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Community Report
August 16, 2017
Newsletter Archive

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Route 28 Bypass

Buckland Bypass

BiCounty Parkway

Fun Things to Do

Promoting more compact development and discouraging the extension of public sewer and water lines out into productive farming areas will reduce the conversion pressure on farmland.
--Dr. Tom Daniels, University of Penn, consultant for Prince William County's Rural Crescent Study

Healthy communities
The best places to live, work, and visit are those places that are willing to uphold their standards in the face of pressure to allow lowest common denominator development…

Successful communities understand that when they say no to development that is contrary to the long-term health of their community, they will almost always get better development in its place.
--Ed McMahon, Conservation Fund


Check our Calendar for more info!

Wildlife Garden Workday
Saturday, Aug 26, 9am to noon

Living Shoreline at Leesylvania State Park
Sun, Sept 10, at 2pm.

Butterfly Walk at Merrimac Farm WMA
Sunday, Sept 17, 1-3pm

It’s August. That’s vacation time, but it’s also set-up time for quietly negotiating development and road proposals. By the time such projects reach the public involvement phase in late 2017 or early 2018, many deals have already been cut. At PWCA, we’re watching closely. Here’s an update on three transportation items.
Route 28 Bypass

Route 28The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) has selected three alternative routes to move traffic up Route 28 towards Centreville, plus the possibility of widening the highway north of Manassas.

One option extends Euclid Avenue east of Manassas to Bull Run, then cuts west back to Route 28 in Yorkshire. Two options extend Godwin Road to Bull Run, which would divert traffic from downtown Manassas.

One of the extend-Godwin choices crosses Bull Run before intersecting Old Centerville Road; expect major opposition to that route from Fairfax residents. The “Goldilocks” option, not too far east and not too far north, is to swing the Godwin extension back east to Route 28 in Yorkshire before crossing Bull Run.

To learn more, attend the Public Meeting on September 7 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm (presentation at 7pm) at the Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams St, Manassas Park, VA 20111.

Buckland Bypass

The county initiated a study in January and explored seven ways to build a new 4-lane road west of Haymarket, theoretically to reduce impacts on the Buckland Historic District.

PWCA and other stakeholders made clear that building a major highway through the Rural Area – and tearing up the historic Civil War battlefields near Buckland – created more of a problem than a solution.

The proposed “bypass” is yet another segment of the Outer Beltway, in a slight disguise. Thanks to the quick opposition, it appears the County has dropped plans to build a new road and is focused on improving intersections on Route 29.

PWCA urges the County to explore the connection between land use planning and transportation planning, and recognize that investments to develop transit nodes and bring jobs to Prince William is smarter than funding more roads to export workers to DC.

In the News: With ‘Buckland Bypass’ a no-go, officials consider new ways to alleviate congested U.S. 29. Fauquier Times, August 7 2017

Buckland Bypass

Bi-County Parkway

It’s back, like a zombie. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority is now proposing to include the road in the regional long-range plan, TransAction, even though the county has removed the Bi-County Parkway from its Comprehensive Plan.

A few property owners, former outspoken opponents of a BiCounty Parkway but now looking for windfall profits, propose to bundle the Bi-County Parkway with a rezoning. They want to build 12,000 new homes where only 500 are now authorized.

Since the General Assembly has restricted proffers by developers, all the other property owners in the County would pay the bill for new schools, police/fire stations, etc. in the Rural Crescent, an area not currently planned for development. Construction elsewhere in the county would be postponed or taxes would be raised.

In the News: Bi-County Parkway still listed in regional transportation plan. InsideNova, July 21 2017