Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Rural Crescent Community Forum‏

Contact: Kim Hosen, Executive Director, PW Conservation Alliance, 703-499-4954

Rural Crescent Forum: Looking to the Future
Thursday, March 6, 7:30-9:00pm
Bull Run UU Church, 9250 Main St., Manassas

Are you tired of complaining about overcrowed schools, roads and parks? In 1998, Prince William Supervisors adopted a protected rural area, dubbed the Rural Crescent, to help solve these problems.  Fifteen years later, Supervisors are now studying how “effective” the Rural Crescent has been and reviewing rural preservation strategies.

How can the Rural Crescent promote farming, locally grown food and other agricultural uses? How would more houses in the Rural Area impact property taxes for everyone in the county, from Haymarket to Quantico? Can the Rural Crescent help spur redevelopment in targeted areas, such as the Route 1 corridor?

On March 6, a panel of local experts will discuss these and other questions. Each speaker will provide a ten-minute opening presentation, which will be followed by Q&A from the audience. The speakers are:

  • Charlie Grymes, Chairman, Prince William Conservation Alliance
  • Chris Price, Director of Planning, Prince William County Planning Office
  • Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth
  • Jay Yankey, Board of Directors, Prince William Farm Bureau
Gainesville resident and PWCA Board Director Elena Schlossberg believes living in a community is about more than building roads and houses. “Now is the time to get involved”, she says. “Upcoming decisions about the future of the Rural Crescent will influence the location of all infrastructure investments from Haymarket to Quantico.”

For more information, contact Prince William Conservation Alliance at 703-499-4954, alliance@pwconserve.org, or check online at www.pwconserve.org.

Prince William Conservation Alliance is a nonprofit watershed organization working to protect and enhance natural resources through stewardship, recreation and education.
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