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Winter 2019

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Community Updates from Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi

FRANKLY SPEAKING

CELEBRATING 12 YEARS OF PROGRESS IN NEW WOODBRIDGE When I first came to office in 2008, Prince William was facing the fallout from the Great Recession: The Commonwealth and County were operating at a deficit, home prices were plummeting and services had to be cut. Still, in my first “Year in Review”letter, I predicted that if we all worked together, we would rise to the challenges and deliver an even better quality of life for our community. Over a decade later, I stand amazed at what we have achieved in the Woodbridge District. Neighborhoods that once looked like ghost towns are again full of life. We have gone from a community with “sidewalks to nowhere” to one with a 50-mile Pedestrian & Bicycle Loop. Calls for Smart Growth at our earliest Charrettes are now codified in the Comprehensive Plan. Phase I of Route 1 Widening is complete, with the remaining two in progress. We have tackled tough issues, making our County more inclusive, and created a thriving Civic Association. Read on for highlights of all the ways we have been—and will continue—transforming our community. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Supervisor, as we built New Woodbridge together. It has truly been an honor. (Cont. p2)

IN THIS ISSUE.. ÂÂ Have a Say In Future Development Issues (3) ÂÂ North Woodbridge Set For Economic Growth (4) ÂÂ Fast Ferry FAQ (5) ÂÂ Interchanges Getting a Redesign (6) ÂÂ Jefferson Plaza Eyesore Comes Down (8) ÂÂ Complete Count (8) ÂÂ AAA Rating for PWC (9) ÂÂ Give Back This Holiday (10)

THE FINAL TOWN HALL... Mark your calendar for a special Town Hall, December 4, 7-9pm at Ferlazzo Supervisor Principi will look at the progress we have made as a community since 2008, while our Transportation Department highlights upcoming projects to keep you moving even with Holiday continued growth! Open House December 12 2019 Questions? Comments?

Get in touch!

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Progress in New Woodbridge (Cont. from p.1) Smart Development Smart Growth Principles: ÂÂPotomac Community Guidelines established expectations for quality design and Smart Growth principles ÂÂNorth Woodbridge Small Area Plan passage paves way for mixed-use, transit-oriented development ÂÂ$1.7B in invested in capital projects, including $500M for roads and $135M in utility infrastructure ÂÂFive town centers in various stages of development Economic Development & Workforce: ÂÂSupported opening of Woodbridge Economic Development office and hiring of Redevelopment Director ÂÂCreated Commercial Project Manager Program and invested $400k in business incubator ÂÂAttracted $86M for workforce development and targeted industry incubation: George Mason Potomac Education and Research Center, NOVA Regional Center for Workforce Education & Training and NOVA Academic building ÂÂSecured $750k to dredge Neabsco Creek, saving 12 family businesses and accelerating opening of another Better Transportation Roads: ÂÂWidening six miles of Route 1 to 6 lanes, undergrounding utilities, 2

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improving crosswalks and adding sidewalk and multi-use path ÂÂWidening Neabsco Mills to 4 lanes, adding sidewalk and multi-use path ÂÂFunded $31.8M I-95 auxiliary lane to relieve the bottleneck between 123 and the Prince William Parkway ÂÂFunded reversible ramp linking 95 Express Lanes to Opitz Boulevard ÂÂFunded 1,400 space “Commuter Express” garage at Stonebridge Transit: ÂÂ$13.3M in upgrades to VRE stations ÂÂ$6M in Omniride enhancements: 8 new buses, expanded routes and frequency and a new maintenance facility ÂÂNew PRTC Strategic Plan calls for evaluation of new services like bike share, fast ferry and autonomous buses ÂÂPRTC published Fast Ferry Request for Information, after NVRC studies demonstrated market feasibility Strong Neighborhoods Blight & Property Maintenance: ÂÂ75 blighted buildings demolished as part of Route 1 Widening ÂÂ23 residential and commercial properties from Top 10 Blight List renovated or demolished since 2012 ÂÂ18,281 property code cases opened in the Woodbridge District from January 1, 2008 to October 18, 2019, with 88% voluntary abatement rate (Cont. p7) Winter 2019 | NewWoodbridge.org

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You Can Have A Say On Future Development!

Joining the Civic Assocation enables you to take an active role in shaping land use decisions in your community.

Have you ever wanted a seat at the table for development decisions in New Woodbridge? Then consider joining the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association! The Prince William Planning Department asks development applicants to meet with the Association to get their input. In this way, members can engage directly in the planning process and significantly shape the future of Woodbridge. For example, when a McDonald’s wanted to move to a new location on Route 1, the Civic Association successfully added several legally binding requirements. Now, when the move is complete, McDonald’s must abandon its Special Use Permit, which means a new drive-in cannot

open there without first going through County approvals and public input. The agreemeent also calls for improved pedestrian access and graffiti monitoring. The Civic Association also led the effort to secure $12 million to underground utilities on Route 1, and works with the business community and transportation departments to enhance economic opportunity and quality of life in New Woodbridge. Additionally, the group provided vital input into the North Woodbridge Small Area Plan, which will transform this gateway area into Prince William (learn more on p4). Visit wpcca.org for Civic Association meeting and membership information.

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North Woodbridge Poised for Economic Growth & Revitalization With passage of the Small Area Plan, North Woodbridge is poised to become the economic engine of Eastern Prince William. Just three VRE stops away from Amazon HQ2, this mixed-use town center will be built along a “Transit Triangle” of rail, bus and HOT lanes, with plans to add Fast Ferry and Bus Rapid Transit. As envisioned, this bustling area will have nearly 12,000 residential units and 2M square feet of commercial space by 2040. Planned features include an amphitheatre, schools and a library, while also preserving established neighborhoods, historical sites and the light industrial area on Dawson Beach Road. Supporting infrastructure includes the current widening of Route 1 to six lanes, and two road extensions, which will connect:

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ÂAnnapolis  Way to Route 123, facilitating access to the 123 Commuter Lot ÂMarina  Way to Horner Road, creating a retail spine leading to the waterfront VDOT has also purchased right-of-way for a North Woodbridge interchange into Belmont Bay, and the planned street grid will encourage walking and cycling. Additionally, North Woodbridge offers four Opportunity Zones, a federal designation that provides capital gains tax incentives 4

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meant to spur revitalization. “North Woodbridge’s strategic location is ideal for catalyzing revitalization in Eastern Prince William,” said PWC Economic Development Director Christina Winn. “Mixed-use, transit-oriented development will set the stage to attract a highly-educated workforce and targeted Class A office tenants, making this the region’s next major employment corridor.” Her department recently opened a satellite office in Woodbridge, naming Jim Gahres as Redevelopment and Special Projects Director. His role will include attracting companies to North Woodbridge. Winter 2019 | NewWoodbridge.org


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Commuter Fast Ferry Question & Answer This summer, the City of Alexandria embraced commuter Fast Ferry during the Metro shutdown. The popular program, which averaged 5,000 trips a day, was extended through the end of the year. Water taxis also ferry passengers between The Wharf, National Harbor and Georgetown, and the US Maritime Administration has designated the Occoquan/Potomac/Anacostia River System as “495 Marine Highway Crossing,”or M-495. The question is not if ferry will become part of National Capital Region’s transportation network, but how to create a sustainable commuter system that includes Prince William County. Following are answers to some commonly asked questions about taking advantage of the region’s Blue Highways. What’s the latest on efforts to bring commuter Fast Ferry to Prince William County? ÂRFI  Issued: PRTC/OmniRide distributed a Request for Information to ferry operators across the U.S., to gain a greater understanding of their capabilities and strategic outlook on launching a sustainable commuter ferry system n the region. Responses are due Dec. 5, 2019, and could inform a Request for Proposal. This builds upon six studies conducted over 10 years, including a feasibility study and route proving exercise. Ferry is also included in PRTC’s strategic plan. ÂFerry  Entered Into PWC Comprehensive Plan: With the Board’s recent approval of the North Woodbridge Small Area Plan, which envisions a terminal at Occoquan Harbour Marina, commuter ferry became part of the County’s Comprehensive Plan. This allows for greater County support, and can open up outside funding opportunities. North Woodbridge property owners have expressed support, and are participating in Northern Virginia Regional Commission-led stakeholder meetings. ÂIndustry  Meetings: This fall, members of the NVRC stakeholder group, including Supervisor Principi, met with ferry operators, maritime consultants and private investors about best practices, lessons learned and other considerations. We also spoke with representatives of cities where ferry is an integral part of their transit system, such as New York, Seattle and San Francisco. Where would the ferry travel to and from? ÂInitial  Route: The initial route would likely be between Occoquan Harbour Marina and Joint Base Bolling-Anacostia (JBAB)/Department of Homeland Security (Cont. p6) Smart Development * Strong Neighborhoods * Better Transportation

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Commuter Fast Ferry (Cont. from p5) (DHS), as it has the largest built-in ridership base; over 4,000 workers live within Destination Minutes Miles a 15-minute drive of the marina. JBAB/DHS 45 26 ÂAdditional  Destinations: Other possible 63 28 destinations are Alexandria, Fort Belvoir Amazon HQ2/DCA 50 25 and The Wharf. See the chart at right for Alexandria 58 30 more routes and estimated travel times. The Wharf ÂPrince  William: The ferry could offer a Navy Yard 59 31 “reverse commute,” bringing employees National Harbor 53 24 to job centers in Prince William, such as Fort Belvoir 29 14 Sentara, Kaiser Permanente and future office space in North Woodbridge. ÂTourism  & Events: The RFI asks operators to consider excursions from Woodbridge to attractions in the region. Fast Ferry could also increase Prince William’s share of regional tourism: In 2017, DC hosted 20.8M tourists, spending $7.5B and supporting 75,000 jobs. How would Fast Ferry differ from other transportation modes? ÂConsistency:  There are no traffic jams on the water. Ferry commuters across the country report consistent commute times compared to other transit modes. ÂFaster,  Less Expensive Start Up: Compared to roads and rail, which can require years of right-of-way acquisition and construction, Fast Ferry projects can be launched relatively quickly and for far less, and can be scaled up more quickly. ÂExperience:  Offers a relaxing experience, with concessions and WiFi on the water.

VISIT POTOMACCOMMUTERFASTFERRY.COM TO LEARN MORE The North Woodbridge Interchange is Getting a New Look! The interchange will relieve congestion, improve safety and provide pedestrian and bicycle connections by extending Route 123 over Route 1 to connect directly with Belmont Bay Drive. VDOT is using a Value Engineering process to explore design alternatives to reduce the project’s footprint and cost. VDOT anticipates unveiling the new plan at a public information hearing early next year. Stay tuned! 6

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12 YEARS OF PROGRESS IN NEW WOODBRIDGE Continued from p2

Schools ÂÂ3 new schools built or currently under construction ÂÂ6 schools renewed/renovated ÂÂ39 classrooms additions ÂÂ5% teacher pay raise; largest in 15 years Public Safety ÂÂ99 officers and staff added to Prince William Police and Fire Departments ÂÂ2 new Fire & Rescue facilities built ÂÂ470 Body-Worn Cameras deployed by Prince William Police Parks: ÂÂOpened Neabsco Regional Park, linking PHNST, Rippon Lodge, Leesylvania and more ÂÂCompleted ADA accessibility inventory of Woodbridge parks, and $806,000

worth of accessibility improvements at Veterans and Hammill Mill Parks ÂÂAdded skate park and nearly $1M of improvements to little league fields at Veterans Park Streetlights: ÂÂ35 new streetlights installed ÂÂ29 streetlights upgraded ÂÂTotal investment $158,346.91 Human Rights & Services ÂÂBan the Box: Criminal record question removed from County job applications ÂÂCounty recognizes its first Pride month ÂÂNo Wrong Door program streamlines access to all Human Services offerings ÂÂProfessionalized Coalition for Human Services to better foster collaboration between nonprofits in Prince William

Thank you for joining me on this incredible journey of community transformation. I hope that you remain involved: Through cleanups, at Board of County Supervisor meetings and in the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Assocation. While my term as your Supervisor is ending, I remain an advocate for Woodbridge and can be reached at fprincipi@aol.com after December 31. See you in the neighborhood! Smart Development * Strong Neighborhoods * Better Transportation

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Complete Count: It Pays to Complete Census From political representation to road funding, Prince William County has everything to gain by getting a Complete Count during the 2020 Census. This nationwide survey, conducted every 10 years, determines how federal funding, electoral districts and other resources are allocated to localities for years to come— it can be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to improve education, healthcare and other services for children in our community. This spring, for the first time, you can take the Cenus online at Census.gov, making it easier than ever to help Prince William

County get its share of the $675B in federal funds that are allocated based on Census data each year. For instance, $38B in Highway Planning and Construction funds are allocated to jurisdictions through this process. Complete Count can also foster economic development, with businesses using census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores that create jobs. A complete count is a chance for our community to enhance resources for meeting the challenges that come with growth, so that we can turn them into opportunities.

Long-time Eyesore Comes Down! Public Nuisance Demolished at Jefferson Plaza

The dilapidated building at the back of Jefferson Plaza has long been on Supervisor Principi’s Top 10 Blight List; it has over 50 maintenance and building code violations, and had 60 police calls in one year alone. With assistance from the Supervisor’s office, the Woodbridge Civic Association petitioned the Attorney General to empanel a grand jury, which declared the building a public nuisance in 2018, compelling the Garrett Companies to demolish this public health hazard and clearing the way for more Smart Development along Route 1.

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Thank you to the 400 residents who attended the 4th International Festival of Woodbridge to celebrate performing arts and diversity in our community! Nepal, Bolivia, Scotland, Egypt and India were among the many cultures that shared traditions through dance, poetry, food and music. One-third of Woodbridge residents are foreign born; this rich mix of cultures and traditions add to the fabric of our neighborhoods, united by a shared desire for a bright future.

County AAA Bond Rating Means Lower Borrowring Cost for Bonds Each major bond credit rating agency (Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service, and S&P Global Ratings) reaffirmed the County’s financial position with a AAA bond rating – the highest vailable. This reflects our sound fiscal management, and is an achievement held by less than 2% of the nation’s 3,190 counties. This enables the County to borrow at a lower rate when it issues the bonds that Prince William voters recently approved voters: $41M for park projects, and $355M for transportation solutions, including a long-awaited Route 28 bypass and widening, and improvements to the merge point from Route 123 onto Old Bridge Road.

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Supervisor Frank J. Principi invites you...

Join the New Woodbridge team for food, drink & fellowship. Free to attend; please bring an item for our holiday food drive.

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New Animal Shelter to Open Fall 2021

The design, plan review and permitting for the new Prince William County Animal Shelter has been completed. While the plan review and permitting phase took a little longer than anticipated, the construction completion date remains September 2021, thanks to construction efficiencies identified by the Facilities Construction Management staff. Features of the new 27,200 square feet facility will include expanded: ÂAdoption,  quarantine and visitation areas ÂVeterinarian  support space ÂFeed  and equipment storage areas ÂExam  and grooming rooms ÂStray  animal kennels ÂSpace  to address surge capacity related to animal cruelty and hoarding case

The shelter design is in full compliance with Association of Shelter Veterinarians facility standards, and will greatly improve the ability of staff to offer the best care possible to animals during their stay.

Local Events

Town Hall: Connecting to Our Future @Ferlazzo Building | Dec. 4, 7-9pm Woodbridge Holiday Open House @Ferlazzo | Dec. 12, 4-7pm Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge @Rippon Lodge | Dec. 14, 1-7 pm Workshop: Living With Chronic Pain @Woodbridge Senior Center | Dec. 16, 9:30am-12pm Senior Center Holiday Party @Woodbridge Senior Center | Dec. 8, 1-4pm PFLAG @Bull Run Unitarian|Dec. 17, 7-8:30pm Workshop: When Families Get Angry @Ferlazzo| 9:30am-12pm (Start of 11-week series) NewWoodbridge.org/Calendar 10

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Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Check out Volunteer Prince William, a connection point for opportunities at nonprofits throughout our community. You can search for ongoing or one-time needs, child-friendly activities, types of service and more. This month, VPW is also seeking donations for its Un-Trim-A-Tree program, which provides holiday gifts to those in need. Learn more online!

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Who Should I Call?

County Resources for Your Neighborhood Concerns Neighborhood concerns? Prince William County can help! Following is a list of resources for the most common questions we hear from consituents. When in doubt, you can also call the Woodbridge District office at 703-792-4646. Traffic Safety Concern? Richard Weinmann, (703) 792-8002 RWeinmann@pwcgov.org Road or Sidewalk Problems? Steve Stevens, (703) 792-6817 sstevens@pwcgov.org Traffic Sign Down or Missing? Sign Shop, (703)-792-5765 signshop@pwcgov.org Illegal Parking or Unwanted Behavior? Police Non-Emergency, (703) 792-4646 Property Code Violations? Neighborhood Services, (703)-792-7018 nsd@pwcgov.org

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Month-Long Effort Culminates in Dumpster Day Neighborhood Services removed 2.37 tons of junk from Woodbridge on Dumpster Day. Residents were also able to recycle glass and shred 3,250 pounds of documents. Dumpster Day is the final step in a monthlong effort that starts with an education campaign on property codes, moves to citations as needed, and then provides residents with the help they need to abate violations. This helps enhance the quality of life and protect home values for all residents in New Woodbridge. Special thanks to our volunteers from the Woodbridge

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Get the latest community news, and read about all we have accomplished together in the 12 years since Supervisor Principi took office: $1.7B...

New Woodbridge Vision Newsletter - Winter 2019  

Get the latest community news, and read about all we have accomplished together in the 12 years since Supervisor Principi took office: $1.7B...

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