Preservation and Transformation:
The Plan for Prince William
The County requires 20% open space on similar commercial projects.
This Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) as proposed in the corridor as a whole would achieve 35% open space.
Adoption of the Landowner’s proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) text encourages and recommends the implementation of significant public benefits: Such benefits include:
Additional protected natural resource open space within the Occoquan Watershed.
Prioritizing the protection of riparian forest along major streams within the Occoquan Watershed, which would lead to increased riparian forest area along these major streams – nature’s “best practice” method of protecting water quality and streams.
Establishing local park facilities and supporting the expansion of Conway-Robinson State Forest.
An extension of the County’s planned Catharpin Greenway linear natural habitat park and biking, hiking and equestrian trail network – from the western perimeter of the Corridor at Heritage Hunt, following Little Bull Run to the eastern perimeter of the Corridor.
Encouraging an “adopt-a-trail” program be established by data center owners, which could provide routine maintenance, clean up and advocacy for County recreational trails with the Corridor.
Enhancing cultural and environmental assets through the creation of new parks and a multi-purpose trail network, in a manner which establishes connections between Conway-Robinson State Forest, Manassas National Battlefield Park, the Catharpin Greenway and Catharpin Park.
Digital Gateway – Overall Facts and Statistics:
2,133 acre study area
43 +/- acres remain Agriculture/Forestry/Low Density Residential
89 +/- acres replanned to Parks & Open Space (“POS”) (in anticipation of the Commonwealth’s potential future expansion of Conway-Robinson State Forest and the establishment of a County Trailhead Park)
2,000 +/- acres replanned to TF (to accommodate data centers at a low overall intensity of no more than 0.30 FAR, calculated upon the overall gross acreage planned TF – including ER designated land)
Environmental Resource (“ER”) areas are extended along stream RPA to coincide with the recent County 2040 Draft LRLU map (approximately 450 acres).