March 15, 2016 Vote on Bi-County Parkway

repeatUpdate: The Board of County Supervisors voted 4-3 on March 15 to remove the Bi-County Parkway from the Comprehensive Plan.
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Look closely – can you see how the Bi-County Parkway will spur economic development in Prince William County?

Prince William would get the traffic, from I-95 to I-66 and then north through the supposedly-protected Rural Area. If any business activity is generated by the road, it would be next to Dulles International Airport – far away in Loudoun County.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors vote on March 15.  The 8 supervisors have the opportunity on March 15 to delete this taxpayer-funded subsidy for business development in Loudoun County.

The county should focus public investment, especially state funding for transportation, on projects that will spur economic development in Prince William.   In Arlington County, homeowners and commercial property owners each pay about 50% of property taxes. In Prince William, homeowners pay about 80%.

Supervisors who say they want to limit property tax increases on homeowners know that the best long-tern strategy is to spur commercial development in Innovation, especially on Route 1 and at Innovation.  Such development benefits homeowners who live on both the eastern and western halves of the county.

Prince William could grow local jobs at Innovation – but the Bi-County Parkway won’t make that happen.

The region won’t benefit either.  Northern Virginia needs transportation projects that reduce congestion.  Supervisors need to plan transportation solutions to fix what’s broke, rather than waste tax dollars on the Bi-County Parkway.
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