Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540/735-1975.
As I’ve noted previously on this blog, Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) submitted a bill that would make urban development areas optional. It would also allow localities that have created UDAs to remove them via a citizen petition process. This article by my colleague Chelyen Davis talks about the progress of the bill, and has a quote that suggests Marshall may have been thinking specifically about Stafford County when he proposed it.
The bill has passed the house, but still must pass the senate.
This poses an interesting question for Stafford. If the bill passes, that would leave the county with 6 UDAs that only partially fill the requirement of the original UDA bill. Would those six UDAs would remain, only to be repealed if 5% of the voting population of the county submits a petition to remove them and/or the supervisors follow through on removal?
County officials are still trying to figure out where to put the remaining 4,000 housing units required by the UDA legislation. If this bill passes, do they just drop that process? Do they follow through with it, only to consider a petition to remove them later?