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Winter 2017

NewWoodbridge Vision

Community Updates from Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi

FRANKLY SPEAKING

SAYING YES TO SMART GROWTH I haven’t always been popular with developers. Most of the residential growth–apartments, strip malls, fast–food drive–ins–that you do see along Route 1 is the result of what is known as “stale zoning.” Zoning that was approved, in some cases, decades ago (and didn’t require approval from the current Board of County Supervisors). As for many other development applications, I am known for just saying “no.” I’ve said no to residential, strip mall, and fast–food drive– throughs because they don’t pay for themselves, don’t have the supporting infrastructure, or they don't meet our design guidelines. Basically, I’ve said “no” to anything that doesn’t contribute to a compact, walkable, bicycle-friendly, mixed use, and more connected community. This is the vision of a New Woodbridge! Still, in a growing area like metropolitan D.C., development is inevitable. To me, it’s always been about deferring that growth until we catch up and address the infrastructure deficit. Infrastructure comes first to better accommodate and manage that growth. Additionally, we needed a welldefined vision about how to manage that growth in a way that enhances everyone’s quality of life and provides economic opportunity for all who live here. I’m pleased to say that we have more than $1 billion and growing in new infrastructure in New CONT'D ON PAGE 2

IN THIS ISSUE.. ÂÂ Stadium Talks Continue (2)

KNOW MORE, SOONER

Learn more about your community, sooner. Visit NewWoodbridge.org to sign up for ÂÂ County Finishes $148M in Roads electronic newsletters and Projects (5) community updates. follow Facebook. ÂÂ Body-Worn Camera COMMENT Also Testing a Success (5) com/NewWoodbridge. ÂÂ More Progress in 2017 (3)

ÂÂ Work Begins on HOT Lane Extension (6) ÂÂ Celebrate Keep PW Beautiful Week (7)

ON COAL ASH PERMIT BY MARCH 10

Questions? Comments? Get in touch!

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Woodbridge. Infrastructure includes new and widened roads and bridges; new and expanded schools; new gas, water, and electric lines; more and better sidewalks and trails, additional commuter parking lots, and a nascent 50–mile Woodbridge Loop. As a result of this on–going investment, the development community is now knocking at our door. Builders specializing in mixed-use, smart growth, live/work/play centers and that have agreed to comply with our design guidelines, are now considering expanding existing centers and building new ones. The litmus test I apply to all new development includes the 10-Smart Growth Principles below: • • • • • • • • • •

Creates a mix of land uses (residential, office, retail) Takes advantage of compact building designs Creates a range of housing opportunities, choices, and price points Creates walkable, bicycle-friendly, neighborhoods Fosters distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place Preserves open/green space, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas Strengthens and directs development in existing communities Provides a variety of transportation/transit choices Makes development decisions predictable, fair, and cost-effective Encourages community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

As these development discussions progress, please plan to participate in my town halls, teletownhalls, civic association meetings, and other forums to help shape your community. While New Woodbridge will not happen overnight, this is the type of development that could earn my “yes” vote on the Board of Supervisors when the time comes. Read more about smart growth at NewWoodbridge.org/smart-development.

WEIGH IN ON NEW STAGE OF DOMINIAN COAL ASH REMOVAL As Virginia Dominion Power prepares to enter the next stage of closing 4 of the 5 coal ash ponds (138 acres) on Possum Point Road, the public has the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed permit dealing with solid waste disposal. Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting public comment now through March 10. This is the most significant environmental matter facing the Board of Supervisors in a decade and we need your input. How to Comment: DEQ accepts comments by hand-delivery, e-mail, fax or mail. Comments must include your name, address and telephone number. Submit comments as follows:

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Email: PossumPointPowerStationWastePermit@ deq.virginia.gov Mail/In-person: Richard Doucette, Land Protection Manager; Virginia DEQ, Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court, Woodbridge, VA 22193 Questions? Call 703-583- 3813 The DEQ meeting will provide information on a proposed solid waste permit that regulates the closure of the coal ash ponds. The closure of these ponds is necessitated by final coal ash regulations that were approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. The proposed permit addresses the closure of coal ash Pond D, which is closing in place, including the capping and postclosure care. The proposed solid waste permit also covers the remaining coal ash ponds, which are being closed through removal.

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New Potomac Nationals Stadium Discussion Moves Forward Talk of a new Potomac Nationals baseball stadium near Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center has been in, and then out, of the news for some time. Recently, County officials and team owner Art Silber have been exploring new proposals for getting the team into a new home–something that Major League Baseball (MLB) has said must happen by the end of the 2018 season, as Pfitzner Stadium, built in 1984, no longer meets their standards. Without County support, the team would likely move to North or South Carolina. One proposal includes the County preparing the land for use, and working with the Industrial Development Authority to issue $35 million in municipal bonds, which the Nationals would pay back over the course of a 30–year lease. The team would also be responsible for the ground lease payment, $450,000 annually, owed to the property

owner, JBG. VDOT recently announced it would fund the construction costs of the commuter parking garage, estimated at $21 million, which would double as a free commuter lot for area residents (slug, carpool, vanpool, etc,). “Deciding what, if any, role the County should play in the stadium/parking garage project is a very long, complicated process, and we’re committed to asking and answering the questions about whether we, as a community, should do this,” Supervisor Principi said. As discussions continue, Supervisor Principi will have updates at NewWoodbridge.org/ pnats/.

2017 Brings More Improvements to New Woodbridge In the last 8 years, we have experienced very significant progress building a NewWoodbridge–widened roads, new sidewalks and trails, demolition of blighted buildings and signs, undergrounding of utilities, school additions to address classroom crowding, new bridges, new gas, power, and water infrastructure, additional and improved sports fields, etc. 2017 promises to bring even more progress, including: Widening Of Route 1 With the Cardinal Drive to Featherstone Road widening completed, construction work will continue between Mary’s Way and Annapolis Way (North Woodbridge).

The PW Department of Transportation will complete the significant amount of right-ofway acquisition required for widening Route 1 between Featherstone Road and Mary’s Way. With the recent VDOT grant award to Woodbridge, the County will also begin to widen Neabsco Mills Road between Dale Boulevard and Route 1. Several other roads in the corridor, including Occoquan Road, East Street, Express Drive and Horner Road, will also be either widened or receive new sidewalks and trails, new interchanges, and new street lights and signs. PRTC will also be upgrading/moving bus shelters at selected locations. CONT'D ON PAGE 4

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Fast Ferry Infrastructure Assessment & Environmental Assessment The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), our regional planning body, will contract to perform a (shoreside) infrastructure needs assessment and determine the need for an Environmental Impact Assessment/Study. NVRC received a grant to perform the study from the US Maritime Administration. The completed study is a prerequisite to releasing an existing $5 million grant awarded to the project by the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA). PRTC Strategic Plan The Commission, which currently operates a fleet of 156 buses and commuter services, is now in the process of developing a new strategic plan to determine whether, and to what extent, other transit services should be made available to PW residents, such as bike share programs, electric/hybrid car share, fast ferry, employer and senior shuttles, first mile/last mile Uber/Lyft services, and autonomous buses. More Sidewalks & Trails Expect to see construction begin on the final segments of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, in the Occoquan and Feathersone National Wildlife Refuges. Construction of the engineered and funded Neabsco Creek Boardwalk is expected to begin in 2017 and finish 18-months later. An additional half-mile trail will be constructed along Blackburn Road, the Rippon Boulevard to Route 1. Other sidewalk segments – including the pedestrian footbridge over Powell’s Creek – will be completed later this year. Segments of the Woodbridge Pedestrian & Bicycle “Loop” is available today but will not be completed until 2021. Revitalization Via Mixed-Use Development Stanley Martin has filed an application to construct a new mixed-use development (Marumsco Assemblage) on the west side of Route 1, between PW Parkway and Mary’s Way. We expect to see a new application that provides a mix of residential units, retail, office, parking deck, and open/green space, Supervisor Principi has requested that some portion of this site be set aside for a future school, possibly incorporated into an office building. National Capital Land and Development Company has submitted an application for nearly 500 townhomes (Ray’s Regarde) at the terminus of Horner Road, near 95. Plans include fixing peak traffic congestion at PW Parkway and Summerland Drive and traffic during Dean Kilby Elementary School's drop off and pick-up times. A roundabout in front of the school is also being considered. The IDI Group’s permits have been approved by the county and construction has begun on the first of two five–story towers at the Rivergate complex. The community of 700 luxury apartments will include amenities such as a fitness center and rooftop pool with sundeck of each building. It will also connect to the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. 4

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The PW Department of Transportation finished approximately $148 million in road projects in 2016, according to a recent quarterly transportation report to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, with more projects slated for 2017. Following are new projects in eastern Prince William. To view the full list, go to NewWoodbridge. org/?p=3917. The projects finished this year include: • Gideon Sidewalk – $3,306,070 • Prince William Parkway Phase II – $22,701,039 • Blackburn Sidewalk – $715,055 • U.S. 1 North – $66,555,622 ($290 Million In Total) • Va. 234/U.S. 1 – $3,043,314 Current County Roads Projects Include: Route 1 – Featherstone to Mary's Way: The final design for the road widening project was approved in January, and rights-of-way acquisitions is beginning. Utility relocations are scheduled to begin in January 2018, and final completion is scheduled for April 2021. Current County Sidewalks Projects: • Blackburn Road Pedestrian Improvements. • Powell's Creek Pedestrian Footbridge: Completion date set for July. May be delayed if it is determined project poses a threat to Northern Long-Eared Bats.

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Current VDOT Projects: • Route 1- Va. 123 Interchange: Ongoing work on a retaining wall on the project to build Va. 123 bridge over U.S. 1 in Woodbridge is on-going. • Route 1 Widening – Town of Dumfries: Design for the project to widen U.S. 1 between Va. 234 and Brady's Hill Road in the Town of Dumfries is partially funded. Design is underway and a prefield inspection is expected to take place in the spring of 2017. • Dale Boulevard: Bids for modification of the Interstate 95 – Ashdale Plaza ramp have been received. • Blackburn Road-Rippon Boulevard: A survey has been completed to add a traffic signal at the intersection. Rightsof-way acquisition are scheduled to begin next spring.

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NEIGHBORHOODS - GUEST COLUMN

Preliminary Work on I-95 HOT Lane Extension Begins

April 22-29 Dedicated to 'Doing Beautiful Things' in Prince William

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has begun preliminary environmental and engineering work to extend the Express Lanes and optimize capacity on I-95 in Stafford and Prince William Counties. One component is to to investigate potential environmental impacts. To effectively study these impacts, VDOT employees or consultants may need to enter some private property periodically

during the study process. Impacted property owners will be notified in advance. Activities may include survey of topographic features and property boundaries, identification of wetlands, stream studies, environmental drilling (collecting soil and groundwater samples), monitoring of existing noise levels and other design-related evaluations. For questions, call 540372-3596 or email Krishna.Potturi@vdot. virginia.gov.

Just Announced! Woodbridge To Receive $38 Million For More Transportation Infrastructure Virginia Department of Transportation has awarded $38 million towards two planned projects that will facilitate better traffic flow for the residents of Woodbridge, including: • Potomac Town Center Parking Garage ($21 Million) • Neabsco Mills Widening ($16 Million) Keep an eye on NewWoodbridge.org for information on a public hearing and comment period for the Neabsco Mills widening and parking garage, which would serve the proposed baseball stadium at Potomac Town Center. This project is believed to be the only commuter garage to be built in Northern Virginia. It will be available free of charge to slugs, carpools, and vanpools. PRTC buses will also be expected to stop at this transit hub.

Keep Prince William Beautiful Week

By Jason Parsons, Executive Director, Keep Prince William Beautiful For nearly 35 years, Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB) has inspired individual responsibility and collective action to keep our neighborhoods clean and green, making them vibrant places to live, work and conduct business. The public is invited to join this cause during Keep Prince William Beautiful Week, April 22-29, in celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day.

could benefit from a new tree, or a tree in need of TLC?

• April 22 - Earth Day, The Great Prince William Cleanup: Partnering with Supervisor Frank Principi and his fellow Supervisors, and other community groups, KPWB is organizing trash and litter pick up along a 13 mile stretch of Route 1, from Occoquan to Quantico. Lend a hand! You’ll receive a free t-shirt and admission to an appreciation event. • April 23 - 5k Run/1 Mile Fun Run: Enjoy the beauty of Old Town Occoquan. • April 29 - Arbor Day, Planting Prince William: A day dedicated to planting and caring for trees. Know of a place that

Keep Prince William Beautiful believes the vitality of our community–economically, recreationally and relating to wellness–is dependent on clean and green neighborhoods, roads and streams. Join this dynamic nonprofit this April, and every day, to clean up and celebrate the things we can do together in a beautiful community.

Look for news on more events, like a night with the Potomac Nationals, Farmers Fair at the Winery at La Grange at kpwb.org/events, and follow Facebook.com/keepprincewilliambeautiful to stay up to date. To sign up for events, email cshutt@kpwb.org.

SUPERVISORS APPROVE BLACKBURN ROAD SIDEWALK PROJECT After years of Supervisor Principi championing the project, the Board of County Supervisors approved a contract with Tavares Concrete Company for the Blackburn Road sidewalk, which was recently completed. Principi expressed thanks to the PWC Department of Transportation for understanding the importance of designing and constructing 500 feet of new sidewalk on Blackburn Road, from Rippon Boulevard to Cow Branch Bridge. It included utility relocation, environmental mitigation and right-ofway acquisition. This project is another step forward in Supervisor Principi’s goal of eliminating the “sidewalks to nowhere” in New Woodbridge.

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Home Overcrowding: What It Is, Why It Matters Have you seen multiple cars parked at a home? Ever wonder if overcrowded homes contribute to our overcrowded classrooms? These are all legitimate questions that need to be continually asked and answered by the staff and inspectors of PW Neighborhood Services Division. NSD is charged with enforcing occupancy regulations to better manage community resources and prevent health and safety problems and possible injuries. For example, if a fire breaks out, an overcrowded home may hinder safe exits. An overcrowded home may also result in a first responder being injured attempting to get in or out of the home. Overcrowding also stresses infrastructure such as schools, roads and sewer systems. Virginia Maintenance Code and the Zoning Ordinance of Prince William County occupancy standards allow for: • One person or two or more persons related by blood or marriage with any number of dependent children subject to the maximum occupancy limitations (see chart) and not to exceed two (2) roomers or boarders; or • Two single parents or guardians with their dependent children, living and cooking together as a single housekeeping unit; or • A group of not more than three persons not related by blood or marriage living and cooking together as a single housekeeping unit.

100+ Miles of Trails to Explore Did you know that Prince William County has more than 100 miles of trails for people to enjoy for hiking, biking and even horseback riding? The future of the county trail system calls for most of the trails to be connected over time, and in Woodbridge, Supervisor Principi has been championing completion of the 50-mile Woodbridge Loop! Visit newwoodbridge. org/?p=3691 to learn more.

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ADDRESSING CLASSROOM CROWDING

Police Testing of Body-Worn Cameras, Demonstration Project A Success

Supervisor Principi is committed to working with fellow Board members, the school board, educators and residents to address classroom overcrowding, seeking solutions in the face of budget and land availability constraints. These include efforts to increase the revenue sharing agreement, provide funding above the revenue share and limiting approval of residential developments. Read more NewWoodbridge.org/?p=4046.

The Prince William County Police Department announced that the 30 officers who participated in the 60-day test of body-worn cameras found it to be beneficial and an overall success. The Board of County Supervisors expects to see the program incorporated into the proposed staff budget for FY18. Initial start-up cost are estimated at $600,000, with on-going costs of $700,000, annually. Read more online: NewWoodbridge.org/?p=4127.

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Discover Your Community! CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEETINGS

Membership in the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association is a great way to meet like-minded neighbors and directly shape the future of our community. There is no cost to join, all community members are welcome. Plan to attend upcoming meetings. The topic and location varies each month, so there is always something new to learn. • • • •

February 16 Street Signage Violations & Enforcements March 16 Woodbridge Community Cultural Presentations April 20 Town Hall Meeting at Harbour View Events Center May 18 River Boat Cruise

Meetings start at 7 p.m. Event details are posted at NewWoodbridge.org/Calendar as they are confirmed. To RSVP, email bjohnson@pwcgov.org. To join the association, go to NewWoodbridge.org/WoodbridgeCivicAssociation and click “Become a Member.”

GOT CLUTTER?

Dumpster Day to the Rescue Bring Unwanted Items, May 20 Not everything can go to the curb, and most of us put off that dreaded trip to dump. Dumpster Day to the rescue! On Saturday, May 20, we bring the dumpster to your neighborhood, making it easy to get rid of clutter such as small appliances, CPUs, old furniture, clothing and paper documents. Last year, 14 tons of trash were collected during Dumpster Days. Please note the few items we cannot accept: • • • • •

Fuel tanks, fuel & fuel drums Pool chemicals Antifreeze Paint thinners Pesticides or other hazardous waste

For questions, call 703-792-4646. Another Dumpster Day will be help on Oct. 21. Location for both TBA. Follow Facebook.com/ NewWoodbridge for details as the date gets closer.

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YOUR NEW WOODBRIDGE Upcoming Events Underground Railroad Network to Freedom @Leesylvania Thru Feb 28, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge PW Conservation Alliance Open House Feb, 28, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 2241-F Tackett’s Mill Drive, Lake Ridge Yoga for Cancer @Sentara Mar 2, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 2300 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge

Are You on the List? It only takes a quick drive around town to know that there’s a lot going on in New Woodbridge. We can help you to stay in-the-know, from where to report community issues to planning for road

Cockpit Point Marker Dedication & Tours @Cockpit Point Mar 11, 10:00 am (RSVP req’d) 18245 Cockpit Point Road, Dumfries

closures and even finding fun

Family Day, Celestial Navigation @ Marine Corps Museum Mar 11, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle

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Spring Scavenger Hunt @Leesylvania Mar 11, 10:00 am (RSVP req’d) 18245 Cockpit Point Road, Dumfries Easter Egg Hunt @Rippon Lodge Apr 15, 11:00 am - 4 pm 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge

Find more local activities, and post your own community events, online: NewWoodbridge.org/Calendar

local events. All you need to do is get on the list, is sign up of Supervisor Frank Principi. In addition to an electronic version of Vision, you’ll receive monthly updates of all things New Woodbridge.

GET ON THE LIST TODAY! GO TO NEWWB.ORG/NWBVISION AND SIGN UP.

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New Woodbridge Vision: Q1 2017  

Find out what's happening in Woodbridge, Virginia: news on the proposed baseball stadium, $148 million in County transportation projects, Ce...

New Woodbridge Vision: Q1 2017  

Find out what's happening in Woodbridge, Virginia: news on the proposed baseball stadium, $148 million in County transportation projects, Ce...

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