Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540/735-1975.
How the Other Half Designates Urban Development Areas
Stafford County’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Plan this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the board chambers of the County Administration Building. The plan contains 8 Urban Development Areas. At least one of the high-density zones is required by state law to be designated by July 1 of next year.
Stafford has obtained the services of a consultant to study UDAs, but they have not yet begun their study or held public information sessions. It is unlikely that the consultant (the same one Spotsylvania County is using) will be engaged in the project before the Board of Supervisors votes to designate the UDAs, probably at their Dec. 14 meeting.
Spotsylvania is taking a different tack. They have already held four community meetings and a joint work session between the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission. The consultant is currently engaged in closer study of the proposed UDAs. I don’t know if Spotsylvania supervisors have a specific timeline for approval of UDAs.
The Spotsy board, along with the counsultant, is now looking at two UDAs – one in the Massaponax/Cosner’s Corner area that encompasses the proposed new VRE station, and one that would be a redevelopment project in the Four-Mile Fork area.
The next step is a small area plan focusing on the VRE station area. A community meeting is scheduled for November 22, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Development Conference Room, 3rd Floor, 9019 Old Battlefield Blvd, Spotsylvania, VA 22553.
Information of the UDA project is posted under Advance Planning on the Planning Department webpage at www.spotsylvania.va.us
Here is the flier for the upcoming meeting in Spotsy.