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The present board seems to have taken the "anything goes" philosophy to the extreme. They have approved developments with more than 2,000 residential units without requiring cash proffers and are about to consider another 1,000-unit residential development at Massaponax, called Heritage Woods, and
Traffic congestion at Massaponax already rivals State Route 3, and development at New Post is guaranteed to start a "development race" to turn State Routes 2 and 17 into the same mess.
I cannot believe the people of Spotsylvania want to pay for the roads, schools, and infrastructure these housing developments will require. If they really wanted to know what the public thought, why would the Board of Supervisors change the rules to have their public hearing to consider the New Post development only a week after the Planning Commission's hearing?
How is it that Tricord doesn't need a specific plan for New Post? An individual would need more specific plans to obtain a building permit for a new house in Spotsylvania than Tricord needs to develop a 188-acre mixed-use development.
Enough rezoned land exists in Spotsylvania to keep builders busy for the next five years. These two developments will do nothing but create more congestion and cost the taxpayers more money for infrastructure and schools.
It is a myth that residential developments pay for themselves. I hope the board will remember that it represents the wellbeing of Spotsylvania residents and will reject both the New Post and Heritage Woods housing developments.
William R. Bolecek