Prince William County lawmakers will vote on a new development project Tuesday. If approved, it will bring thousands of homes, a marina, and a 5-star resort to the area but some are concerned it will bring too much traffic. Northern Virginia Bureau Chief David Culver reports
The Prince William County Board of Supervisors Tuesday anonymously approved a major development project.
The Potomac Shores Development promises to bring about 4,000 new homes, a 450-slip marina and a 5-star resort to the east end of the county.
The planned community stretches south along Route 1 into Dumfries, Va. along the Potomac River. An adjoining golf course is just about complete. News4's Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver visited the site Tuesday and noticed a few of the homes are already under construction.
Some worry the development will bring more congestion to an already traffic-filled region.
Occoquan Planning Commissioner Kim Hosen likes the concept of Potomac Shore, but she questions the size of this project in this crowded location.
"I think there are still questions about the viability of this particular project, given its location at the end of a peninsula with no market on the eastern side," Hosen said. "And I think there are huge issues that need to still be resolved regarding traffic impacts to the Route 234 and Route 1 intersection."
The developer, SunCal, says they've already made plans to ease those concerns. They promise a new V.R.E. train station, an expanded commuter parking lot and they said the Virginia Department of Transportation is helping with the extended HOV lanes.
"We're comfortable and our traffic consultants and experts are comfortable that we'll mitigate the traffic so that upon completion of that intersection the traffic will actually perform better than under the current plans," SunCal Companies Division President Peter Johnson said.
The development will take between three and five years to finish.