The Rural Crescent is an area that we want to protect. As an eco-friendly agri-business, we are in a unique position to meet the needs of our Comprehensive Plan, keep the Rural Crescent beautiful and environmentally sound, and bring important jobs and smart growth to Prince William County.
In 1998 the Prince William County Board of Supervisors adopted a Comprehensive Plan that formally established an Urban Growth Boundary. The purpose of the Rural Crescent was to strengthen Prince William County’s capacity to control urban sprawl by defining an area that was available for higher density development and a protected rural area thus known at the “Rural Crescent”.
The Rural Crescent includes lands located south of the Route 234 corridor and west of Route 15. It covers approximately 80,000 acres. The crescent-shaped boundary was retained in the 2005 and 2009 updates to the Land Use chapter, but some requests for exemptions to development limits have been approved by the Supervisors. Madera Farm‘s agricultural and forestry uses are just the type of land use that the Comprehensive Plan demands.
Managing land use through planning and zoning is the most cost-effective tool to minimize local property taxes. Real and personal property taxes fund new schools, fire/police stations, libraries, parks, and other public infrastructure. Prince William taxpayers also finance new roads and improvements, such as Route 28, through bonds, since the Virginia Department of Transportation has been unable to build roads fast enough to keep up with the traffic congestion created by sprawling suburbs.
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