Disinformation Versus Truth: The PW Digital Gateway

These false claims are designed to misinform the public.


The Pageland Landowners submit to you a written chart that identifies disinformation and the truth point by point. We hope that these truths will be shared with the public, including Heritage Hunt and other groups who have not allowed our representatives to present them, or to have any dialogue with them, so that decisions can be made based on facts, not falsehoods.

There has been much disinformation spread regarding Staff’s draft Comprehensive Plan Amendment known as the Prince William Digital Gateway. Some of this disinformation is so inaccurate, it is nothing more than lies.

#1 it has been falsely claimed that Staff’s Plan does not protect or preserve historic cemeteries or known burial sites.


The truth is, the Cultural Resources section of the Plan, which was written by the County Archaeologist, prioritizes the study and preservation of all historic cemeteries within the Corridor. Actual Burial sites are cemeteries. The Cultural Resources section contains 16 action strategies that are designed to preserve historic resources and viewsheds.


These 16 action strategies are in addition to county-wide cultural resource protection strategies in the Comprehensive Plan, and in the County’s Historic Preservation Collections Management Policy. This level of attention to the preservation of historic and cultural assets is not found anywhere else in the Comprehensive Plan.


#2 it has been falsely claimed that Staff’s Plan reduces the amount of publicly owned or permanently protected Open Space. The truth is, the Plan expects at least 800 acres, more than 1/3 of the entire area, to be new, additional parkland or protected Open Space. In fact, a Plan action strategy even goes further, recommending that, at the time of rezoning detailed studies, applicants identify and preserve even more open space than the 800 acres identified in Staff’s Plan. This extent of new, additional publicly owned or protected Open Space in commercial developments is unprecedented in the Prince William Comprehensive Plan.


Many other false claims have been made that are designed to misinform the public and you. The Pageland Landowners submit to you a written chart that identifies disinformation and the truth regarding it.