The Occoquan Town Council last week approved a resolution opposing a boat facility proposed by a private contractor who has signed a lease for 5.5 acres at the end of Poplar Street on the Occoquan River belonging to the Prince William County Park Authority.
According to Vice Mayor Andy Lynn, a group of neighborhood protesters brought the matter to the council's attention last week. Lynn has joined with several dozen property owners in town who oppose the facility. Occoquan business owners and citizens cite increased traffic on streets that are already congested, especially on summer weekends when tourists crowd the historic area.
County park planner Steve Griffin said the state highway department and the county planning office will decide if the boat facility would have a negative traffic and safety impact on the town. "If they decide there will be, the developer simply won't get the rezoning he needs from the park authority ," Griffin said.
The site currently is zoned for agricultural use and would have to be rezoned for commercial use in order for the facility to be built. The proposed facility would hold four ramps and a "boatel" for winter storage. The developers and the park authority held an informational meeting for the town last night at Occoquan Elementary School.