It has been said that a good ratio for development is approximately 70% residential properties and 30% commercial. With that baseline for success, Prince William County is in an unhealthy range of about 85% residential and 15% commercial.

What that means for the average resident is that there are too few tax-generating commercial properties in the county to properly relieve the high local tax burden on us, the hard-working taxpayers. 

So if we need to increase business development in our county, let’s do it with some projects that look to the future – projects like the PW Digital Gateway. It has been approved by the Board of County Supervisors but now needs to be implemented so we can see some benefits.

As the world of technology grows, shouldn’t Prince William grab a share of it? A technology corridor like the Digital Gateway can bring needed high-tech jobs and is a good investment for the future.

The Board of Supervisors just needs to take the next steps to make it an economic reality.

– David Seyer, Manassas

 

 

(4) comments

Christine Turner

Fairfax County supervisors strongly urged Prince William County to do a water study before planning the PWDG. Fairfax county officials are concerned how the PWDG would impact waterways leading to the Occoquan Reservoir, which provides water for much of northern Virginia. PWC supervisors ignored this advice. I’m surprised more people aren’t aware of this. PWC can build data centers in other industrial and commercial areas without compromising the safety of northern Virginia residents.

Christine Turner

Fairfax County supervisors strongly urged Prince William County to do a water study before planning the PWDG. Fairfax county officials are concerned how the PWDG would impact waterways leading to the Occoquan Reservoir, which provides water for much of northern Virginia. Prince William County

supervisors ignored this advice. I’m surprised more people aren’t aware of this. Prince William can build data bases in other industrial and commercial areas without compromising the safety of northern Virginia residents.

Jeff Custer

The PWDG is a great opportunity for Prince William County to increase its Corporate Tax Revenue by approximately 400 million dollars a year.

Paul Benedict

I don't consider the Digital Gateway to be commercial. It fits industrial much better. Very few permanent jobs will be provided by the Digital Gateway, just huge sprawling buildings. If you fly over Prince William County it is looking pretty ugly these days. Acres and acres of big white rectangular roofs.

And, besides that, I don't know that the residential/commercial ratio you want is meaningful in the post COVID world.

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