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Comp Plan Meetings

I have received a couple of messages from people who think the joint Board of Supervisors/Planning Commission Comprehensive Plan Committee has been meeting at odd hours. The committee was formed this year to take the lead in revising the proposed Comprehensive Plan. It has also taken the lead on designating the Urban Development Areas.

Here are the committee meeting times, all this year:

Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

Thursday May 27 – cancelled

Saturday, August 28 at 8 a.m.

What do you think? Is it unusual to have county meetings on Saturdays, and so early in the morning? In two years, these are the only board or committee meetings I remember being held on weekends. But maybe my memory isn’t too good.

Here are the county’s normal business hours, according to the website:

“All offices located in the Administration Center at the Stafford County Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, are open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. ”

Supervisor Cord Sterling (who is on the committee) said this about the weekend meeting times:

“Saturday mornings are very good for people who have to commute during the weekdays and have families that are involved in sports on weekends.  That is a very significant portion of the Stafford population.”

It seems that these meeting times are inconvenient for at least one joint committee member. According to supervisors Gary Snellings and Bob Woodson, Planning Commissioner Pete Fields has resigned from the joint committee. I haven’t talked to him about it yet, but he has mentioned to me that the meeting times were impossible for his schedule.


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  • David Beiler

    Pretty obvious this is being done to fly the whole process under the public’s radar. It’s the same reason they tried to double up on the PC and Board hearings on the comp plan a while back, before someone told them that probably wasn’t legal.

  • Concerned Citizen

    At the 9/7 BOS meeting several supervisors chastised citizens for providing factual comments on the comp plan and then basically called them liars.

    The FLS was a target too – for “being the only source of information”. THANKS FLS . If it weren’t for your coverage there would be no information.

    The county is at fault for not getting the information out sooner, explaining the process and what the ideas are. They aren’t even waiting for a professional planning contractor ($225K contract) to finish before voting on the Plan. Submitting a draft comp for review without the transportation element and having no intnetion to do so until after the vote is just another example of trying to slide on by under the radar. The BOS is so arrogant that they must think they are wearing stealth or Nomex (fireproof) underwear. Time to crank up the afterburners citizens. Contact your supervisor or planning commission member.

    Kudos to those few supervisors who have held town hall meetings