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The Stafford County Planning Commission have voted 5-2 to recommend approval of the proposed Comprehensive Plan to the Board of Supervisors. Commissioners Cecilia Kirkman and Pete Fields voted against.


  • Dean Fetterolf

    Well the citizens spoke at the Public hearing in regards to the Comp Plan. By my count: 36 spoke against; 4 In Favor; and 2 I called a tie. The Commission Vote 5-2 in favor of the Plan. If their was confusion by the public (and their wasn’t) then the Planning Commission and the BOS are at fault for not having ANY public Information sessions on THIS plan.

    So once again the voices of the citizens were ignored by the Republican majority appointed Planning Commission.
    Of the 4 supporters of the plan one was the Chair of the Stafford Republican Committee, another a strong Republican campaign contributor and the third a DC resident looking into a commercial development project in the very north end of the county.

    Citizens have one more chance to voice their opinion at the BOS Public Hearing in a few weeks. Sure hope they reserve one of the high school auditoriums because the board chambers were filled.

  • David Beiler

    The chamber was packed to the walls, with dozens more held outside, led to rooms with monitors.

    Rhodes once again proved to be the only Republican commissioner with any conscience or guts, voting to take the Widewater (“Stafford Station”) UDA out of the comp plan. That amendment went down 4-3. A bigger travesty I have never witnessed in government. But no doubt the BoS will equal it next month.

    [Developer] Andy Garrett is sure getting his money’s worth.

  • poppy2_3

    I figure by public you mean the orchestrated crowds by the anti everything groups… of course it may seem overwhelming that the public is against it if all that is there and speaking is part of the same group of people… good grief

  • Krystal

    I was there last night and I am not anti-everything. I don’t see how over-developing areas that will have high impact on our already over crowded commuter connections will solve any problems that the county is currently facing. The truth is the people who live in this area work in government and that is mostly centrally located in DC. The only way you are going to get people living AND working in Stafford is if A) Fed Gov decentralizes and moves agencies south toward Stafford B) Everyone decides to work retail and every home is income restricted.

    We have enough empty/foreclosed homes and businesses that we can certainy start planning for future growth with those. Maybe the county should be offering tax incentives for people to buy up these vacant properties?

    Whatever the correct answer is…there is certainly not enough public awareness and input on the matter and those who do put forth well thought out opinions get shot down.

    Over development has already NOT worked for Stafford. We are repeating history on a much grander scale…especially since proffers cannot be legally required.

  • Richard Tater

    Tell me about it Dave. The last governmental travesty of this magnitude was when you put you hand up the JoeBrito puppet.

  • Dean Fetterolf

    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

    “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”

    “Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”

    “Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”

    “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. ”

    Albert Einstein

  • brtidea

    Poppy is really off base. People are busy; they work long hours; they have long commutes; they have families to take care of, but they sat through that public hearing, even sat through about an hour and a half presentation on the plan; they waited around to speak; some stayed as late as midnight. They must have been concerned about their lives here in Stafford and their future. They have reason to be. Thank you to the people who brought the hearing to everyone’s attention. I don’t believe they would spend their time doing that if there wasn’t a compelling reason. This plan is very different from the plan that involved the public a year or so ago. There’s a lot to be worried about. You don’t have to be a chronic complainer to figure that out.