An application has been submitted to Prince William County to rezone 55 acres of land on Horner Road, near Prince William Parkway and Interstate 95 (Marumsco Village). If approved, it would allow for the construction of 325 townhomes and multi-family units at this congested intersection near Kilby Elementary School. The Board of County Supervisors will consider that application at a public hearing on Tuesday, March 19th, at 7:30pm.

Following are some of the negative impacts that this development could pose, with the increased strain on our schools and roads being felt far beyond the adjacent neighborhoods. Concerned residents are encouraged to arrive early on the 19th and register to speak during Citizens Time.

An application has been submitted to Prince William County to rezone 55 acres of land on Horner Road, near Prince William Parkway and Interstate 95 (Marumsco Village). The application requests the Board of County Supervisors allow for the construction of 325 townhomes and multi-family units. The matter will be considered at a public hearing on Tuesday, March 19th, at 7:30pm.

This development will have a significant negative impact on our community. This document describes these impacts and how residents may participate in the public hearing.

Schools

This development will generate 159 new students and impact nine schools; six of which will all be overcrowded within four years. In the 2023-24 school year, Fred Lynn will be overcrowded by 245 students (112% capacity) and Woodbridge High School by 450 students (116% capacity). There are already 27 trailers at the nine schools impacted.

To alleviate overcrowding and create capacity, Kilby Elementary had to be included in the boundary changes for Prince William Parkway; which impacted 16 schools and thousands of students and families. The School Board has said that reassigning students to alleviate additional overcrowding from this application is not an acceptable solution.

This application is opposed by the School Board because it will cause school overcrowding, strain resources, could require more boundary changes in the surrounding neighborhoods and adds to the need to build more space.

Transportation

This development will generate 2,773 new daily vehicle trips, with 120 trips during the AM peak hour and 151 trips during the PM peak hour. The intersections of Horner Road and Summerland Drive and Summerland Drive and Prince William Parkway are already operating at “F”.

Even with the proffered road improvements, Summerland Drive and Prince William Parkway will continue operating at an unacceptable service level.

Public Safety

The local OWL fire station already handles double the number of incidents per tactical unit recommended. Adding 325 more units to the area will compromise Fire & Rescue’s ability to respond emergencies.

Environment

The proposed site was a former landfill with a history of cockroach infestations. The applicant has agreed to a Geotechnical and Entomology study to test and provide any required mitigation measures for these issues only after the Board votes on this application. This means we won’t know the impact of building homes on this site until it is too late!

Conclusion

This proposed development will cause more overcrowded classrooms, additional traffic congestion in an area known for a dangerous mix of school students and motorists, delayed 911 response times and potential environmental impacts.

Participation in Public Hearing

If you are concerned about this residential application and the negative impacts it represents, please consider speaking at the public hearing. Make your voice heard by speaking for up to three minutes at the Board of County Supervisors Public Hearing scheduled for 7:30pm, Tuesday, March 19th at the McCoart  Building, 1 County Complex, Woodbridge, 22192. Please arrive early and sign-up in the board chambers to speak.

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