Monday, September 12, 2022

Planning Commission Hearing: PW Gateway

The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Amendment #CPA2021-00004, PW Digital Gateway, a proposal that would remove 2,133 acres along Pageland Land from the Rural Crescent in order to develop data centers.

Location, location, location

The Pageland Corridor lies in the Rural Crescent between two protected areas: Conway Robinson State Forest and Manassas National Battlefield Park. It is in the Rural Crescent and within the Occoquan Reservoir Watershed. This location is inappropriate for industrial land use.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Manassas Circle Butterfly Survey 2022

 By: Ashley Studholme

American Copper, photo by Larry Meade
Many of us pause when a butterfly flutters across our path. These winged insects inspire awe and curiosity, whether a small summer azure or the striking tiger-swallow tail. They even play a crucial role in maintaining our ecosystem health; they provide food for an untold number of birds and other animals and pollinate plants as they nectar.

If you've ever held a butterfly in your hand, you'd be keenly aware of how fragile they are. Unsurprisingly, they're very sensitive to environmental changes. Monitoring butterflies helps us to better understand our ever-changing environment and encourages us to be good stewards of the land. Just this month, the IUCN announced that the migratory monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus) is now listed as endangered on the IUCN red list. Monitoring efforts like this one alongside effective conservation stewardship and policy are key to their recovery.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Linking sustainability to transportation and landuse

By Charlie Grymes

In 2022 the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) appointed eight high-energy, independent-thinking members.  In just its second meeting, the Sustainability Commission sent a resolution to the BOCS calling for it to "immediately adopt a practice of assessing the energy and sustainability impacts of each new land use, housing, and infrastructure (water, transportation, energy) decision requiring board approval."

If the county starts to measure the impacts of new road projects, data centers, and sprawl development... oops.  More of the same development will generate more carbon-rich emissions, and in 2020 PW County joined with other members of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to do our share of reducing emissions that increase global warming. If we measure impacts, we will document that token chargers for electric vehicles at McCoart Administrative Center will not be enough.  

Monday, April 25, 2022

It's all about water: Land uses can protect the Occoquan Reservoir.

Fairfax county acted early to protect the Occoquan Reservoir, our drinking water, by preserving 5,000 acres of parkland adjacent to the reservoir and down-zoning 41,000 acres.

"Streams in the down-zoned area are amongst the most pristine in the county. So it is a protection strategy" Greg Prelewicz explained during a program we hosted with Fairfax Water last year. | Watch the full presentation

Friday, April 22, 2022

Strong community support for conservation easement at Dove's Landing

Update 9/15/2022: On Sept 14, the Parks and Recreation Commission voted 3-5 in support of the master plan for Dove's Landing, which would maintain the park as passive recreation and place a conservation easement to ensure it's protected in the future. 

The master plan is slated to go to the Board of County Supervisors in October. 

Share your views by emailing

4/22/2022: About 70 residents, in-person and online, attended the Dove's Landing Master Plan community meeting hosted by the county's Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department on April 21, 2022. Staff presented ideas for future uses in the park, including floating docks, removing trees to improve vistas of airplanes at Manassas Airport, and constructing a mountain bike pumptrack.

However, the community was unified in supporting passive recreation with additional park monitoring and maintenance to protect wildlife and maintain trails. Preserving the current character of the park was at the forefront of the conversation. There was strong support for a conservation easement, which would permanently protect 100% of Dove's Landing and ensure this vision is protected.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Coal Ash at Dominion Energy's Possum Point Power Plant

Originally at the Possum Point Power Plant, there were five ponds (A, B, C, D & E) that held coal ash when the plant operated using coal. Coal ash was removed from ponds A, B, C & E and placed in pond D. 

Four million cubic yards of coal ash remain in pond D and Dominion Energy is required by state law to remove all the coal ash as follows:

“Beneficially reusing some or all of the coal ash through a recycling process located on or off-site”, and/or “Disposing of some or all of the coal ash in a new, modern and fully permitted landfill, which includes a composite liner and is located on or off-site.”

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Metrorail in Prince William?

Traffic isn't about cars, it's about houses and where you put them.

Increasing density around a transportation hub like a metro station could be an effective way for Prince William to accommodate a growing population while minimizing the number of cars we add to roads.

In addition to being a sound planning strategy, it's also a good way for Prince William to compete for state and federal funds that would be required to build a $20-30B Metrorail project.

Planning Commission Hearing: PW Gateway

The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Amendment #CPA2021-00004, PW Digital Gateway , a pro...