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I’ll Miss You Most Of All, Comp Plan

Supervisors effectively ended a 5-year revision process by approving a new Comprehensive Plan for Stafford County. The vote was surprisingly unanimous, as the plan that ultimately passed was a substitute proposal from supervisor Cord Sterling that eliminated the most controversial Urban Development Areas – Brooke Station and Stafford Station. The latter is on the Widewater peninsula. Aside from eliminating those two UDAs, there were no other changes to the advertised plan.

The vote also created a joint committee of three planning commissioners and three supervisors that will be responsible for figuring out where the housing units from the two eliminated UDAs will go.

My final, unofficial, unscientific tally of public comments is as follows (comments made on original proposed plan, not the substitute that passed):

58 speakers

32 in favor of the plan

22 opposed to the plan, or requesting deferral

4 unsure


  • Kelly

    Wow. 7-0.

  • Dean Fetterolf

    Kudos to Mr Beals for his outstanding coverage of the process for the last year. Much of the valuable information available to the public came from his accurate, factual and well researched reporting.

    Thank you for helping to keep our 1st amendment rights strong despite the county’s failure to engage in open public dialogue on THIS plan.

  • Kelly

    Yeah, you could maybe learn something about “facts” Fetterolf.