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Politically charged vision statement in Spotsy appears here to stay

A politically charged vision statement for a Spotsylvania County development plan appears here to stay despite continued objections from one public official.

“I get the unanimous sense that there’s not a desire to continue to kick the proverbial dead horse,” Planning Commission Chairman Robert Stuber said at a meeting Wednesday night.

He was responding to a request from Planning Commission member Cristine Lynch to reconsider the vision statement, essentially just a preamble to the county’s Comprehensive Plan—a blueprint for future growth.

It was the second meeting in a row that Lynch has asked to revisit the new statement, which pledges that Spotsylvania will build on the “principles of our founding fathers to provide freedom and prosperity through limited government, low taxes and pro-business policies for the 21st century.”

Lynch says she’s concerned that the vision  approved by the Planning Commission last month doesn’t mention quality of life as the previous one did. The previous statement read: “Spotsylvania County will be a leading Virginia community in quality of living and a leader in the region in sustained economic development.”

Stuber did tell Lynch that she’s welcome to draft a proposal, and, “We’ll talk about it next time.”

But he also said, “The matter is by and large closed.”

You can read the previous story on the vision statement here.