We envision our County being a place where residential growth is balanced with traffic, tax, local economic, school, and quality-of-life issues, and where county resources are focused on building schools and infrastructure that improves the quality of life for current county residents. It should not be a place where the interests of large-scale residential developers continue to win-out over the interests of local taxpayers – the MAJORITY. We envision a County Driven by Citizen Input, where:
1. Public Education is Properly-Resourced: Schools are of the highest quality, have low teacher-to-student ratios, and are not grossly overcrowded. Teacher salaries are competitive with surrounding counties.
2. Road Infrastructure Keeps Pace: New residential development will not be approved until roads are sufficient to handle the new traffic volume generated.
3. The Development Area: Emphasize new development in underserved, aging parts of the development area where it is more cost effective to improve roads, schools, and other existing infrastructure and public services.
4. Commercial development outpaces residential development, and tax-negative residential development is minimized to ensure a stronger, more diversified county tax base and to create good jobs in Prince William County. The commercial portion of the county tax base must rise significantly from its current ~15% that is well below the strategic goal of 30-35%. These twin goals will reduce the number of those who commute out of the County. The County must develop Innovation Park with an emphasis on commercial uses.
5. Quality-of-life concerns have priority: Preservation of the Rural Crescent, environment, and historic properties is paramount.
6. Representative Government is truly representative: Local politicians, particularly the Board of County Supervisors, listen consistently and sympathetically to voices other than those of residential developers and the Chamber of Commerce; becoming less beholden to those interests and more responsive to the resident’s interests. County planning staff is required to objectively score development proposals against these six criteria for residential development, with citizen input required at every stage of the process. Elected officials and county staff then act with the majority of ordinary citizens.