|The Saga of Saratoga Hunt
The problems at Saratoga Hunt began when Prince William government approved a site plan that violated 14 proffered commitments.
Once the approved site plan showing proffer violations was approved, the dominos began to fall. County field inspectors use the approved site plan to check for violations. If the violations are on the site plan, it is tough to spot problems.
Without citizen involvement, the illegal clearcutting and other violations at Saratoga Hunt would probably never have been identified or addressed. In response to citizen concerns, PWCA sent a letter to Planning Director Steve Griffin on November 6, 2003, requesting a meeting to identify and discuss violations at this development site.
In the end, despite the clearcut nature of the violations, months of citizen outcry were required for Prince William County to initiate credible efforts to resolve problems. Saratoga Hunt is one example where citizen efforts made a difference and helps show why NIMBYs (NotInMyBackYard) are needed to protect important community resources.
Review of Government Actions:
December 8, 2003 - Saratoga Hunt Proffer Violation Notice, Stop Work Order and Correction Order was issued by Prince William County. This document cited 14 proffer violations and provided information on the criteria required for resolution.
January 23, 2004 - Prince William County filed a Bill of Complaint for Injunctive and Other Relief in Circuit Court. Unfortunately, the parties involved -- Richmond American Homes and Washington Homes -- were not served so, although there is the appearance of legal action, none exists. According to information provided by the Circuit Count, the case becomes null and void if the involved parties are not served within one year.
August 3 2004 - Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved a Resolution Accepting the Saratoga Hunt Settlement Agreement, Click here to read it yourself.
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