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VDOT Public Hearing Concerning I-66

December 12, 2017

I have received this notice concerning Transform 66 and want to pass it on for your review. I would encourage you to attend, but if you are unable, there are instructions on how to submit an official comment via email at the bottom of the notice.

Gainesville Library Holiday Book Sale

November 29, 2017

Friends of the Gainesville Library is holding their holiday book sale this week. This is a great way to support an excellent community organization and find gifts for friends and family.

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Community Christmas Party Brunch

November 21, 2017

Save the date- Saturday December 16th from 11-1pm. Parks at Piedmont Clubhouse

 

2017 Veterans Concert

October 31, 2017

If you are looking to show your support for Veterans Day and listen to some great music, then you will want to attend one of these events in November. See the flyer for details.

Concert Details Flyer

Upcoming Town Halls

October 11, 2017

Dear Friends,
 

It is important for me to hear from you as often as possible to accurately represent your interests. For this reason, I would like to invite you to participate in two opportunities in the coming weeks to hear updates on County issues and share your feedback.

Tonight, Wednesday October 11th, I will be holding a tele-town hall at 7:30 p.m.  From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to participate by calling in 855-756-7520 EXT. 36951#. While on the line, I will go over updates on items impacting our area such as the Dominion Power Line developments, I-66 changes, and surrounding transportation updates. You will also be able to ask a question if you’d like, so please call in at 7:30 to submit them.

The following week on Wednesday Oct. 18th, I would like to invite the residents of the Manassas/Sudley area to attend a town hall at the Bull Run Library. The meeting will be held in Community Room A at 6:30 p.m. Residents will have an opportunity to discuss important community issues with me and representatives from the Prince William County Police, Transportation, and Neighborhood Services departments.

I look forward to hearing your ideas, concerns, and questions. Please pass this invite along to your neighbors and friends so they too can participate.

Sincerely,

Pete Candland, Supervisor
Gainesville Magisterial District

Pumpkins at the Preserve

September 29, 2017

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation has asked that I pass this on so families, hikers, and any other interested parties can attend and participate. Enjoy the start of fall with some cider and pick up a pumpkin or two as we enter October, all while celebrating Public Lands Day at the Bull Run Reserve.

Fifth Annual Walk for Prince William

September 13, 2017

Rise Up Prince William is holding their Fifth Annual Walk for Prince William. I will be walking across the county and visiting donation sites, where goods provided by your generosity will be used to benefit local charities. See the flyer below and share it with friends and neighbors. I look forward to seeing you at the after party to celebrate.

Bi-County Parkway Update

July 31, 2017

There are powerful special interest groups on Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) who are trying their best to revive the Bi-County Parkway to follow exactly the same route that we fought together to defeat just a little over a year ago. Astoundingly, when the funding priority list was snuck into the TransAction Plan of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) a couple of weeks ago, not a single Public Information meeting was scheduled in Prince William County.

The Chairman of the NVTA is also a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Marty Nohe of the Coles District, and he explained away a decision he personally made not to hold any Public Information meetings in Prince William County, despite such meetings being held in Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Arlington County.

To be clear, I am not opposed to the construction of a North-South Corridor that will provide relief for commuters between Prince William County and points north. I am opposed to a Cargo Truck Autobahn that will be a cut-through from I-95 to Dulles Airport that is actually just the pretense for opening up a new transportation corridor for significant new high-density housing developments in Loudoun County.

I am strongly opposed to the routing plan that was previously considered and defeated, notwithstanding the broad support among the special interests who wanted to cash in on the backs of Prince William County citizens.

I have made my position clear from the outset that local residents should have a right to have input on the decisions that are made by the CTB on how roadways impact their communities. The citizens of the Gainesville District were ignored in the development of the routing plan for the Bi-County Parkway that would have eviscerated the Rural Crescent, would have disrespected the significant historical battlefields that the routing plan would have dissected; and would have led to the shutdown of the Sudley Church on Route 234 because of a deal that was struck with the National Park Service administrators of the Manassas National Battlefield.

The proposed routing plan for the Bi-County Parkway would also increase traffic congestion in Prince William County, and would create a catastrophic commuter nightmare on I-66, a roadway that is already designated as one of the worst commuter highways in America.

I sponsored a resolution on the Board of County Supervisors to remove the Bi-County Parkway from the County’s Comprehensive Plan.  I fought for that significant policy change because I wanted to protect the right of local citizens to have input in any future discussions about the routing plan and its impact on our community.

Equally important, it is imperative for everyone to understand that the Bi-County Parkway has negative impacts across all of Prince William County, not just here in the Gainesville District.

VDOT and the CTB teamed up to try every political trick in the book to ram through this special interest road on the backs of every family in Prince William County. They failed because of the strong efforts of citizens in Prince William County who rose up and demanded that their voices be heard.

Let’s be clear on the facts – there is no credible study or evaluation criteria presently in existence that demonstrates that the Bi-County Parkway, as presently designed, would provide any significant economic benefit to Prince William County, reduce travel times to Dulles Airport, or relieve traffic on our overcrowded roads.  In fact, the opposite is true.

Data from VDOT clearly shows that their version of the Bi-County Parkway would dramatically increase traffic in Gainesville, as it will close down Rt. 234 through the Battlefield.

Before Supervisor Nohe attempted to sneak by the inclusion of the Bi-County Parkway into the list of priority funding of roads in Northern Virginia, I had made the commitment to form a Task Force on the Bi-County Parkway, and I had already held a meeting of citizens on this issue.  Mr. Nohe’s back door attempt to sneak the Bi-County Parkway into a list of roadway funding priorities has made it impossible to continue that effort.

I will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Delegate Hugo, Delegate Marshall, Senator Black, and my colleagues on the Board of County Supervisors to continue to fight a roadway that offers no economic benefits to Prince William County and is nothing more than a “special interest” roadway that is being promoted by some politicians who choose to support their big donors over the citizens they were elected to represent.

In the end, this is about not allowing VDOT and the CTB to prioritize the special interest groups in Loudoun County over our quality of life.  You have my commitment that I will continue to stand for the citizens of Prince William County and demand that your voices are heard.

I also fully understand that there are some landowners, particularly those who own large tracts of land in our area, who have found that it is no longer economically viable for agricultural activities. I believe that some accommodation must be made to allow for these landowners to reasonably value their land for non-agricultural purposes. That is a discussion that must take place outside of the context of the Bi-County Parkway, and we must find solutions that are reasonable and sensitive to the needs of these large landowners.

I am grateful for the trust that you have placed in me to represent your interests on the Board of County Supervisors, but my voice is only effective if it represents the beliefs of the majority of the people whom I represent. I welcome input from you, and I will be working to hold meetings to gather additional input from all stakeholders on the future of the Rural Crescent, and whether some accommodations need to be made to this policy that responsibly address the priorities of the landowners who have a right to expect equity. But these are local decisions that we have the right to make, and not have policies formulated by special interests rammed down our throats.

You have my commitment that I will continue to stand up for protecting our communities, your property values, and our quality of life.

Sincerely,

Pete Candland, Supervisor
Gainesville Magisterial District

Haymarket-Gainesville Library Summer Book Sale

July 11, 2017

The Friends of the Gainesville Library is pleased to announce their Summer Bag Book Sale. The event will last three days and it is only $5 for as many books as you can fit in the provided bag

 

National Police Week May 14-20

May 15, 2017

Friends and neighbors, this week is National Police Week. Some of you may have noticed the increase of police groups from around the country as they travel to events in D.C. I encourage you to thank the officers you interact with for their selfless dedication to enforcing laws and protecting families. I would also hope that you join me in honoring the five officers who have fallen in the line of duty and many others from our county who have sacrificed everything on our behalf.