Update on 9/28/22 PWCO Planning Commission Public Hearing

The Planning Commission recommended two important changes to the Land Use Chapter of the County’s Pathway to 2040 Comprehensive Plan.  We believe these changes, if approved by the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS), are in the best interests of our Hunters Ridge community.

First, the Planning Commission recommended the Delaney Tract continue to be included in the Occoquan Reservoir Protective Overlay area.  This will exclude high-density housing development on the Delaney Tract, requiring home lot sizes to be at least 5 acres.  

Secondarily, the Planning Commission recommended the Kline Project development (in the vicinity of the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Liberia) be limited to single family homes with at least 2 acres.  This is another vote for low-density development which we champion.

Incorporation of these changes will require modifications to the Mobility Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan, and accordingly consideration of the Mobility Chapter has been deferred to their November 9, 2022, meeting.  The Purcell Road East (Peak’s Mill Extension) proposal is currently a part of the Mobility Chapter, and we believe the two changes reported above will result in changes to that proposal that will favor the interests of the Hunters Ridge community.

We want to thank our HR homeowners who attended and spoke at the Planning Commission hearing, as well as those who wrote to them and the BOCS voicing their opposition to the Delaney Tract development expansion and the Purcell Road East project.  Our collective advocacy has had an impact and makes a difference.  Final decisions are yet to be made by the Board of County Supervisors.  Your Board of Directors will continue to alert you to evolving developments.

Hunters Ridge Board of Directors

IMPORTANT PWC PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING ON 9/28/22

The Prince William County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the McCoart Administrative Building (1 County Complex Court) on September 28, 2022 at 6:45 PM, to discuss/approve the County Comprehensive Plan.  Of specific interest to the Hunters Ridge community is the issue of connecting Peaks Mill Drive to the Prince William Parkway and Purcell Road.  

We thank all those who have already made their opposition to extending Purcell Road through Hunters Ridge known; however, the fight is not over!  This meeting/hearing presents another opportunity to voice your opposition to extending Purcell Road through Hunters Ridge.

The Planning Commission’s interest in extending Peaks Mill Drive is predicated on a planned zoning change to the 661-acre Delaney Tract property adjacent Hunters Ridge along Prince William Parkway. The Comprehensive Plan decreases the lot size and significantly increases the population density of planned Delaney Tract development.  This overdevelopment of the Delaney Tract (squeezing six times as many homes on this land) will put far too many vehicles on Prince William Parkway and will necessitate running Purcell Road through Hunters Ridge. More traffic means more noise, more speeding, more accidents, and decreased safety in and around Hunters Ridge.

We encourage you to speak out against these issues at the September 28, 2022 Planning Commission meeting/Public Hearing and make your opposition known.  A copy of the agenda is found at the below link. Paragraph 5 provides meeting registration information (you must register NLT 5pm Tuesday, Sept 27th)  and public comment guidance.

https://www.pwcva.gov/assets/2022-09/PC Agenda 20220921.pdf

On behalf of the Hunters Ridge HOA Board and in the interest of homeowners, thank you!

Sincerely,

Hunters Ridge Board of Directors

PWCO BOARD OF COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEETING TO INCLUDE PURCELL ROAD EXTENSION REVIEW

The Prince William County Board of County Supervisors will meet on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 7:30 PM at the McCoart Building for a work session on the Pathway to 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update and the last item on the agenda is the Mobility Section where they will discuss the Purcell Road Extension.  It is open to the public for comments during the comments section.  This is a unique opportunity for Hunters Ridge residents to speak up and oppose the Purcell Road Extension. A mass opposition is critical if we are going to stop the Purcell Road Extension. Residents are encouraged to either attend the meeting in person or use the “SpeakUp” Prince William website to submit their opposition to the Purcell Road Extension.  Two pertinent links are as follows:

https://granicus_production_attachments.s3.amazonaws.com/pwcgov/3d0105c9d85f964cc9423db67aca652c0.html

https://pwcgov.granicusideas.com/meetings/2756-board-of-county-supervisors-meeting/agenda_items

Oppose the Purcell Road Extension East in Pathway To 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update

The HOA recently provided a summary in the Spring 2022 Hunters Ridge Newsletter of the County’s recent inclusion of a Purcell Road Extension in their Comprehensive Plan. If approved, it is designed to bifurcate/split in half Hunters Ridge at Peaks Mill Drive, turning Peaks Mill Drive into a four-lane highway. As a four-lane highway Peaks Mill Drive would carry a significantly higher amount of traffic through the middle of our community including commercial tractor-trailer trucks, etc. Now is the time for residents to voice opposition to this poorly conceived plan that would significantly increase vehicle noise, safety risks, and change Hunters Ridge as we know it.  To assist you in this effort we have attached a letter that summarizes the Hunters Ridge Board’s views. This letter can be sent as is or used as a source document for your own letter or email. To assist you, we have also provided a contact list for the County’s decision makers on for matter.  Now is the time to express your views to those on this list, which includes, in this order, the PWC Board of County Supervisors, PWC Transportation Director, and PWC Planning Commission members. 

Their email addresses are:

bocs@pwcgov.org

rcanizales@pwcgov.org

occoquanplanning@gmail.com

colesplanning@gmail.com

neabscoplanning@gmail.com

riccar1110@aol.com

tom@tomgordy.com

planningatlarge@gmail.com

jmcpwccommission@gmail.com

planningwoodbridge@gmail.com

New Yard Waste Pilot Program Introduced

March 1, 2022

Fellow-Homeowner:

Recently you received a survey from the Hunters Ridge Board of Directors seeking your views  concerning the need for a fee-based yard waste disposal service for the entire community. As you may be aware, on September 7, 2021, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors adopted a new ordinance which requires that yard waste is handled separately from regular trash and delivered to an entirely different landfill. As of today, our community does not have such a service.

Surveyresults indicate a greater number of homeowners prefer having a yard waste service even at a higher costthen those that are opposed. Clearly there are many well thought out and divergent opinions on this subject and all have been considered by the Board.  The Board has taken an objective approach with a commitment to fairness to all homeowners.  The real benefit to the community is realized if the service is broadly utilized by homeowners. With this in mind and sensitive to keeping costs low, the Board has decided to enter into a pilot one-year yard waste removal contract with Disposal Services, LLC, our current trash contractor, commencing April 1, 2022. The first pick-up will be Wednesday, April 6, 2022, and every Wednesday thereafter.  During this one-year pilot there will be no additional cost to homeowners andthe Board will monitor yard waste usage. At the end of the yard waste pilot, if it is determined that very few homeowners are using the yard waste service, the contract will not be renewed.  If it is determined that a significant number of homeowners use the service, it will be renewed.

Homeowners will be solely responsible for following all Prince William County yard waste packaging requirements in preparation for pickup outlined on the attached document.  The HOA will not get involved in cases in which homeowners do not follow the County’s special packaging requirements.

There is established precedent for this approach that we are taking.  The precedent occurred in the early years after Hunters Ridge was established.  The Board had the trash contractor provide several trash dumpsters positioned at various locations  within the community to allow homeowners to neatly engage in spring cleaning of their lots and homes. The Board provided this service as long as it was used and needed by a significant number of homeowners.  When the usage and need diminished the dumpster service was discontinued.

Your Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that the community’s trash removal needs are provided to residents. We are equally committed to approaching this community’s needs objectively and in a manner that is fair to all homeowners. 

Sincerely

Delton Nichols

President