Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Supervisors Jackson and Marshall continue to battle over 3-acre rural lots
Supervisor Emmitt Marshall said today that there have been 11 applications for 3-acre rural lots, a policy he proposed earlier this year and that passed. This is the second time Mr. Marshall has announced the number of applications, to counter the concerns raised when he first proposed this zoning amendment that it would lead to rural sprawl and could create thousands of new lots in rural Spotsylvania County.
Supervisor Gary Jackson said he doesn’t mind Marshall reminding residents each month about the number of applications, but he warned him that he should tell the whole story.
"Each one of those 11 lots is going to cost us $50,000 a piece," Jackson said, because the county does not collect any cash contributions (proffers) for the services that these homes will require from the county, such as public safety.
Mr. Marshall quickly chimed in that maybe he could get those homes included in an Urban Development Area, which ties in with the discussion supervisors had earlier in the meeting, and which is the subject of my deadline story for tomorrow’s paper.
It sounds like these two may go back and forth for some time about this issue because as of 6:44 p.m., no one has registered to challenge Mr. Marshall in this November election. There is still 15 minutes left, but it looks like Mr. Marshall is going to win re-election without a challenge. Jackson is not up for election until 2011.
As an update, Chris Yakabouski has registered to challenge Supervisor Benjamin Pitts. Yakabouski resigned his seat in 2007 to challenge Sen. Edd Houck. He did not win that election.
D.J. McGuire will challenge Supervisor Gary Skinner. I was told that former Supervisor Vince Onorato, who spoke today during the public comment portion of the meeting, has not officially registered. Either he changed his mind or he could not get enough signatures to run. I did not have a chance to ask him because I found out after he had left.