Fairfax County politicians are implementing a plan they say will force us to walk and bike more.
Fairfax County’s supervisors have a plan that makes our neighborhoods so densely congested we will abandon our cars and be forced to walk or bike. But the Chairman of the Board was given a county car for his personal use, and free gas courtesy of taxpayers. Really?
County supervisors are behind a plan that increases housing density with more apartments, condos and townhomes in our neighborhoods.
It also reduces available parking by as much as 30% in commercial shopping areas.
It’s all part of an effort to make it so inconvenient to drive, people start walking or biking.
The idea is that by increasing density, reducing parking, and keeping road capacity at it’s present level, people will become so frustrated they will abandon their cars and be forced on to busses or sidewalks. (No sidewalks? That’s a whole other issue.)
Apparently supervisors believe that by sidelining cars they will make a significant contribution toward solving climate change.
I’m not so sure residents who find themselves juggling their dry-cleaning and groceries as they walk two miles home will agree.
For people like me who admittedly need to get our daily steps in, inconvenience is the least of the negative impacts of this plan.
Moderate and low income families who don’t have the luxury to work from home will be materially damaged by increasing traffic congestion.
Young people just starting to establish themselves on the first rungs of the economic ladder will also be hurt.
And don’t forget our older neighbors who can’t wrestle groceries for a two mile walk. They will have to put out the extra money to uber.
The politicians’ response? Get used to it.
Do you want to live in a concrete jungle of high-rises, limited parking, and constant traffic congestion so supervisors can feel good about themselves?
And why would these politicians feel good about having made the lives of their constituents more difficult?
I can only imagine what else we might expect from a Board of Supervisors dominated by “public servants” like these.
I’m running for supervisor because I’m convinced the job of our representatives is to reflect our hopes and values with policies that improve our lives.
Their job is not to force on you and me lives in a dystopian version of an ill-planned future.
Lives by the way supervisors themselves don’t intend to lead. They voted to give Board Chairman Ken McKay a county car and free gas courtesy of taxpayers.
Expect the other members of the board to be up for free cars in next year’s round of budgeting.
My name is Puneet and I believe supervisors should be held accountable for the expense and damage their policies create.
I’ll start by working to repeal the 30% payraise supervisors gave themselves earlier this year.
And I’ll call them out for the free cars and other benefits they give themselves in future budgets.
I’d be grateful for you consideration in the election for Dranesville Supervisor.
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