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Comp Plan Crashes

After a lengthy public hearing last night, the Stafford Board of Supervisors failed to approve an updated comprehensive plan. The 4—3 vote against approval was the final blow for a plan that was in the works for three and a half years.

Supervisors Harry Crisp, George Schwartz and Bob Woodson voted to approve the plan.

Immediately following that vote, Supervisor Cord Sterling made a motion to send the comprehensive plan back to the Planning Commission, where they will begin the process anew, but will use the proposed plan as a starting point. Sterling’s motion passed 6—1, with Schwartz dissenting.

Every supervisor I spoke to after the meeting was pleased with the "core" of the plan, and felt that it would eventually pass without major changes. There were enough smaller issues to cause concern, however, and a majority of the board felt they needed more time to work out the details.

Check tomorrow’s paper for more details.