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T he POSTAL CUSTOMER King George See the King George Home & Craft Show review section inside. Pages 11-14 Volume 38, Number 10 Walnut Hill rezoning request scheduled for hearing Wednesday, March 5, 2014 50 Cents helping you relate to your community Public forum for Joint Land Use Study Taking a break March 25 at UMWDahlgren Phyllis Cook The King George Board of Supervisors is currently scheduled to hold a public hearing and review of a rezoning request on March 18 for a 6.75-acre site on US 301 (James Madison Pkwy) in Dahlgren adjacent to the Bayberry subdivision. The Planning Commission had voted unanimously on Jan. 14 to recommend denial of the rezoning request that will be decided by the Board of Supervisors. That recommendation followed lively discussion by several of the ten Planning Commissioners, with review of the case at two monthly meetings, starting in December. The review and recommendation in January was on an amended request with changes to the original proffer statement along with revised development plan drawings. Should the rezoning be approved, the current revised request would prohibit five of the commercial byright uses including repair facility, boat sales, contractors equipment yard, commercial garage, and commercial parking lot. Those uses would not be prohibited on the whole 6.75-acre site which is the subject of the request. The prohibition would only apply to a strip of land, termed as a “restricted area,” immediately adjacent to Bayberry subdivision lots. That restricted strip is proposed to be 223-feet wide at its widest part at the front of the property along U.S. 301, and narrows to 132-feet at the back of the property subject to the rezoning request. DETAILS OF REZONING JPI Walnut Hill LLC represented by Jay Jarrell is requesting to rezone from Rural Agricultural (A-2) to General Trade (C-2), with proffers, a small portion of a 128.95-acre parcel, identified as Tax Map 9 Parcel 34. The property is on the west side of US 301 about .2 miles south of the intersection with Danube Drive (Route 1101). It would be served by public utilities to be provided by the King George County Service Authority. It is located in the Dahlgren Primary Settlement Area in the county’s Comprehensive Plan. The 6.75 acre parcel is currently part of a larger parcel to its north with A-2 zoning. All of the 128.95acre parcel is in open land and woodlands. The small parcel requested for rezoning also abuts two residential properties in the Bayberry subdivision and is an irregular shape. The purpose of the rezoning is to consolidate it with a smaller triangularly-shaped parcel 37A, which contains 1.91 acres adjacent to it. That adjacent property to which it would be added is already commercially-zoned and also fronts on US 301. A boundary line adjustment would be made to result in a rectangular parcel with frontage on US 301. A detailed traffic impact analysis was submitted by the applicant, which was reviewed and commented on by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). As a result, the applicant’s proffers include VDOTrecommended safety improvements to a number of median cross-overs and existing entrances. ADDITIONAL PROFFERS On Dec. 10 when a public hearing was held by the Planning Commission, it identified issues having to do with site lighting, permitted uses that would allow longer hours with dense lighting, and the need for a landscape buffer. The applicant had amended its proposed proffers by the time the case was reconsidered in See Walnut Hill, page 4 Phyllis Cook Jessica Herrink Builder Tommy Burrell, Sr. (left), T. C. (Terry) Collins and Westbrooke Homes’ Allen West take a break for lunch in the cafeteria at King George High School Saturday afternoon at the King George Home & Craft Show. Lori Deem of The Journal (standing) talks to Julia Snow (right). The Ruritans served hot dogs, barbecue, spaghetti and meatloaf with mashed potatoes. All good! See more photos from the show on pages 11-14. Nothing stands in the way of Katrina Anderson Leonard Banks Sports editor Katrina Anderson in not your average run of the mill eighth grader. In fact, the King George Middle School student’s athletic interests are unique. Given the fact she is fast on her feet, and has always enjoyed the physicality of competitive sports, her interests have focused on football and wrestling. “My mom tried to put me in a cheerleading program, and it wasn’t for me,” Anderson said. “During the middle of the first cheerleading practice I simply said no, and walked out. The only other sport there was at the time was flag football, and that is where my love for the sport began.” After playing flag football for two years in the KGYAA, Anderson pursued tackle football under the auspices of the King George Middle School program. Impressed by her ability to compete with her male teammates, KGMS head coach Chris Zylonis kept her on the team. “I remember the first day of tryouts, we split up by position,” Zylonis said. “She picked the toughest group to go with, which was our linebackers and running backs (a group known for toughness, strength, and speed). I paid attention to her drills and noticed for three days straight of tough tryouts that she didn’t shy away, flinch, or back down from anyone. The fact that most of her teammates outweighed her by 20-30 pounds sold me on her as a football player regardless of gender.” During the initial stages of practice her male teammates were slightly tentative about tackling Anderson, but after the first set of drills, all their fears quickly went away. “I remember one of my first football practices, no one wanted to try and tackle me, but the coach told them that I am no different from another football player,” Anderson said. After several practices that featured intense tackling, Anderson soon earned the respect of her teammates and coaches. With the exception of using a different locker room, and wearing special shoulder pads, Anderson participated in the same drills as her male teammates. Although her playing time was limited to the final five minutes of the game, the inside linebacker was happy to have the opportunity to get on the field. “Usually I will play in the last five minutes, but I don’t care, because it gives me an opportunity to get on the field for at least two plays,” Anderson said. Throughout her life, Anderson has always gravitated towards the challenging aspects of sports and recreation. She is a risk taker, who takes on life while throwing caution to the wind. “She has always been active and very rough to begin with,” Katrina’s mother, Holly Anderson said. “Even from a young age, she was daring. When she would go outside to play, she could be seen climbing or hanging upside from a tree. Football seemed to fit her, and she picked it quick.” After football practice, Anderson would play soccer for the King George Parks & Recreation Department. Although her daily regimen of sports activities would stifle a normal kid, Anderson excelled in the classroom. Shortly after football season, Anderson discovered wrestling. Wrestling in the 120-126 pound class, Anderson pinned her first opponent during her first match in 26 seconds. Although a post-concussion syndrome injury prevented her from wrestling during the KGMS wrestling team’s first tournament, she continued to attend wrestling practice. With the hope of increasing her skill level, she also signed up with the King George Parks & Recreation Department wrestling team. Anderson not only won seven Never a dull moment in the life of a rising star athlete. After a full season of football and wrestling, King George Middle School eighth grader Katrina Anderson is currently pursuing a spot of the King George High School junior varsity soccer team. out of nine matches, but also won her last three matches by consecutive pins. Currently, Anderson is attempting to make the King George High School junior varsity girls’ soccer team. “It’s kind of weird, because for the last three years I’ve been the only girl competing with guys,” Anderson said. “With soccer, its all girls now, and it’s a tough change, because I am not used to girls.” Supervisors and School Board talk budget and more Phyllis Cook The King George Board of Supervisors and the county School Board got together last week for a congenial joint meeting to talk budget and other matters. The joint meeting took place on Feb. 25. All members of the governing body were present. They are Chairman Joe Grzeika, Dale Sisson, Cedell Brooks, Ruby Brabo and Jim Howard. Four of the five members of the School Board were in attendance, including Chairman Mike Rose, Ken Novell, Kristin Tolliver and TC Collins, with John Davis absent. Grzeika began the meeting saying the board was still gathering information for its own budget deliberations, adding, “This is not a decision-making meeting.” He also said, “We are looking for your inputs to understand what we are facing that we’ll need to deal with as we go forward.” Grzeika was referring to a budget gap mentioned by Travis Quesenberry. Quesenberry said the gap currently adds up to about $3.7 million between the totals for department requests and projected revenues, which would include a 3-cent increase for an equalized tax rate due to last year’s reassessment. Finance director Robyn Shugart noted that revenue projections used were very preliminary and many would be adjusted as they continued through the budget process. SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET REQUEST Division Superintendent Rob Benson provided an overview of projected revenues and proposed expenditures, highlighting changes and additions from the current year’s budget. The School Board had held a public hearing on a proposed budget the previous week that drew no speakers. The budget request had been adopted during its meeting on the previous night. The proposal totals $43,762,146, with the operating budget coming to $36,599,679. The School Board is asking for an increase in the county’s funding of $692,874. Benson said the total requested from the county for 2014-15 would be $15,042,227 compared to $14,349,353 in the current year, 2013-14. The School Board’s budget request includes 1-percent raises across the board, along with an additional longevity step increase, which for most employees would add up to an additional 2-percent. Those raises are estimated by Benson to cost $748,158. A hike in the division’s share of Virginia Retirement System (VRS) costs is $770,206 more than the current year. Benson said he based the proposed 2014-15 budget request on an average daily membership (ADM) of 4,130 students, compared to the current year’s budget which was built on 4,100 students. He is currently projecting to end the current year with an ADM of about 4,165- 4,180 students. The ADM figure was discussed. It was noted there might be room to adjust it a little higher to reflect more in state revenue. Benson said using an ADM of 4,160 would provide about $134,000 in additional revenue from the state. Benson has posted the School Board’s budget request to its website for the public to view and comment. OTHER TOPICS DISCUSSED Several other topics were discussed or touched on, including a new roof for the current middle school, a possible future use of the closed former middle school building, repairs needed for the high school track adjacent to the middle school, and a draft revamped facility use agreement. The revamped facility use agreement is scheduled See joint meeting, page 4 Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at On March 25, King George County will host its first public forum on a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) underway for the communities around the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. The forum’s focus is to provide an overview about the JLUS and its importance, an explanation of the study process, and information about the compatibility factors being assessed. The forum on March 25 will begin at 7 p.m. at the UMW’s Dahlgren Campus Center for Education & Research. County residents and other business and community members are encouraged to attend. This is the first direct opportunity for the public to provide input, which is a critical component in the development of the JLUS to ensure that it is responsive to local community needs. This forum is slated to provide an opportunity for attendees to participate in a presentation and round table discussion of the Joint Land Use Study, which addresses compatibility planning for the areas surrounding the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. PURPOSE OF JLUS King George, in cooperation with other communities, agencies, and organizations in the region, is conducting a JLUS to identify existing and potential land use issues that could impact the Dahlgren mission and operations. Recommendations are being developed to mitigate or prevent the issues identified and to guide compatibility planning around Dahlgren, its Pumpkin Neck Annex, andthePotomacRiverRangeComplex. The idea is to accommodate new growth and economic development in the adjacent communities, protect public health and safety, while at the same time sustaining the operational missions of the base. The JLUS is exploring how Dahlgren and local jurisdictions can work together through enhanced communication and coordination to best achieve the mutual goals of all stakeholders. The study is expected to make recommendations that will emphasize compatible growth and sustainable and coordinated planning that fosters mutual positive growth on the Navy base at Dahlgren and in the surrounding communities. Part of that plan is to include the development of an on-going communications plan to facilitate frequent discussion between elected officials of the affected localities and the base commander. Some of that is already ongoing through COMREL and the Fredericksburg Chamber’s Military Affairs committee. LOCALITIES In addition to King George, the other localities included in the JLUS are Westmoreland and Colonial Beach, along with the Charles County and St. Mary’s County in Maryland. The Navy base at Dahlgren is part of the Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP). PROJECT STUDY AREA Additional information about the JLUS project is available at See jlus, page 4


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