Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540/735-1975.
The State Will Let UDAs Ride
One final bit of news from Tuesday’s Stafford County Board of Supervisors meeting. The Virginia General Assembly is in session, and there are a few bills pending that interest the Stafford board.
One of them was Senate Bill 869, introduced by Sen Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland/Stafford). As requested by Stafford supervisors, that bill would have changed a number of the requirements in the Urban Development Area legislation. It failed unanimously on a voice vote in the Local Government Committee.
According to Stafford’s Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs David Gayle, the bill was vigorously opposed by the Home Builders Association as well as the League of Conservation Voters. Gayle said Stuart told him he was not surprised by the reception. Gayle said the consensus on the committee was to let UDAs continue toward July adoption and see how they work before making any adjustments.
Gayle and the supervisors said they expect two other UDA-related bills to meet the same fate, if they have not already. Those are House Bill 1864 introduced by Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) and House Bill 1721 introduced by Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas).