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Senator Stuart on the UDA Case
State Senator Richard Stuart visited the Stafford Board of Supervisors meeting this evening. He was present to collect concerns and ideas from the board in relation to Urban Development Areas. He was not disappointed.
Along with a general distaste for “mandates” like UDAs coming from the state level, there were some specific suggestions. Here is a sampling:
1) The ability to include already-approved lots in the density figures for UDAs.
2) An extension of the July (or September, depending who you ask) 2011 deadline.
3) Raising the 130,000 population threshold. If Stafford surpasses that limit, the required minimum densities for UDAs double.
Generally, supervisors wanted more leeway to make decisions about UDAs that conform to county, rather than state, needs.
For his part, Stuart said he supported the intent of UDAs to condense growth, control sprawl and reduce the road maintenance burden on VDOT. He does, however, have concerns with the implementation and intends to discuss those in the coming session of the General Assembly.