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Stafford transportation upgrades being addressed

October 4, 2012 12:10 am

I have watched with interest the recent debate played out in the FLS regarding Stafford County impact fees.

Charlie Payne's most recent letter ["Good, safe roads do not benefit developers only," Sept. 28] accuses political leaders of passing the buck if they adopt impact fees, requiring developers to contribute to transportation upgrades needed to accommodate new development. Unfortunately, it is Payne who misses the mark.

Impact fees, by law, can be charged only for the impact of future development. They cannot be charged for the transportation problems of today that result from past mistakes. Those must be addressed by other means.

If Payne had provided full information on the issue, he would have admitted that not only are these transportation problems resulting from past mistakes being addressed, it is Supervisor Cord Sterling who is addressing them.

For example:

1. Falmouth intersection improvements are fully funded and under way.

2. U.S. 17 widening is fully funded and under way.

3. A new Courthouse Road interchange is finally moving forward.

4. One thousand new commuter parking spaces now exist at Staffordboro.

5. Upgrades to the Onville Road/State Route 610 intersection are required because of recent BRAC relocations.

All this does not stop at the county line when you consider the numerous other transportation projects throughout the region, such as the new Fall Hill Avenue bridge replacement recently funded by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, on which Sterling serves as the Fredericksburg District representative.

While other local politicians will try to take credit, let's not try to hide the fact that Sterling is addressing the transportation problems while Payne is tilting at windmills and using political sound bites to pass the buck of transportation impacts from his clients to Stafford taxpayers.

Dana Brown


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