Development Proposal

A Wake-Up Call for Hunter Mill

I support the current comprehensive plan, with no increase in density along the Hunter Mill corridor.

For the past several months I have been watching my neighbors put up signs and voice concerns regarding the proposed development and change to the comprehensive plan along the Hunter Mill corridor, thinking to myself, "This will never happen. The county has a plan it has to follow."

Now I realize I have been wrong. I cannot believe that the county is considering this proposal from outsiders who want to come in and destroy the communities that we in the Hunter Mill corridor have worked, sacrificed and saved for in an effort to give our children a childhood like we remember, growing up in Fairfax County.

Most of us did extensive research when choosing our biggest investment, our home. We chose the Hunter Mill area because of the green space, schools, neighborhoods and the promise of a future with a low-density housing plan. Knowing we have a little bit of country to come home to makes it tolerable as we shuffle our kids and ourselves around into the craziness that has become Fairfax County. Do not let this happen to us.

I am shocked and disappointed with the county and my elected officials. How can you just change everything the county has always supported? We elected you to look after our interests and support our opinions regardless of the outside interests that may have your ear. I have yet to find one person who lives in the Hunter Mill corridor who supports the proposal to change the plan. Is the almighty dollar so important to you that it would cause you to forget what it's really all about?

Eva Lipinski

Vienna

At MetroWest Forum,

Not Enough Public Support

We are writing in response to the article "Residents Divided on Metro Sale in Vienna," [Metro, Nov. 2] about the Nov. 1 Metro public forum on development at the Vienna Metro station.

First, we want to publicly thank the Metro board for conducting this forum at Oakton High School. Many issues were aired in a refreshingly civil and open exchange.

We wish to reaffirm positions taken by a panel of Fairfax Citizens for Responsible Growth Inc. (FairGrowth) members and by citizens who spoke about the proposed transfer of Metro land for the MetroWest project:

* FairGrowth does support a responsible "smart growth" strategy at MetroWest. Our exact position, which supports up to 1,500 dwelling units along with community-desired retail and office space, can be found at www.FairGrowth.org.

* The goals of smart growth have been badly undermined at MetroWest by the developer's unwillingness to entertain even minimal compromises with the community.

* We strongly urge Metro not to sell or lease its land until key issues can be resolved, both for the Metrorail system and the community.

Citizen speakers said the project will overload roads and Metro. There was widespread concern that in the headlong rush for density at MetroWest, the opportunity to create a truly balanced, livable and walkable community is being sacrificed.

Finally, the transit system urgently needs a policy to guide developments that will fundamentally reshape the Washington region.

It's not enough to say, as one Metro board member did, that Metro doesn't have "a dog in this fight." (Our letter to Metro also is on www.FairGrowth.org.)

The meeting left us with the distinct impression, again, that county leaders have failed to sell this project to the community. The number of average citizens who supported MetroWest was conspicuously light -- despite a furious e-mail campaign to attract support.

For changes of this scale, broader public support is a must.

Charles W. Hall

William S. Elliott

Fairfax

A Plea to Two Supervisors:

Preserve Hunter Mill Plan

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and Supervisors Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) and Joan M. DuBois (R-Dranesville) in particular, have a unique opportunity to greatly impact the lives of their constituents in the Hunter Mill corridor.

The special task force that has been convened to hear the concerns of the surrounding neighborhoods has no choice but to communicate to the supervisors that the citizens have spoken loudly and clearly in opposition to this dramatic revision of the comprehensive zoning plan.

Note that not only have the citizens who reside within the affected areas voiced outrage, but two past political adversaries, former Board of Supervisors chairmen John F. "Jack" Herrity (R) and Audrey Moore (D) have teamed to implore the supervisors to conform to the time-tested master plan.

As their joint letter indicates, proposals concerning this property are frequently brought to the supervisors, and every past administration has seen fit to reject the various proposed changes.

This particular proposal goes even further astray than those of the past. The developer has requested that the zoning density be increased by 38 times that of the comprehensive plan.

In the words of the two past chairmen, this would "upset the careful balance of infrastructure [water, schools, roads, fire and police protection] and development that the county's plan has achieved. No accepted principles of land use and transportation justify such a sacrifice."

More important, Herrity and Moore advise, "Every homeowner in Fairfax should be worried about the dramatic change proposed to this family community. If it can happen here, it could just as easily happen where you live."

The perception of the several hundred people who attended the task force's open house last month was that the supervisors are willing to roll over for any developer who requests it.

It is time to represent those who elected you. Please vote to reject this change to the comprehensive plan and show your constituents that you do care about truly representing their needs.

Sue Hamblen

Vienna

Keep Current Master Plan,

For the Children's Sake

I am a resident of the Hunter Mill corridor who attended the special study task force open house.

Please stick with the current comprehensive plan -- no increased density on Hunter Mill Road. Protect our neighborhoods, schools and environment. The main reason we moved here and paid close to $1 million for our house was to give our children an opportunity to grow up with less traffic, great schools and more green. Let's try to preserve that.

Michael Blank

Oakton