Stop a Builder's Proposal to Construct 400 Homes at the PW Pkwy & Liberia Ave
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After the November 15, 2017 PWC Planning Commission voted to recommend that the current plan (below) be denied, Supervisor Nohe communicated that the builder is not expected to bring the plan as-is to the Board of County Supervisors. The builder will now decide if/how they would like to proceed with this project. The current plan:
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 392 homes (329 townhouses, 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 10 acre lots. The builder also wants to incorporate retail space to include a Sheetz, CVS, and storage facility. The builder would also leave ~12 acres undeveloped for a future elementary school site to be built by the county.
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.
- Schools: are they prepared to handle a large number of additional students (see article below)?
- 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. The public hearing took place on November 15, 2017; the PWC Planning Commission voted in opposition, 6 to 2.
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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