Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at email@example.com or at 540/735-1975.
Secret Stafford Documents!
Stafford officials are still trying to finalize their plan for Urban Development Areas, which are mandated by the state to be in place by July 1. There are some esoteric procedural conflicts between the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission that are conspiring against the adoption of the final4,000 units that need to find a home somewhere in Stafford.
(One more time, UDAs are areas that fast-growing counties must designate for dense, mixed-use development. They must be designed to hold 10-20 years worth of the county’s future growth. Basically, they are intended to be compact city-style developments designed to redirect suburban sprawl so VDOT doesn’t have to build and maintain so many road miles.)
Stafford Supervisors discussed the procedural issues in closed session on Tuesday. That discussion was then brought into the public forum, so I got the brief that County Attorney Charles Shumate gave to supervisors in the closed session.
It’s really nothing more than a timeline of UDA events that led to this point of potential impasse between the two boards. I’m not really sure why this was withheld from the public in the first place. Maybe it was the two bold attorney-client privilege warnings.
I should have an article in the paper–tomorrow or Saturday–that attempts to explain the UDA situation in better detail.