Get the Facts on This CPAM
A petition signed by 800 citizens was presented on Sept. 6 to the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission. This petition requested breakout sessions to foster a dialogue with the commission regarding the Upper Broad Run and Upper Foley Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM), which would result in 27,977 homes, 14 schools, 77,451 residents and 299,000 daily car trips. This CPAM would cost taxpayers $95.5 million more than by-right development allowed under current zoning.
Dulles District Supervisor Stephen Snow responded to 800 petition signers by sending a very misleading letter. Snow wrote:
"It is [sic] taken approximately one year for the Planning Commission to develop the proposed policy language for citizens to read, research and discuss. That is what the public process is all about and the upcoming public hearing allows any citizen the opportunity to give their individual opinions, concerns, suggestions or questions directly to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will then have additional work sessions to discuss the testimony they receive, after which they will make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. At that point, the Board will begin our own public process, which must be exhaustively concluded before any policy is final.
"It is important to understand even when this process is concluded, unless individual landowners come in and request re-zonings of their property, no additional houses will result in this change of policy."
While Mr. Snow said the planning commission has taken approximately one year "to develop the proposed policy language for citizens to read, research and discuss," it wasn't until March -- six months ago -- that CPAM 2005-0003 was initiated. The proposed CPAM policy language was just released three weeks ago. The commission's public hearing is Monday. That does not give citizens very long to "read, research and discuss."
As for Mr. Snow's assurance of "further work sessions" for the planning commission, the commission's own time frame shows a tentative work session "if needed" after the public hearing.
And while Mr. Snow said "no additional houses will result in this change of policy," he failed to mention that, almost a month prior to his letter, three rezoning applications were received by the planning department. Two more have been submitted since his letter was written. The five rezoning applications total 16,202 homes.
I urge all citizens to become involved, as amendments of this magnitude will drastically affect the quality of life of everyone in Loudoun. Information is available at www.loudoun.gov/compplan/transition.htm. Please attend and speak at Monday's planning commission public hearing.