Prince William County

The following were among actions taken at the Sept. 4 meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. For more information, call 335-6600.

RIDGEFIELD ROAD -- The Board of County Supervisors, in a split vote, turned down a developer's offer to give the county nearly three acres of land for an interchange at Davis Ford Road for the proposed Ridgefield Road, an 11 1/2-mile six-lane road that would give Prince William residents who commute north to work an alternative to crowded Interstates 95 and 66, and Rte. 1.

Supervisor Terrence Spellane, who represents the Coles District, urged the board to reject the offer of Second Carr Properties Inc. because residents between Dale Boulevard and Davis Ford Road don't want the road, which would run from southeastern Prince William County into southern Fairfax County, in their neighborhood.

Carr offered the land to the county in exchange for approval of a rezoning request for its planned 158-acre residential and commercial development.

In a 5-to-2 vote, the supervisors approved Carr's request to rezone the property from agricultural and suburban residential to planned mixed-use district and residential town house, but turned down the offer for the land for the interchange. The supervisors did agree to accept a separate offer by Carr for a 120- to 160-foot right-of-way for a road through the company's Town Centre development.

Casting the dissenting votes were supervisors Edwin C. King (Dumfries) and Kathleen K. Seefeldt (Occoquan). They argued that the rejection of Second Carr's offer jeapordizes the future of Ridgefield, which has been in the county's transportation plan since the mid-1970's, but has never made it off the drawing board.

Developers have already given $6 million worth of land for the right-of-way of the proposed six-lane controlled access parkway through Prince William and Fairfax counties.

Without the interchange, the county would need to narrow the six-lane road to accomodate the 120- to 160-foot right-of-way and install a traffic light on it to control traffic through Second Carr's Town Centre development. Installing a light would signficantly slow commuter traffic on the road, defeating its purpose.

Spellane and the other supervisors have said they would support moving the road further west of the neighborhoods between Dale Boulevard and Davis Ford Road.

COMMERICAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT -- The board gave the go-ahead to develop a 15-million-square-foot commercial and industrial development near the Manassas Airport by approving a request by a development firm to rezone 972 acres from agricultural and heavy and light industrial to office high-rise, general business, and light industrial.

To lessen the impact of the enormous commerical and industrial development -- the largest ever approved in Prince William -- the development firm, Manassas West Associates Limited Partnership, agreed to make $65 million worth of improvements to roads and other public facilities in the area. {For more details, see related story in today's Prince William Weekly.}

ZONING -- The board approved the following requests:

GLENKIRK AND LINTON HALL ROADS -- By Frances A. Riley to rezone 20 acres from agricultural to suburban residential to construct 46 single-family houses. 7 to 0. Brentsville District.

GIDEON DRIVE AND OPITZ BOULEVARD -- By Metro Associates Limited Partnership for a special use permit to install two wall signs at the entrance to a retail store and a freestanding sign in front of the store. 7 to 0. Occoquan District.

HASTING DRIVE AND LUCASVILLE ROAD -- By Kettler & Scott Inc. to rezone five acres from agricultural to suburban residential to construct 15 single-family houses. 7 to 0. Brentsville District.

JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGHWAY AND VILLAGE DRIVE -- By Enterprise Leasing Co. to renew for three years a special use permit to operate a vehicle leasing business in area zoned for general business. 5 to 2. Woodbridge District.

MOORE DRIVE AND PINEVIEW ROAD -- By Earl E. Fife and the Upper Triad Association Inc. to rezone 47 acres from agricultural to rural residential to construct 26 to 28 single-family houses. 7 to 0. Brentsville District.

SUDLEY MANOR DRIVE AND GARNER COURT -- By Ridge Development Corp. to rezone four acres from residential planned community high density to residential planned community commercial, and to rezone three acres from residential planned community high density to residential planned community public use to extend Williamson Boulevard from Sudley Road to Lomond Drive. 7 to 0. Gainesville Drive.

WILLIAMSON BOULEVARD AND SUDLEY MANOR DRIVE -- By the Board of County Supervisors to rezone two acres from residential planned community public use for commuter parking to residential planned community for future development. 7 to 0. Gainesville District.

The board deferred a decision on the following:

HORNER ROAD AND BOTTS AVENUE -- By Potomac Gable Limited Partnership to rezone two acres from general business to residential multi-family for future development. Woodbridge District.