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Q4 2017

NewWoodbridge Vision

Community Updates from Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi

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HUNDREDS ATTEND FAST FERRY SUMMIT A lot of things have changed since I first took office in 2008. Complaints about traffic congestion is not one of them. Even as over $1 billion in public-private investment transforms the Route 1 corridor in Woodbridge, expanding the thoroughfare to six lanes and adding a network of sidewalks and bike trails, the reality is that roads alone will not solve the region’s transportation crisis. For this reason, I have long been an advocate of bringing Fast Ferry to the Washington, DC area, and in September, I invited government leaders, industry experts and area residents to a Ferry Summit to discuss the future of this transportation solution and to experience a ferry ride firsthand. More than 350 people attended. While I continue to also support bringing Metro to Prince William County, Fast Ferry is more attainable in the near-term. Within a few years, it is likely that County (Cont’d p.2)

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FRANKLY SPEAKING (Cont’d from p.3) residents would have the option of commuting to work via a high-speed catamaran, in under an hour into DC, at a price point competitive with rail and less expensive that HOT Lanes. Can you imagine a relaxing commute in reclining leather seats, free Wi-Fi, CNN on the TV monitors, drinking beer, wine, and coffee from the bar? Four new high-speed catamarans serving National Harbor/MGM and other points north, combined with new studies and federal grant funding are now coming together for residents of eastern Prince William County. During the Fast Ferry Summit, Willem Polak, former owner of Potomac Riverboat Company, which operates water taxis between Alexandria, National Harbor and DC, said the company is considering Woodbridge as a possible destination for its service. He said that commuter ferry service, to and from Woodbridge, would require an initial investment of $20 million for two new vessels plus capital infrastructure costs. Lauren Brand, Deputy Administrator, Maritime Administrator, told the group that the efforts in Woodbridge are being held up as a national model to launch fast ferry service in the nation. Polak also shared that once the market was confirmed, it would take a year to build the two new vessels. In addition to moving commuters off Interstate 95 and Route 1, fast ferry service would enhance our region’s emergency preparedness (think «Miracle on the Hudson») homeland security capacity (mass evacuation), promote tourism (take the ferry to a Washington Nationals baseball game), 2

and support economic development at the various passenger terminal and parking locations in the region. Look for more community forums on fast ferry. You can also read studies and articles at newwoodbridge.org/ fastferry. You can also find updates at Facebook.com/NewWoodbridge. More than 350 people gathered for aFast Ferry Summit in Woodbridge, which brought together government, military, and industry representatives from around the country together with private citizens. The event included a luncheon with a guest speaker, Steering Committee meeting, demonstration rides on-board a fast ferry, reception and panel presentations. Summit Panelist Included: »» Deputy Director, US Department of Homeland Security, Captain James Bamberger »» Director, Office of Marine Highways, U.S. Maritime Administration, Scott Davies »» Principal, Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associations, Tim Payne »» Former Owner, Potomac Riverboat Company, Willem Polak Thanks to Summit Partners & Sponsors: »» Northern Virginia Regional Commission »» Dominion Energy »» Entertainment Cruises »» Kettler »» Harbourview Event Center »» The IDI Group Companies »» Occoquan Harbour Marina »» Potomac Riverboat Company »» Prince William Living »» The W Group »» Metal Shark »» Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association

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SMART DEVELOPMENT

Progress on the New Woodbridge Vision Smart Development Projects Expand Economic Opportunity The Vision of a New Woodbridge sets forth a course with clear direction for the future of our community. A future that reduces traffic congestion and improves safety, maintains the high quality of life we all expect in every neighborhood and provides job growth and business expansion near where we live and play.

range of housing options ÂUtilize  compact building design walkability, green space ÂPromote  preservation and sustainability ÂFoster  a sense of place and encourages community collaboration ÂMaximize  existing and future infrastructure

One of the critical pillars of achieving this vision is mixed-use, smart growth development that maximizes existing transit and prepares for new options, such as new VRE stations and PRTC commuter bus stops, or the addition of Metrorail, high-speed trains and Fast Ferry service as they become available. Applying smart growth principles can be challenging especially in communities such as Prince William County, as our population continues to grow. It requires planning not only for the immediate and short-terms, but also for the longterm, with an understanding of how the various puzzle pieces fit together to help make the vision a reality.

Town Centers for Convenience, Vibrancy Town Centers are a perfect example of smart growth design. They promote and often create a critical mass of activity, which investors and businesses are looking for when they open a new store or office. In this way, they expand the tax base and create jobs. Town Centers also combine live, work, eat and play space, offering convenience for shoppers, residents and visitors and encouraging activity, vibrancy and an enhanced quality of life. Additionally, these developments are take full advantage of existing transit infrastructure, and are capable of integrating new transit services as they become available.

What is Smart Growth? Smart Growth is a series of principles that serve as a baseline for development and growth, designed to: ÂCultivate  a range of employment opportunities incorporate a mix of residential, commercial and retail space in close proximity, with a

Currently there are four existing, and one planned, Town Center along the I-95 corridor in eastern Prince William: Belmont Bay, Potomac Town Center, Neabsco Mills, Potomac Shores and North Woodbridge (planned). The Potomac Communities Design Guidelines, of which Supervisor Principi (Cont’d p.4)

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SMART DEVELOPMENT (Cont’d from p.3) was the chief sponsor, is a tool and resource to help developers meet many of the smart growth requirements. Strategic Planning for Future Growth This focus on smart growth--strategically planning for inevitable population increases and service demands--is critical as we continue the progress made towards building a New Woodbridge. In the last eight years, hundreds of millions in public and private funds have been invested to widen Route 1

from Neabsco Mills to Mary’s Way, and in his second term as PRTC Chairman, Supervisor Principic continues setting a new direction for PRTC and VRE service. Meanwhile, strong code enforcement in and around our neighborhoods and increased funding of core services such as public safety and education serve to strengthen our community. The resulting revitalization can be seen all around us, as together we make this a more desirable place for all who do, and one day will, call New Woodbridge home.

Highlights: Smart Development in Eastern Prince William North Woodbridge Small Area Plan | bit.ly/woodbridgeareaplan Over the past decade a number of plans and studies have been created for North Woodbridge. The Small Area Plan will revisit and synthesize earlier plans, distilling them into a single vision with actionable steps toward redevelopment and revitalization. The North Woodbridge Charrette and Town Meeting, open to the public, will occur in January 2018. Rivergate | idigroup.com/project/rivergate/ Developed by the IDI Group Companies, this project will include 720 living units in two upscale buildings. Over 40% of the site area will be preserved as open space, to include a portion of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. County Economic Development met with IDI to discuss a potential co-working space for home-based businesses and teleworkers. One building is near completion and construction of a second may start in Spring 2018. Belmont Bay/GMU Potomac Science Center | cos.gmu.edu/perec/#.WfdWR1tSzcs George Mason University’s state-of-the-art, $32 million, 50,000 square-foot waterfront facility primarily houses the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, with 8 research labs and space for K-12 programs and public outreach. GMU also won a $3.85 million Department of Homeland Security grant for a new Center of Excellence in Criminal Investigations & Network Analysis. County Economic Development staff is working with GMU to leverage this, and ongoing work in geospatial intelligence, for future opportunities. The Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association will its Jan. 18 meeting here at 7 pm; «Protecting Our Local Environment.» Learn about more Smart Growth projects in our community at NewWoodbridge.org. 4

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BETTER TRANSPORTATION

Will Acela Train Stop at Woodbridge VRE?

The Federal Rail Administration and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation published a preliminary Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the next step to constructing a third raibetween Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. The 123-mile high speed rail corridor would enable 90mph trains to traverse these locations in 90-minutes, with stops in between at locations like Woodbridge.

“Our major interstate corridors such as I–95, I–395, and I–495 have essentially reached their ultimate footprints where future widening will be cost prohibitive, impacts to communities will be too great,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. “Improving and expanding freight, commuter and Amtrak rail service will provide travel choices for commuters and businesses alike.”

Known as the Washington, D.C. to Richmond Southeast High Speed Rail (DC2RVA) Project, it will expand existing rail capacity for freight and passenger service, possibly contributing to bidirectional VRE service. The $4 billion in improvements would include: ÂConstruct  an additional 3rd and 4th main line track and track crossovers; ÂStraighten  curves in existing tracks to allow for higher speeds; ÂImprove  intercity passenger rail stations and station areas; ÂImprove  sidings and signals; and ÂImplement  roadway crossing safety improvements at selected sites.

DC2RVA benefits include helping the region meet the challenges of population growth, gridlock, pollution and air travel congestion, while expanding rail capacity and enhancing on-time performance for existing rail service. However, these come with some possible negative impacts as described in the EIS, including the possible government “taking” of homes on Railroad Avenue and a marina in Neabsco Creek, and the construction of three new bridges in Woodbridge (over the Occoquan River, Neabsco Creek, and Powells Creek). Learn more at newwoodbridge.org/ better-transportation/dc2rva/.

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BETTER TRANSPORTATION

Quarterly Update: Local Road Projects In addition to being at the forefront of efforts to invest in transit such as PRTC bus service, Fast Ferry and Metro, Supervisor Principi works with County officials as they manage road projects meant to reduce gridlock in New Woodbridge; a quarterly update is below. To see updates on all County transportation projects, visit bit.ly/TranspoQ3. Blackburn Road Pedestrian Improvements ÂÂFinal plan submission occurred in early August 2017. ÂÂComments received from VDOT, PWC Land Development, PWC Environmental Services, and PWC Parks and Recreation are being addressed. ÂÂVDOT’s Traffic Engineering comments are still pending. ÂÂConstruction advertisement is planned for November 2017, construction is scheduled to begin in Winter 2017/2018.

Horner Road Sidewalk Project (Forest Glen Road to Kilby Elementary School) ÂÂUtility designation completed in early August 2017. ÂÂDesign began in May 2017 and will end December 2017, with construction scheduled to begin in March 2018.

Opitz Boulevard Sidewalk Project (Potomac Library to Potomac Center Boulevard) ÂÂField survey and mapping completed in early August 2017. ÂÂDesign began in June 2017, construction is scheduled May 2018-September 2018.

Powell’s Creek Pedestrian Footbridge ÂÂWaterline changeover and drilling work on the bridge was completed in July. ÂÂCaissons will require reinforcement to meet code, and is contractor’s responsibility. ÂÂConstruction is tentatively scheduled to completed by November 2017.

Rippon Landing Neighborhood Park Parking Lot ÂÂThe project involves construction of a 100 vehicle parking lot at the intersection of Admiral Black Drive and Blackburn Road. ÂÂMajor design work items include traffic analysis and associated design of required turn lanes along Blackburn, conceptual trail drawings and landscaping plans for existing gravel parking lot and survey work of new location. ÂÂDesign completion date set for January 2018.

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STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS

Join Us! Human Services Listening Tour

By Betty Dean, Chair, Greater Prince William Coalition for Human Service

“Human Services is a service that is provided to people in order to help them stabilize their life and find self-sufficiency through guidance, counseling, treatment and the providing of basic needs.” - HumanServicesEdu.org Earlier this year, Prince William County adopted a new Strategic Plan that will guide its priorities over the next three years. A desired outcome under the category of “Well-Being” states: Increase cooperation and coordination between faith- based, not-for-profit and private sector partnerships to address human service needs, to include a county-wide faith-based community coalition. To address this objective, the Board of County Supervisors and county staff are partnering with the Greater Prince William Coalition for Human Services to host town halls in each district for faith-based organizations and other providers of human services. These will be focused on learning the needs of our local not-for-profit organizations (faith-based and secular), as well as the needs of the communities they serve,

allowing for better coordination of outreach and social ministry services, and highlighting existing resources that support their efforts. The Coalition will summarize what is learned, presenting it to a county-wide gathering in the Spring – so it can work collaboratively to define the path for achieving the Strategic Plan’s recommendation. Events are being planned for the November/December timeframe. Supervisor Principi needs your help to make sure all Woodbridge-based organizations providing human service, and businesses and individuals that support these efforts, have the opportunity to participate. If you would like to be invited. or if you know of an organization that should receive an invitation, please email your name and your organization’s name to: fprincipi@pwcgov.

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STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS

Award-winning Partnership Breathes New Life into Leesylvania Shoreline

A partnership between federal, state, regional and local agencies, along with private organizations, has earned Leesylvania State Park an American Public Works Association 2017 Award for Environmental Sustainability. In 2016, Prince William County Department of Public Works managed the creation of a “Living Shoreline,” in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Prince William County Conservation Alliance and Dominion Virginia Power, and several other organizations. Created through planting native marsh

vegetation and installing of a barrier of rocks just offshore to act as a breakwater, it prevents erosion along 800 feet of shoreline along the Potomac River. Previously, erosion had made its way onto land, leaving tree roots exposed during high tide, leading to the removal of several tree. Already, new plant life is taking hold, and erosion that threatened a stone path that traces a path used by the Native Americans before colonists arrived has halted. The project also benefits wildlife, creating habitat for the fish and for terrestrial animals like birds, amphibians and reptiles. Learn more: newwoodbridge.org/ projects/living-shoreline.

Former Winter Homeless Shelter to Offer Year-Round Services The County’s Department of Social Services contracted with Streetlight Ministries to operate a year-round overnight adult shelter (14730 Potomac Mills Rd. in Woodbridge). Nearby, Bill Mehr Drop-In Center, 14715 Potomac Mills Rd., offers services leading toward self-sufficiency. 8

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STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS

New Animal Shelter Will Be Larger, Safer Animal lovers rejoice! The Board of County Supervisors voted to construct a new, 28,105 square-foot animal shelter. It will have 106 double-sided cat kennels and 56 double-sided dog kennels, along with separate spaces for small mammals, reptiles and birds. The current shelter, built in 1975 and expanded in 1990, has been in need of replacement for many years. The Prince William SPCA, along with numerous community members, have long lobbied for a new shelter that would offer a healthier, more comfortable environment for animals and shelter employees alike. Learn more: http://bit.ly/pwcshelter.

Meagan Landis, A Committment to Service Meet our New Constituent Service Manager

I am Meagan Landis, the new Constituent Service Manager for Supervisor Frank Principi. My background is in public service, with a strong commitment to public sector values. Community Service and political activism were a large part of my upbringing and inspired me to work with numerous nonprofits and campaigns to positively impact the communities I belong to, including the military community, as well as with disenfranchised communities across the country. I have a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Penn State and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from University of Maryland University College, and a great enthusiasm for public service. Prince William County is where I chose to raise my two young boys. I am highly invested in this community and hope to apply my experience by representing and advocating for our constituents as we continue to make Prince William a place we are proud to call home. I look forward to getting to know and work with you all! I can be reached at mlandis@pwcgov.org. Smart Development * Strong Neighborhoods * Better Transportation

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YOUR NEWWOODBRIDGE

The Science of Pumpkins at Featherstone At Featherstone Elementary School, science is everywhere! Pre-K teacher Emily Sasz recently used pumpkins for a fun lesson that taught size comparison and counting, followed by an experiment with pumpkin volcanoes.

Local Events Tree Lighting @Stonebridge | Nov. 24, 6 pm Nature Buddies: It’s a Jungle Out There @Veteran’s Park | Nov. 30, 1 pm Holidays Through the Ages @Rippon Historic Lodge | Dec. 2, 11 am Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge @Rippon Historic | Dec. 9, 10 am Civil War Christmas @Leesylvania Park |Dec. 16, 10 am

Do You Follow? Here are three easy ways to stay connected to the New Woodbridge community: ÂÂ Visit NewWoodbridge.org for local news & events ÂÂ For questions & updates, follow Facebook.com/NewWoodbridge ÂÂ Sign-up for monthly email news: bit.ly/reg4vision

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Road Projects, Cont’d Route 1 – Featherstone to Mary’s Way ÂÂPRTC has provided details for a new bus shelter design. ÂÂDemolition of businesses impacted by construction is anticipated for January/February 2018. ÂÂDuct bank work is anticipated to begin in March/April 2018. ÂÂAwaiting VDOT authorization to start Right-of-Way negotiations for partial take properties. ÂÂUtility relocations are scheduled to begin in January 2018. Estimated construction completion date is November 2022.

Route 1/123 Interchange ÂÂConstruction, including Northbound widending is underway and will be done in phases; day and night closures continue. ÂÂPhase I- Route 1 widening from Annapolis Way to Mary’s Way. ÂÂPhase II- Interchange, funded for design and Right-of-Way. ÂÂUtility undergrounding awarded in early 2015.

Route 638 Blackburn Road at Rippon Boulevard (Installation of signal) ÂÂDeveloping additional materials based on comments received from willingness. ÂÂVDOT will host information meeting at Freedom High School on December 6.

Southampton Street Sidewalk (Montgomery Avenue to Pine Lane) ÂÂDesign is on-going; final design is scheduled for completion in September 2017. ÂÂConstruction is scheduled to begin in spring 2018

Discover Your Community! Civic Association Meetings All are welcome! New topics monthly. Meets at 7 pm, location varies. RSVP to bjohnson@pwcgov.org. Â1/8: Â Protecting Our Local Environment Â2/15: Â School Overcrowding, Land Use Â3/15: Â Multi-Cultural Exchange

Learn More at NewWoodbridge.org/Calendar

Congratulations Freedom HS Eagles! The Freedom High School football team is undefeated and averaging 60 points a game as of publication time, ranking as one of the Top 10 teams in the Washington, DC metro region. Go team!

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