County Approves Oaks III Rezoning

The motion passed, five to three, with Supervisors Marty Nohe, Mike May, and Frank Principi voting against.

After a lengthy and heated discussion that lasted over two hours on Jan. 10, the Board of County Supervisors voted to approve the , which the town of Occoquan has fought since the spring of 2011.

The motion passed, five to three, with Supervisors Marty Nohe, Mike May, and Frank Principi voting against.

During the public hearing that preceded the vote, many speakers spoke out on the rezoning, most in opposition.

Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta argued passionately against the rezoning. 

"Stormwater and traffic impacts will have a negative impact on the town," he said. "Occoquan has two principle creeks that flow into it and threaten homes and businesses during flooding."

"We're not opposed to development," he continued. He said that the developer likely continued in his pursuit of the project so that he wouldn't lose money on his investment. "All of those costs could have been avoided if he had had the consideration and the foresight to speak with the town council for as little as one hour. We had no advance notice of this development. We found out when everyone else did. Since June, we have had primary concerns about traffic. When do we get this proffer [addressing these concerns?] Yesterday morning, in fact."

He said the developer was counting on the county to bail him out of his problems.

Chairman Corey Stewart said that the development was the best possible development for that area, since it was tough to develop, and that it would help with economic and job growth in the county.

"Doing nothing does not preserve this property," he said, saying that other proposals for the land would come forward if this had not been approved. "We need to do this. It's the right thing to do, economically."

Resident James Phelps, whose basement was badly flooded in the recent September flooding in Occoquan, spoke to Lake Ridge Patch after the meeting.

"My reaction is this: that while many voices spoke tonight for Occoquan, it's a sad day for the town. I've never been prouder of the town tonight, but the developer made it clear that his friends are not in Occoquan. While I support Corey's position on economic development, I'm disappointed that we couldn't recognize a distinction between economic development and the protection of a scarce resource, i.e. Occoquan."

"If the developers had come to us in March, and said, 'This is what we want to do. What do we have to do?' we could have struck a much better deal," he continued.

Brenda Seefeldt January 11, 2012 at 02:37 PM
As a resident I am grieved this morning that despite the many honest pleas presented last night to the Supervisors, they came to the meeting with their minds made up. Shame on Supervisors Jenkins, Caddigan, Covington. Shame on Supervisor Candland who is new to the board and I had hopes for not being "politics-as-usual." And mostly shame on Chairman Stewart who not only spearheaded this vote to hurt the Town of Occoquan but then went ahead and dressed down the crowd with comments, chastising, and political speeches.
Carla Silas January 11, 2012 at 04:37 PM
how can anyone be surprised by this? drive around this area and you will find tons of empy office space - i'm sure this building will just PWC over the top in jobs. what a joke. the current BOS never saw a developer they didn't like. shame on you - i had better hopes for your vote Mrs. Caddigan -
Jerald McClard January 11, 2012 at 05:59 PM
We should not be surprised by this...Developers, Realtors Top Donors For Corey Stewart...not the citizens...So the citizens have no word in the decision making process. Vote for a Democrat if you as a citizen want a voice.
Tom Fitzpatrick January 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM
This does not mean that PWC is open for business. It only means that the PWC BOCSs are open for business. Good business wants to locate in good communities. Perhaps most amazing is the fact that this was forced down the throats of the vast majority of affected people, eye to eye, at point blank range, by the same "representatives" who rail against Obamacare as an unwanted mandate. They are both equally offensive.
Colletti Lisa January 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Do steep slopes and water quality mean ANYTHING TO PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY? PW Co. has been destroying the environment my entire lifetime. No tree will go unpunished. Best wishes to Mr. Principi though at least he represented his constituents. Who is lining the pockets of the others I wonder?


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