Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Mapping the future
And that’s the point of a state law requiring fast-growing localities to designate urban development areas–high-density communities where residents can live, work and play.
Some Spotsylvania supervisors and planning commission members have expressed frustration that the state is telling them how to plan their county’s future.
But at last night’s meeting, there also seemed to be some confusion over the UDA’s purpose. A few officials opposed the two proposed UDAs, because they thought that the extra people would be a problem for the county.
Supervisor T.C. Waddy said:
“If we get 40,000 more people in Spotsylvania County, will the county afford services for all these people–education, fire and rescue, transportation…I don’t think many of us will be able to afford to live in Spotsylvania County then.”
Chairman Pitts replied:
“These people are coming anyway…It’s up to this county to dictate how we want it to develop.”
Basically, it’s the opposite of “If you build it, they will come.” More like: If they come, you should build it.
Planning Director Wanda Parrish explained that UDAs aren’t supposed to attract growth–they’re supposed to concentrate in one area, to save money on schools, fire stations, roads.
The supervisors and planning commission members met last night to get an update on the county’s UDA plans. Two have been mapped out. They’re being called, for now, the Route 17 UDA and the Four-Mile Fork UDA.
The Four-Mile Fork UDA, as proposed, would stretch from the Four-Mile Fork area to the area just about the Spotsylvania Interchange with I-95. The Route 17 UDA would stretch from the future VRE station to Germanna Community College and the Spotsylvania Medical Regional Center.
There was a lot more discussion last night, so look for a story in tomorrow’s paper. I’ll try not to make it too redundant for you, wouldn’t want to punish you for being a faithful blog reader.
Also, stay tuned for the return of the quiz tomorrow. Hint: You might want to review the budget highlights.