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Although the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate to fix the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges will likely require a good deal of concrete, it’s safe to say that nobody wants to live near a cement plant.

According to the Biden administration, standard zoning rules imposed by local governments are racist. Part of the proposed $2.3 trillion Biden infrastructure plan seeks not to improve the inner cities (which are overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats), but to destroy nice places to live, like the suburbs.

On June 15, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors voted 4-3 to rezone 28 acres of county-owned land to make way for the long-anticipated “Downtown Stafford” project. But calling a development that would add 2,400 multi-family homes and 70 townhouses to the 5,440 new residences the county has already zoned for construction “Downtown Stafford” may be stretching the word “downtown” past its breaking point.

IN A 4–2 vote last month, the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors approved a developer’s rezoning request to convert the former Sears site at Spotsylvania Towne Centre into two residential apartment buildings. The fact that county officials were divided (the Planning Commission had voted 4-3 to endorse the plan) on the idea of repurposing this commercial retail space suggests that it’s time for them to take a hard look at their zoning maps and decide if they’re still relevant in 2021.

In December, the Stafford Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve rezoning of wooded acreage off Courthouse Road near the Interstate 95 interchange. But the county's director of planning and zoning says the level of service on nearby roads will drop from a C to a D.

The large Confederate battle flag that could often be seen flying over the treetops from Interstate 95 in Falmouth was taken down last week for the most prosaic of reasons: the Virginia Department of Transportation needed the land where the 80-foot flagpole stood since 2014 to complete the Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing and FREDEx lanes projects. So VDOT seized the parcel by invoking eminent domain.

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