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2 Chances 2 B Heard on UDAs

There will be two town hall-style public input meetings in Stafford next week that may determine what the “Committee of 4,000″ does with the remaining housing units that still need to be accounted for in Urban Development Areas.

Urban Development Area Public Workshop #1 will be held at 7 p.m.  Tuesday in the former Stafford Rescue 1 building, 2147 Jefferson Davis Highway.

Urban Development Area Public Workshop #2 will be held at 7 p.m.  Wednesday at Rocky Run Elementary School, 95 Reservoir Road.


  • Larry the G

    Stafford does not seem to understand (much less embrace) the CONCEPT of Community Meetings.

    The BOS actually seems to mistrust and fear citizens so they do things like – not hold community meetings in the geographic areas where they are contemplating UDAs.

    Yes.. there will undoubtedly be those who have already made up their minds – but there are others who would welcome the opportunity to learn more about them and to be able to directly engage the county staff and leaders on the issues.

    NOT DOING THIS – is pretty much an insult to the many even-minded folks who the BOS..and county staff DO OWE an accounting of what they want to do and why – and to LISTEN to citizens – not only for objections but for useful, even important questions not yet fully considered much less answered.

    When you update your Comp Plan and your basic strategy as BOS and Staff is to gingerly steer around dealing with citizens – then you’ve got not such a good government in my view.

    The Staff and the BOS need to get out there and get in the game and explain their approach to citizens and take the tomatoes and… constructive criticism.. and yes.. even some support.

  • Martin (Marty) Work

    I belive Larry has the best second opinion on this issue and more so than the Stafford County BOS can provide. SILENCE is not a SOLUTION.