Will there be a moratorium on real Estate development in our area? The construction of houses has left us with fewer and fewer green areas. every inch in our county is spoken for by developers. need your leadership to help curb the sprawl and the consequent traffic, diminution of services per person, and diminishing education opportunities for our children. Curb sprawl please.
PS: If I wanted to live in New York City I would have moved there.
It is not legally possible for Fairfax County to levy a “moratorium” on building and development. Landowners have a legal right to develop and/or build in accordance with the zoning on their property.
I understand your concern about how growth and development takes place. Just as we have grown over the past 50 years, we will continue to grow. It’s important that we not continue the kind of growth that causes the kind of sprawl and environmental problems you have pointed out.
As we accommodate new growth, it has never been more important to guide that growth toward areas that can best support it. Using the Transformation of Tysons Corner as our model, we will encourage growth and development toward transit oriented, walkable, mixed-use centers which will be attractive to young residents as well as empty nesters like myself. An existing model of this urban compact development pattern can be found in Reston Town Center, where someone can walk out their door and find shopping, recreation and other amenities within an easy walk. This pattern of growth will protect and preserve our stable older neighborhoods as well.
I want to point out that Fairfax County is home to more than 48,000 acres of open space and an additional 40,000 acres of preserved land, which amounts to 35 percent of the entire county. For a breakdown of that land, visit: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/chairman/news/park-land.htm