Prince William County

The following were among actions taken at the Dec. 18 meeting and a special Dec. 20 meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. For more information, call 335-6600.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN -- The board, in a 6 to 1 vote, tentatively approved a five-year revision of the county's long-term land use plan which would permit more commercial and residential development but also place greater controls over growth. The board is expected to vote on a final draft of the plan in February.

The plan sets guidelines on development, such as preferred densities for residential areas and the preferred use or zoning. The plan gives the recommended use for land, but does not actually initiate rezoning of any land.

The new plan would permit increased urban development, particularly along major highway corridors such as Interstate 66 and Route 29. For example, under the plan, the rural town of Haymarket near Interstate 66 would be boardered by regional office complexes.

The new plan would set aside thousand acres northwest of Manassas for industrial and commercial development. It would also provide transportation plans, such as major new roads and facilities for the planned rail service between Prince William and the District of Columbia, which is scheduled to start next fall.

Supervisor John D. Jenkins cast the dissenting vote. Agreeing with the recommendation of the board-appointed Planning Commission, Jenkins argued that the plan would allow excessively high densities in evironmentally sensitive areas along the Occoquan River and the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Under the plan, an additional 4,000 residences could be built along the Occoquan River. The county planning staff, not agreeing with the Planning Commission, recommended approving the the higher densities.

TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT -- The board approved plans at the Dec. 20 meeting to create a special taxing district on the eastern end of the county to finance the construction of a $40 million parkway, which would run from Interstate 95 past Potomac Mills Mall to the center of the county. The highway is scheduled for completion by 1993.

The eight-mile road would relieve the county's crowded east-west commuter roads and is expected to increase property values. Without the landowners' special tax contribution, the highway could not be built until well into the next century. Industrial and commercial landowners in the 1,460-acre district between Interstate 95 and Dale City proposed the taxing district to expedite the highway's construction.

Those landowners will be taxed an additional 20 cents on the county's real estate tax rate -- currently $1.36 per $100 of assessed value -- beginning January 1. The additional tax will be levied for 35 years or until the landowners have paid off 85 percent of the highway's cost.

Land zoned residential within the district will be exempt from the additional tax.

LAND USE PROGRAM -- The board agreed to increase the minimum amount of land qualifying for a tax break for undeveloped land from five acres to 20 acres at their regular meeting. The reduction is expected to provide the county an additional $2 million in revenues next year. Used by the county to help control growth, the tax breaks vary according to land use, such as farming or timber land, and can be as little as one-tenth of the current real estate tax rate of $1.36 per $100 of assessed value. {For more details, see related story in today's weekly.}

ZONING TEXT AMENDMENTS -- The board approved the following amendments to the county's zoning ordinances at their regular meeting:

To permit mobile homes 19 feet or more in width in agricultural zones.

To give "density credits", or the future right to build at density levels higher than zoning laws normally allow, to landowners who donate land for planned county roads.

To allow the packaging of dry powders such anti-caking powders and dehydrated bacterial sugar and non-hazardous chemicals in area zoned for industrial use.

ZONING ACTIONS -- The board approved the following zoning variance requests at its regular meeting:

ADEN AND JOPLIN ROADS -- By Chadwick Builders and Developers Inc. to rezone 16 acres from agricultural to rural residential to construct 12 single-family houses. 7 to 0. The board also approved an amendment to the county's long-term land use plan, redesignating the future use of the 16 acres from corporate park to rural residential. 7 to 0. Coles District.

CENTREVILLE ROAD AND YORKSHIRE LANE -- By Vincent F. Riviello Jr. for a special use permit to operate a motor vehicle repair and sales business in an area zoned for general business. 7 to 0. Neabsco District.

MARINA AND ANNAPOLIS WAYS -- By Harbour Inn Inc. for a five-year special use permit to allow live entertainment and dancing in a restaurant. 7 to 0. Occoquan District.

NEABSCO MILLS ROAD AND JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGHWAY -- By Seetaram Ramawad for a special use permit to expand an auto body shop and parking lot. 7 to 0. Neabsco District.

OLD BRIDGE AND SMOKETOWN ROADS -- By Iron Works Gym Inc. for a special use permit to operate a gymnasium in an area zoned for general business. 7 to 0. Coles District.

OPITZ BLVD. AND GIDEON DRIVE -- By Circuit City for a special use permit to operate a motor vehicle repair business in an area zoned for general business. 7 to 0. Neabsco District.

POWELL'S CREEK AND NEABSCO ROAD -- By Freestone Ltd. Partnership for a special use permit to construct within a 248-acre residential development a 90-acre "cluster" section, in which 167 town houses would be built on lots as small as 9,200 square feet. The property is zoned suburban residential R-10, in which the minimum permitted lot size is 10,000 square feet. 7 to 0. Woodbridge District.

SUDLEY ROAD AND SANDERS LANE -- By White Oak Nurseries Inc. for a special use permit to operate a nursery in an area zoned agricultural. 7 to 0. Gainesville District.