Is the Board of Supervisors Vulnerable on the Issue of Development?

A dozen people from all over the county came to The Post's Fairfax offices yesterday to vent their frustration about development in their neighborhoods.
They do not believe the county Board of Supervisors listens to "the little people" in Fairfax. They say the board too often favors big developers, who have their way in Fairfax because they contribute money to the supervisors' campaigns. They targeted their wrath at Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) and Linda Smyth (D-Providence).
The folks fighting such projects as Metro West near Vienna Metro, Wedderburn in Vienna and the proposed redevelopment of an area of rural Hunter Mill Road in Reston/Vienna said they believe there are many county residents who feel disenfranchised because of the behavior of the supervisors. I get a sense that we could be seeing a repeat of 1987, when voters fed up with traffic and growth threw out the board chairman and other supervisors.
It is hard to determine how widespread this feeling is. Are there others out there who align themselves with the people who visited The Post yesterday? Are there people who DISAGREE with them? If you reply, tell us where you live.

By Steve Fehr |  September 30, 2005; 12:36 PM ET  | Category:  Development, Growth , Politics
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