Check out this monstrosity being built on Silver Lake, County property, leased by the Rainbow Riding Club. Citizens are wondering why there are no building permits for this construction. So we called, and this is what we were told…………………………….”since this is county property, we will not cite ourselves for improper building practices”.
WHAT????????????????????? So, what this tells us is that only regular citizens like you and I are held to a county standard. Really?
What may be most troubling, is WHERE was the legally required public hearing when this contract was created? Citizens were denied the right to comment on what would happen with THEIR public park land, public park land we all paid for through the Dominion Vally rezoning process.
This construction is on county PUBLIC PARK land that was leased to Rainbow Riding, but who is financing this building? If it is Rainbow Riding, well, they are a private entity LEASING public land, since when were they allowed exemption from building codes? Furthermore in their contract with the county, it states the exact opposite.
Pursuant the contract:
p2 b. All such improvements shall be constructed in a good and workmanlike manner, in accordance with all applicable governmental laws, ordinances and regulations, pursuant to approved site plans and building plans and therefore (if applicable ordinances and regulations require the approval of such plans), and after licensor obtains all required permits thereafter.
Where is the Environmental Impact Study? Where is the Public Facility Review? Where is the building permit? WHAT is this facility for? Is this just for private use by Rainbow Riding or will they charge a fee to rent it out for bigger horse events? If so, was there a traffic impact analysis completed?
What is very worrisome, when reviewing the contract with Rainbow Riding club, is that our county has basically given our public land away with little to no restrictions of what uses are allowed on County land.
p2 3. Improvements to Property. Licensee shall have the right to construct improvements upon the Licensee Area, which improvements include, but shall not be limited to, fencing, paddocks, barns, run-in sheds, an outdoor riding ring, equipment sheds, and an indoor facility containing an indoor ring, observation area, office suite…….
oh, but wait, if Rainbow Riding allows use of this facility for something other than passive recreation:
p4 e. In the event he Licensee desires to use or permit the use or permit the use of any portion of the property which shall be served by the Access Road for uses OTHER than passive recreation or/or equestrian trails, licensee shall so notify Licensor…….and good faith measures will be taken to eliminate or mitigate adverse impacts from use of access road.
In a nutshell, what this tells me, is that citizens have very little recourse to control what happens on 45 acres of Silver Lake, 45 acres intended for Passive Use only. Since when did County land become subject to private use only? This is a very disturbing and growing trend.
Finally, what disgusts me the most, is during the debate to DOUBLE the size of Silver Lake for public use via a partnership with Bull Run Mountain Conservancy, a public park intended for ALL citizens, the big push back from several Supervisors was concern over public land being “privatized”. And yet, time and time again, since the BOCS denied the BRMC application, you have seen that VERY “privitization” impact through the long term lease agreements with the Rainbow Riding Club(Silver Lake), Virginia Soccer Association (Witta Tract), and finally the Grizzlies Football (Avendale).
Prince William Conservation and Bull Run Conservancy were villifed for working towards this amazing public/private partnership, but in our local government, hyprocrisy thrives I guess.