The proposed Stone Haven development in Prince William County sits on 900 acres of undeveloped land in the Linton Hall area. The question now before the county is whether this land should be re-designated from largely commercial to high density residential.
Really? Are we seriously having a conversation on whether to change zoning for land from commercial development to high density housing? Why not just officially hang out a sign saying “Welcome to Northern Virginia’s Bedroom Community“? Geesh!
I’m not opposed to residential development, but there are already plenty of areas in the county zoned for residential that have yet to be developed. Once all those are spoken for, then come back and ask for such a change. If for some reason it makes more sense for a residential neighborhood to be located where a commercial development is slated to go or vice versa, then there should be an even swap — the number of acres being converted from commercial to residential should be offset by an equal number of acres of residential being converted to commercial elsewhere in the county.
What we need in PWC are more good paying jobs and for that we need high-end commercial developments (as well as a friendlier business climate to attract top businesses.) Relying upon additional residential development like Stone Haven to grow the county’s tax base will only set us further behind as new residents consume county services as well. Our commercial to residential ratio is completely out of whack and by some estimates we’re only half-way to meeting the county’s stated target of having commercial represent one-quarter of the tax base.
The county just needs to say NO to Stone Haven.