The Prince William Board of Supervisors last week approved a resolution opposing a bill recently adopted by the state House of Delegates that would allow "mobile homes in any and all agricultural zoning districts."
The board said that the bill, which is awaiting action in the Senate Finance Committee, "imposes the will of the Commonwealth on local governments." According to the resolution, the bill would amend automatically local zoning ordinances without local hearings. The county currently does not allow mobile homes in any place other than designated mobile home parks.
Planning Director Roger Snyder will go to Richmond to represent the county during the Senate hearings. "Local land use should be decided by local governments, not the state," Brentsville Supervisor Joseph Reading said. "When land is zoned for business, we don't allow developers to build homes on it. Why should agricultural zoning be ignored in favor of mobile homes?"
The board also sent a request to the state highway department asking that truck traffic on Rte. 682 be restricted and requesting that routes 681 and 55 be made alternate truck routes. At public hearings on the issue, residents living on Rte. 682 said that heavy truck traffic caused congestion and posed a safety hazard to their neighborhood.
In other business:
* Hailing the county's commuter ride-sharing program as "the best in the state -- maybe the best in the country," Snyder won approval to apply for a $54,366 state grant to continue funding the program. According to Snyder, the program under the leadership of director Loretta Ruest has achieved the highest success rates of any service in the Washington region. The program has operated for about 18 months.
In addition, the board approved Snyder's request for nearly $26,000 in county funds to continue the commuter bus program, which Snyder said has increased its ridership 45 percent in the last year, with 1,100 riders a day. The board also approved a grant proposal in state highway funds to operate the program.
There are now 10 buses on the road, with 10 more to be "remanufactured" by a Princeton, Minn., company that declared bankruptcy in August.
* County Executive Robert Noe named Hubert King director of the Office of Consumer Affairs, replacing Debbie Koss. King has served in the department for more than two years as Koss' assistant.
* The decision to sell two tracts of land, one on Godwin Drive and one on Tudor Lane, to the city of Manassas was delayed until this week's board meeting. Action on a 13-acre site at Pattie Elementary School, which the Montclair property association hopes will be turned into a park, also was delayed a week.