Group Encourages Citizens To Attend MetroWest Hearing
The text of a letter to the Fairfax Extra:
Fairfax County's strong electoral support for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) reflected its desire to place checks and balances on runaway development.
We encourage concerned citizens to speak at or attend the rezoning hearing before the Planning Commission at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. For details, see http://www.fairgrowth.org . Your perspectives will help the commission adjust the final shape of the project to reflect broad community interests.
encourage all county supervisors and planning commissioners to
carefully review each line of the proposal, for it has major
implications for regional roads, Metro, recreational facilities and
space, schools, and stormwater. And it will set standards for future
mixed-use and transit-oriented projects.
Although we support the notion of higher density at transit stations, we continue to be unconvinced that the current proposal will work to achieve its goals as a mixed-use site. If approved by the county in its current form, the project could fail to adhere to the Comprehensive Plan. In contrast to other mixed-use projects recently approved by the county, the current proposal does not set precise, unambiguous requirements for office space and retail, both of which are needed to make MetroWest a living, vital community.
In the view
of many parents and citizens, it also does not provide adequate outdoor
recreational facilities and space, on-site or off-site, for the more
than 5,000 residents it would bring into an area whose facilities are
already stretched. In addition, the impact on already gridlocked roads
has not been objectively and comprehensively evaluated, and concerns
about Metro capacity persist.
Rezoning is where the buck stops. This will be the final decision and the final occasion for county leadership to be accountable to the public. We ask for evidence that this proposal will work -- based on reality, not best-case scenarios and unproven plans.
William S. Elliott
for Responsible Growth Inc.
February 2, 2006; 1:35 PM ET
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