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Planning Commission Tweaks UDAs
Following prescribed procedure, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors recently sent their tentative plan for allocating 4,000 Urban Development Area housing units to the Planning Commission to begin the Comprehensive Plan amendment process.
After about two hours of discussion last night, commission members had taken a few steps away from the supervisors’ recommendation.
Most notably, commissioners voted 5-2 to eliminate the Brooke Station UDA from their proposed amendment. Concern was expressed over how it would effect schools, public utilities and the Virginia Railway Express. The Brooke housing units were moved to the Courthouse UDA. Commissioners Ken Mitchell and Gordon Howard were in favor of the Brooke UDA, and Howard said not supporting the Brooke UDA was “a huge mistake.”
But it will be months before the Board of Supervisors ultimately approves a plan for the remaining UDA units. The Planning Commission will likely hold a public hearing on their proposed amendment–as well as the one sent to them by the supervisors–on or before April 1. Supervisors will then have a chance to take the commission’s recommendation and change it as they see fit.