Monday, June 15, 2015

County Staff Operates in 'Free Range' Mode With REITS, Developers, Corporations, Non Profits

Hey, Yupette,

Ever wonder why so many bad mixed-use redevelopment projects reach the County Board and are approved? Like the Rosslyn WRAPS project going to the County Board for advertisement tomorrow night? No brainer. Deals are made, site-plans pre-approved, REITS, developers, and non-profits are given the go-ahead to proceed with whatever site plan conditions they want to implement based on facilitation meetings with planning staff members who don't bother informing anyone but applicants and fellow planning staff members what changes and additions in site plan conditions are being made until site plans are filed. Did I mention the basic outlines of redevelopment deals are approved by the County Board before they are passed along to County Staff? Since everyone appointed to the Planning, Housing, and Transportation Commissions are adherents of the New Urbanist religion, (cult, belief system, whatever you want to call it), site plans are essentially rubber stamped all the way up to the County Board. Oh, also forgot to mention that almost no one on planning staff lives in Arlington, so they never suffer the bad consequences of their "planning". Stay tuned for tomorrow's planning charade, starts about 7 PM.

Wendy, 22201

22 Comments:

At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to be appalled? Do a Google search on "off road Range Rovers photos"

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Concern for the environment has to start at the top - Congressman Don Beyer.

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County 'Planning" Staff WISH they could trade the Toyota, Nissan, etc. SUVs they drive to 2100 Clarendon Blvd. from lovely suburban Fairfax County in for Range Rovers. Maybe when they are promoted to Senior Planning Staff after urbanizing a few more Arlington neighborhoods.

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, in 5 years they can put their 2020 Range Rovers on autopilot while texting comments to ArlNow.

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dealership is no longer 'Don Beyer Alexandria Range Rover - Land Rover'. It's just 'Alexandria Range Rover - Land Rover'.

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of not suffering the consequences of your bad planning decisions - Barbara Donnellan is retiring to Florida.

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara Donnellan lives in Clinton and never suffered the consequences of her bad planning decisions.

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congressman Beyer was endorsed by his fellow Sierra Club Republicans who are avid off-road Range Rover owners.

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure bet - Barbara Donnellan is not retiring to anywhere near vibrant Orlando.

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same rotten Arlington Democratic Party, top to bottom. No way I will vote for any Democrat in November.

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Beyer a Sierra Club Republican? You got that right.

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington's so-called 'Planners' also take their orders from Arlington Democratic Committee members and former Committee members who have lifetime appointments to the Planning, Zoning, Transportation, and Housing Commissions.

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much is this free ranging by Range Rover owners occurring in National Parks and National Forests?

 
At 16 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Arlington residents are the last to know. Planning deals are typically facilitated at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. among Fairfax County residents.

 
At 17 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Board had no choice but to ratify Zimmy's deal with Penzance.

 
At 17 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appears the County Board killed the Artisphere.

 
At 17 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO MORE extravagant public infrastructure for wealthy special interests built at taxpayer expense !!

 
At 18 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Williamsburg. Arlington County staffers are despicable. They don't live in Arlington and make deals with all kinds of special interests (most who also don't live in Arlington) to put more activities in residential neighborhoods...without informing neighborhood residents.

 
At 18 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fairfax County residents who make planning decisions at 2100 without telling us are furious with Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross because she wants developers to plan high density mixed use projects near their suburban neighborhoods in Bailey's Crossroads, Seven Corners, and Route 50.

 
At 18 June, 2015 , Anonymous Jeff said...

I am f*ing sick and tired of New Urbanism / Smart Growth. It's a f*ing cult, ideology, religion, belief system that is making a few hundred people multi-millionaires and totally f*ing up everything in the process.

 
At 18 June, 2015 , Anonymous Dale Dumbass, Environmenttal Issues Staff, Congressman Beyer said...

"Congressman, you done good. You done run over two turtles, a possum, and three snakes the last quarter mile or so."

 
At 18 June, 2015 , Anonymous Jeff Jeter, Range Rover USA, Office of Media Relations said...

"Look left, Congressman, there's a deer. You can hit it if you hit the turbo..."

 

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