Residents of Prince William County are close to winning their legal battle against Virginia Power that has proposed power project in Dominion Valley Haymarket without considering the welfare of the local residents and the social and environmental impact this project will have on the region and the lives of people who have been living here for many years now.
On April 20, 2016 planning commissioners of the county collectively acquiesced in approving Alternative A for the Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) Achieving this significant milestone would not have been possible without the selfless and relentless efforts of local residents whose priority was the general welfare and well being of all residents and protection of environment from potential negative impact, had the proposed power project been approved. The local residents spoke their mind and their efforts certainly appear to have borne fruit.
However, all this would not have been possible without the scrupulous hearing procedures facilitated by Planning director, Chris Price, and his staff, and the coordination offered by Supervisor Jeanine Lawson’s staff. It was due to their consecrated efforts that Planning Staff, citizens and industry reps received a common platform to address befitting countywide zoning need for data centers, substations, and computer and network services. The result of this work is the Planning Commission’s recommendation of alternative A, which will lay down guidelines, definitions, and oversight mechanism that classifies county zoning districts based on industry requirements without interfering with the commercial interests of all citizens alike while preventing private property, historical resources and environment from any possible negative impact.
But the battle is not over yet. According to the legal procedure, the final step is for the County Board of Supervisors to approve the Alternative A ZTA. Only the approval of Alternative A ZTA will put it into effect countrywide, and to begin with, in Haymarket!
Recently on May 6, 2016 the SCC sent new interrogatories to Dominion Wherein they are exploring additional route options (Wheeler, New Rd.), besides the 5 routes proposed by Dominion in their application. And asking other hard-hitting questions – Stay tuned to read more and latest on this topic.