually be built on this land: We would ask that the zoning either remain the same, or be modified to accommodate 1-5 acre residential lots on the entire 100 acres.

If the builder’s plan does not align with your future vision of this section of PWC, please get involved in one or more ways:

1. Sign this petition and email the PWC Planning Commission, the Board of County Supervisors, and the County Planner (email addresses below) with your opinion.

2. Attend the Planning Commission's Public Hearing regarding this rezoning proposal [November 15, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Board Chambers, James J. McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192].

3. Attend the Board of County Supervisors' Public Hearing, date TBA.

Attending these two meetings is the most impactful way our community can stop the over-development of this land.

Here is our chance to stop this plan from going forward: many of us will feel regret for not acting if we see bulldozers plowing through that land, watch ~400 homes and 400,000 square feet of needless retail space being constructed, and endure further congestion on our already overly burdened roads. Thank you in advance for your support.

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For more information: 

http://www.midcopw.net/klein-property.html

http://potomaclocal.com/2017/08/25/proposed-kline-development-would-generate-9000-trips-per-day-transforming-old-dairy-farm-site/

https://potomaclocal.com/2017/08/31/kline-development-bring-children-county-schools/

Board of County Supervisors Emails: cstewart@pwcgov.org; jlawson@pwcgov.org; mnohe@pwcgov.org; gainesville@pwcgov.org; jjenkins@pwcgov.org; randerson@pwcgov.org; mcaddigan@pwcgov.org; FPrincipi@pwcgov.org

PWC Planning Commission Emails: windyknoll2@gmail.com; pattimckay@msn.com; alex.vanegas.cpm@gmail.com; Riccar1110@aol.com; ebholley@gmail.com; occoquanpc@gmail.com; fryrene@verizon.net; russellbryant@comcast.net; ClerkPC@pwcgov.org

County Planner's Email: smeyer@pwcgov.org

Photo Credit: Google 2015

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