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Supervisor Boddye is honored to join LOCCA/PELT for a discussion on preserving green and open space in Prince William County, the main topic of the civic association’s February meeting. All area residents are welcome to participate in this virtual meeting.
LOCCA: An open space plan is essential to provide policy guidance and preferences to planners and applicants considering certain land-use proposals to take priority over others. Without such a plan, there is the very real danger that we could lose those essential values and unique functionality that rural open space currently provides, especially in the Rural Crescent (RC) area, which is the single largest open space asset we have in PW County.
In particular, the RC area should not be given second class status and needs quality attention by all parties. Without a thoughtful open space plan focused on preservation, proper management and enjoyment by many, including scenic byways designations, we can expect fragmentation of this precious asset amongst development areas and cluster developments as we do now, and our precious asset will surely suffer the fate of becoming victim to a fractured and non-functional landscape with respect to historic, scenic green space. We do not wish to have our current precious open space suffer the fate of impaired functionality, including fractured wildlife habitat, impaired open space activities, and impairment of the precious remaining viewsheds that have so long been a part of our heritage since prior to the Civil War. The fact is that we need a cohesive fully vetted Greenway and Parks and Open Space Master Plan for all of PW County, with pedestrian connectivity, thoughtfully designed and safe hiking and biking trails. It is possible for County government to put preserved land for growth management, environmental quality functionality and to assist the local economy, although there is the question of rights of access for some of the preserved land. All this needs to be explored in the development of a fully vetted Open Space Plan.