Prince William County
The following were among actions taken at the July 19 meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. For more information, call 335-6600.
OCCOQUAN RIVER -- The board agreed to ask Fairfax County officials to join with Prince William in asking the state to repeal the recent extension of a "No Wake" zone along the Occoquan River, which has vexed boaters who want a faster pathway into the Potomac River.
The extended zone, which went into effect in early July, stretches about 3 1/2 miles along the river from the Route 123 bridge to Sandy Point in Belmont Bay. Previously, the zone was only about 1 1/2 miles, ending south of the Route 1 bridge. The extension was approved by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, which sets speeds along waterways in Virginia. The river is under the jurisdiction of both Prince William and Fairfax counties and is patrolled by the Fairfax Marine Patrol Squad.
The new "No Wake" zone, initiated by Fairfax, resulted from miscommunication among officials in the two counties, according to Prince William officials.
Prince William supervisors in January endorsed a Fairfax proposal to establish a "speed limit" along the Occoquan, which would slow boat traffic along the narrow, heavily used river. Prince William officials did not address the "No Wake" zone at the mouth of the river by Mason Neck State Park in Pohick Bay because it's not under Prince William's jurisdiction.
When the request from Fairfax County Executive J. Lambert reached the state in February, it proposed "No Wake" zones along both the Occoquan River and Pohick Bay.
Prince William Supervisor Kathleen Seefeldt (Occoquan) said she began receiving complaints the second weekend of July from boaters who launch from marinas along the Prince William side of the river.
BOND REFERENDUM -- The board scheduled an Aug. 7 public hearing on a proposed $43 million bond referendum to fund construction of a four-lane divided highway in the middle of the county, roughly south of Davis Ford from Hoadly Road to Liberia Avenue in Manassas. If approved, the bond referendum would be on the Nov. 6 ballot.
In 1988, Prince William voters approved a $66 million bond referendum to fund a variety of capital improvement projects, including $20.2 million for preliminary designs and acquisition of property for the mid-county road. The total estimated cost of the road is about $57 million.
The remainder of the funds would be used to make safety improvements to Davis Ford Road, which is a winding two-lane road.
The planned road is scheduled for completion by 1995 pending voter approval of construction funds.
ZONING ACTIONS -- The following were among requests approved by the board:
BAXTER ST., 13403 -- By Trinity Temple Church of God for a special-use permit to operate a child day-care center in a residential area. 5 to 0. Occoquan District.
GORDON BOULEVARD AND DAVIS FORD ROAD -- By Harbour Pointe Limited Partnership to rezone seven acres from agricultural to general business and to change the future use designation in the county's comprehensive land use plan from suburban residential to commercial to construct a marina with 100 boat slips in the water and a 250-slip dry dock facility. 5 to 0. Occoquan District.
OLD BRIDGE AND SMOKETOWN ROADS -- By Lake Ridge Ltd. Partnership for a special-use permit to operate a restaurant featuring live entertainment. 5 to 0. Coles District.