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Q3 2017

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Community Updates from Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi


INVESTING IN PRINCE WILLIAM’S FUTURE As you have likely heard, the Board of County Supervisors passed the FY 2018 Budget in April. While I do not agree with the decision to exclude the School Capital Acceleration Plan ( that would have gotten students out of classroom trailers and back in school buildings, the approved $3.2 billion FY 2018 budget provides an additional $21.9 million for the school division and $18 million more for county services compared to the current budget. Through this budget, the county invests in a number of services essential to a high quality of life and economic vitality, including: raises for county employees, including a step increase for teachers, helping ÂPay  Prince William to be more competitive with surrounding school systems Â$6.5  million for the hiring of 59 firefighters ÂAddition  of 17 police department positions ÂAddition  of 28 full-time workers at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center (Cont’d p.2)

IN THIS ISSUE.. ÂÂ Opioid Crisis Summit (2)


Learn more about your community, sooner. Visit and click «Subscribe» to sign up ÂÂ 50-Mile Pedestrian & Bicycle for our email newsletter and Loop in NewWoodbridge (4) community updates. You can ÂÂ Saving our Polliantors (7) also follow NewWoodbridge ÂÂ Illegal Parking: Citizen ATTEND... to read about Input Yields Results (8) CIVIC and share your ÂÂ Honoring Fallen ASSOCATION thoughts on local news and Heroes (9) P-Nats Stadium happenings. Forum ÂÂ Volunteer Questions? Comments? Opportunities (11) June 15 ÂÂ Studies Show Economic Impact of Baseball Stadium (3)

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(Cont’d from p.1) ÂFully  funding the police department’s body-worn camera program ÂBoard’s  $1.7 billion budget for the next school year ÂConstruction  of a 200-bed expansion of the county jail Â$225,000  per district for small road projects of four full-time and two part-time housing assistance employees ÂAddition  Â$400,000  towards helping those living in homelessness or in danger of losing housing ÂRaises  BPOL (business, professional and occupational licenses) tax threshold to $500,000, reducing the tax bill for 618 small businesses To support these improvements to critical county services, the Board approved a real estate tax rate of $1.125 per $100 of assessed value. On average, homeowners will pay an additional $105 per year; $34 of which is an increase to the fire levy. Thank you to all who participated in the budget process, whether by writing to your supervisor, speaking during Citizen’s Time or participating in advisory committees. Please continue to remain active in the local political process.


Addressing the Opioid Crisis Opioid addiction is a national epidemic, and no person or community is immune. Last year in Prince William County, 52 people died of opioid overdose . A number of County agencies are working together to address this health crisis, and encouraging the public to become involved. One step: Attend the Opioid Epidemic summit on June 8. Go to to learn more, including five signs of painkiller abuse. 2

Americans die every day from an -Centers for Disease Control opioid overdose

Opioid Epidemic: Let’s talk about it! Key Note Speaker: Dr. Marissa Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP, State Health Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health Featuring a Special Screening of: Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict Panel Discussion A panel of experts, including representatives from the Greater Prince William Area, will convene to address community questions and concerns.

June 8, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.) Forest Park High School 15721 Forest Park Drive, Woodbridge, VA

Resource fair will take place before and after program. Brought to you by the Community Healthcare Coalition of Greater Prince William.

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Studies Examine Proposed Stadium Impact Ballpark Would Generate $175M in Economic Activity & 288 Jobs

JOIN US... CIVIC ASSOCATION P-Nats Stadium Forum June 15

From Board of County Supervisor meetings to social media and even letters to the editor, Prince William County residents are talking about the proposed Potomac Nationals Stadium at Potomac Town Center. Some are supporters eager to keep the Minor League Baseball team here, along with wanting the accompanying infrastructure and jobs it would bring. Understandably, there are a number of concerned citizens as well: How will this affect traffic? What is the cost to the County? Will we see any benefits? Some of these concerns are addressed in the non-binding letter of intent between the team owner and County, which states that the County would authorize Industrial Development Authority bonds in the amount of $35 million, for which the debt would be paid by the Potomac Nationals for the construction of the 4,600-seat stadium. A VDOT grant will fund construction of a parking garage, which will double as commuter parking, as well as funding the widening of Neabsco Mills Road from two lanes to four, helping to alleviate stadium-related traffic concerns. With the completion of County-commissioned studies on planning, traffic and economic development , County officials are now weighing other potential (Cont’d p.4) Smart Development * Strong Neighborhoods * Better Transportation


SMART DEVELOPMENT (Cont’d from p.3) impacts, both positive and negative. Initial projections show that over the course of repayment, the baseball stadium would generate:









Additionally, the stadium would provide a venue for other community events when it is not being used by the Potomac Nationals. The full reports are available online: Area residents are encouraged to continue learning about the pros and cons of a new stadium in Woodbridge, and to let elected officials know about concerns. Visit for details on a public forum on the stadium, June 15 at Potomac Shores. Also, all Board of County Supervisor meetings are open to the public, and include a designated «Citizen’s Time» during which residents are able to address the Board.

Loop Offers 50 Miles of Connected Living The Woodbridge Pedestrian & Bicycle Loop represents a key tenet of smart growth in NewWoodbridge, offering 50 miles of connected living. People can use this network of trails and sidewalks to explore the area’s diverse cultural and recreational offerings by foot and bike. Nearing completion, trail segments already wind through wetlands at Occoquan Bay and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuges, beaches at Leesylvania State Park, marinas along the Potomac River and slices of history on the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. It also links to developments such as Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center and Neabsco Commons. NewWoodbridge will soon publish a map to help you take in the scenery as you stroll, jog or roll through our community. 4

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Infrastructure Study Brings Fast Ferry Closer

Woodbridge commuters are one step closer to a new option for avoiding congested roadways, instead traveling to work on a scenic ferry ride on the Potomac River, with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s (NVRC) hiring of a consultant to study what is needed to get the boats on the water. The infrastructure gap analysis, scheduled to conclude by yearend, will identify the shoreside infrastructure needed at selected origination and destination points (e.g., parking, transit connections),including infrastructure necessary to make connections to various transit services practical for commuters. Rather than compete with existing transit services, the Fast Ferry is meant to supplement commuter options such as Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Early studies demonstrated that commuter ferry service would deliver

a multitude of benefits to our region. Ferry services would reduce: ÂTraffic  congestion/commute times ÂEnergy  consumption ÂMaintenance  costs on I-95 Additionally, studies show that an affordable and financially sustainable commuter ferry service will enhance security and livability through greater: ÂAccess  to recreation and tourist sites ÂEmergency  preparedness capabilities provided by new evacuation routes ÂMilitary  vessel shoreside capacity for mobilizing military personnel and supplies Preliminary studies note potential origin and destination points in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. In Prince William, identified points are Occoquan Harbour Marina, Belmont Bay and Potomac Shores. To learn more, visit

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Quarterly Update: County Road Projects Here’s the latest on County road projects in the Woodbridge Magesterial District, as work to make NewWoodbridge easier and safer to navigate by foot, bike and car continues. For the full report, click the “Quarterly Project Report” link on Better-Transportation. Blackburn Road Pedestrian Improvements Design process began Dec. 2016, scheduled to complete Aug. 2017, with construction scheduled to begin Sep. 2017. Estimated completion June 2017. Horner Road Sidewalk Project (Forest Glen Road to Kilby E.S.) Connecting 360 feet of missing sidewalk on Horner Road, from the intersection of Forest Glen Road to the Kilby Elementary School entrance. In design phase. Estimated completion May 2018. Opitz Boulevard Sidewalk Project (Potomac Library to Potomac Center Blvd) 1,300-foot sidewalk connecting existing sidewalks from Potomac Center Boulevard to Opitz Boulevard at Potomac Library, with 4-foot buffer strip. In design phase. Estimated completion Sep. 2018.

Powell’s Creek Pedestrian Footbridge Construction activities began Dec. 14, 2016. 95% of clearing is complete. Threat to Northern Long-Eared Bat may affect tree clearing. Estimated completion Sep. 2017. Route 1 – Featherstone to Mary’s Way Right-of-Way plans should be approved and authorized by VDOT in summer 2017. Utility relocation plans and estimates are due June 2017, with work scheduled to begin Jan. 2018. Estimated completion April 2021. Southampton Street Sidewalk (Montgomery Avenue to Pine Lane) 630-foot sidewalk for Potomac Woods Senior Apartments. Surveying completed Jan. 2017. Final design completion scheduled Sep. 2017. Construction begins Spring 2018.

realtime TRAVEL DATA

Potomac Rappahanock Transit Commission (PRTC) riders can now download the free Moovit app for real-time data, “Get Off Alerts” and step-by-step itineraries for commuter and local bus service.


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Make Your Yard a Pollinator Sanctuary

Contributed by Nancy Berlin, Virginia Cooperative Extension

costly, food options. In China, trees have to be hand pollinated using a tool similar to a toothbrush, a slow, tedious method that raises the cost of food. What can you do to save pollinators? Plant what attracts important partners in the ecosystem, and practice these best methods to ensure pollinators will be with us for a long time:

It could be easy to dismiss the decline of honey bees, or not realize the value of other pollinating insects such as beetles, solitary bees and flies. After all, many home gardeners do not like buzzing in their yards, whether from a fear of stings, or just the annoying sound in their ear. Yet, we should welcome these buzzy critters, which are critical to producing much of the food we enjoy: Cukes, melons, tree fruits and berries all require insect pollinators. Squash, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers produce better quality, more abundant fruit when pollinators are involved. No wonder there is so much buzz (pun intended) on modifying our landscapes to protect pollinator populations. The alternative to doing so is fewer, and more

ÂPlant  native. Stores sell many plants that are not native to our area, or are cultivars. Pollinators know the difference. Bees will visit a native coneflower and avoid a fancy cultivar. ÂAvoid  using broad-spectrum pesticides, which also kill beneficial insects. For tips on natural pests control, contact 703-792-7747 or ÂTeach  children to appreciate, and not fear, these pollination workhorses. ÂEstablish  a landscape with “drifts” of native plants to give many nectar/ pollen sources. ÂLeave  some stems in your landscape for solitary bees to use for the laying of eggs. Need help selecting beautiful native plants? Check Virginia Cooperative Extension County webpages for free classes, and visit the Teaching Garden to see native plants in action: grow. Plant NOVA Natives is another good resource:

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Concerned Citizens Alert County to Illegally Parked Tractor Trailers Your input and insight is at the heart of a revitalized NewWoodbridge! As the revitalization of NewWoodbridge continues, with more than $1.5 billion in public and private investment transforming the Route 1 corridor, we continue to rely on your input when you see something of concern in your neighborhood. Recently, several residents contacted Supervisor Principi about the return of illegally parked tractor trailers along Routes 1 and 123. The Supervisor contacted law enforcement officers, who quickly issued removal notices and the trucks

were gone by the next day. Squads in the area said that they will keep an eye out for further illegal truck parking. While the Supervisor’s office makes neighborhood inspections a priority, we can be much more proactive when community members let us know when something is amiss. If you see possible violations of parking ordinances and other community standards, call 703-792-4646 or email Together, we can continue enhancing NewWoodbridge!

Dominion to Replace Aging Power Lines Dominion is preparing to replace two old transmission lines located in Woodbridge. The 115kV lines were originally built in 1948 and 1954 on wooden poles and are now a reliability concern due to their age. Last month, Dominion held two open houses on the project. Visit for project maps and other information.


ÂRequires  no new right of way ÂWill  meet current electrical and safety standards ÂCreates  flexibility in the network, addressing future needs ÂGenerally  comparable in height and location to the existing 230kV lattice structures

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17 Fallen Police Officers Honored Prince William County Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association recently held an event honoring 17 law enforcement officials who lived or worked in Prince William County and died in the line of duty. Prince William County Police Department Major Jarad Phelps talked about the sacrifices police officers make, the danger they face daily and the passion they bring to their work. A video of the moving ceremony can be found online at The 17 fallen heroes honored included: ÂÂJustice of the Peace Thomas Simms Meredith, Prince William County Circuit Court – July 1922 ÂÂTrooper Jackie M. Bussard, Virginia State Police – May 1970 ÂÂOfficer Paul T. White Jr., Prince William County Police – October 1973 ÂÂInvestigator Claude Everett Seymour, Virginia State Police – April 1975 ÂÂTrooper Johnny R. Bowman, Virginia State Police – August 1984 ÂÂSergeant John D. Conner III, Manassas City Police – July 1988 ÂÂOfficer Phillip M. Pennington, Prince William County Police – November 1990 ÂÂTrooper Jose M. Cavazos, Virginia State Police – February 1993 ÂÂSpecial Agent William H. Christian Jr., Federal Bureau of Investigation – May 1995 ÂÂDetective John M. Gibson, United States Capitol Police – July 1998 ÂÂOfficer Marlon E. Morales, Metro Transit Police – June 2001 ÂÂSecond Lt. Francis Joseph Stecco, Fairfax County Police – October 2008 ÂÂSpecial Agent Chad L. Michael, Drug Enforcement Administration – October 2009 ÂÂSpecial Agent Forrest N. Leamon, Drug Enforcement Administration – October 2009 ÂÂOfficer Paul Michael Dittamo, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police – October 2010 ÂÂOfficer Chris Yung, Prince William County Police – December 2012 ÂÂOfficer Ashley Guindon, Prince William County Police – February 2016

Dominion Required to Provide Coal Ash Alternatives Analysis Before Proceeding In response to a County request that Dominion Virginia Power conduct further assessments before the next phase of coal ash pond closures, Dominion sent the County a copy of a letter affirming that it is taking steps outlined in amendments to SB 1398, which address the County’s primary concerns. Supervisors will continue the dialogue with Dominion, state agencies and environmental groups to protect the health of our residents and waterways. Thank you to all who lent their voices to this effort; you have been heard! See the full letter at

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Celebrating Arbor Day at Marumsco Hills

Students from Marumsco Hills Elementary School invited Supervisor Principi to join them in their Arbor Day tree planting ceremony. He also had the opportunity to discuss how the County can best support this School of Excellence.

You’re invited...

P-Nats Stadium Forum With Woodbridge Potomac Civic Association June 15, 7-9 pm at Potomac Shores (Social Barn)

Meet with neighbors, developer JBG Companies & the Potomac Nationals to discuss the proposed stadium and parking garage at Potomac Town Center! 10

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Get Involved! Meals on Wheels Seeks Volunteers

The Prince William Area Agency on Aging offers nutritious meals to older adults through two programs: Meals on Wheels and Lunch at the Senior Center. Both are freshly prepared on site by resident chefs, and menus are reviewed by certified dieticians. Currently, the agency is seeking volunteers to help with the Meals on Wheels program. Learn more about this and other volunteer opportuntiies:

County Boards & Commissions

One of the ways citizens can help better our community is serving on a board, committee or commission; these seats are appointed by the Board of County Supervisors, and advise the Board on everything from aging issues to libraries and zoning regulations. To learn more, call 703-792-4646 or go to:

Local Events in June Potomac Blockade Bus Tour @Leesylvania State Park | June 10, 10 am Taste of Woodbridge @Stonebridge | June 10, 11 am 50 Years of Broadway @Ferlazzo Building | June 11, 3 pm Revolutionary Readers Book Club @Rippon Lodge | June 14, 10 am Book Carnival @Potomac Library | June 24, 1 pm

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NewWoodbridge Vision Summer 2017  

From the FY 2018 budget to roads projects to information on a proposed Potomac Nationals stadium to a summit on the Opioid Crisis, this issu...

NewWoodbridge Vision Summer 2017  

From the FY 2018 budget to roads projects to information on a proposed Potomac Nationals stadium to a summit on the Opioid Crisis, this issu...