Corey Stewart: The Developers Candidate
Stewart said that developers were pleased with the direction the board has taken as a whole in easing permit restrictions, building roads and other key infrastructure and keeping taxes low.
He said that he has never taken donations from developers while they have a project pending before the board.
I’ll bet “developers are pleased with the direction of the board!” Does Avendale ring any bells?!
Tell me, please, why do people spin the truth when the facts can so clearly create obvious contradictions. From today’s Inside Nova:
On Oct. 7, Bruni Peters of Fairfax-based RK Realty contributed $10,000 to Stewart – just 11 days before Stewart and the rest of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors unanimously approved a comprehensive land use amendment and a re-zoning of one of Bruni’s future mixed-use properties.
At issue is the Hunter at Haymarket development. Thanks to the board’s vote, a six-acre portion of a 44-acre parcel of land off U.S. 15 was approved for office space. The board also approved a higher density residential zoning for nearly 10 of 15 acres that were originally designated semi-rural residential.
Before the vote, Weir asked those board members who had received contributions from RK Realty, Peters or the EV Hunter Trust to recuse themselves from the vote and the rest to vote no. Stewart, Brentsville Supervisor W.S. “Wally” Covington, Gainesville Supervisor John T. Stirrup, Coles Supervisor Martin E. Nohe and Neabsco Supervisor John D. Jenkins received $32,000 in political contributions in the last nine months from those entities, including $20,500 for Stewart alone.
Let me add, back in 2007 Corey’s owns words AGAINST his opponent Sharon Pandak, and I quote……….
“I am pleased to see that my opponent in this years election has changed her mind about pledging to protect the Rural Crescent. YOur supporters should be reminded that my opponent refused to sign the rural protection pledge a mere eleven months ago during the last years special election. By contrast, I have always stood as an uncompromised champion of protecting the Rural Areas of our county against development encroachments. Since my opponent was the developers candidate in last years special election, and is quietly so again this year, there are some who might view her decision to sign the pledge this year as politicl posturing intended to confuse the voters.”
I can recall, vividly, the sign, nay, the BILLBOARD, that I erected on my property for Corey. It read something like “Vote Corey Stewart//The Smart Growth Candidate”. Myself, along with many others, feel betrayed by Corey’s lack of commitment to “champion” smart growth along with the preservation of the Rural Crescent.
During the public hearing, Stewart didn’t address the accusations but said the Class A office space is sorely needed in Prince William County. Covington said the proximity of a cement plant near the development didn’t bother him and said with the construction of a nearby hospital, more office space would be needed.
When reached via telephone Tuesday, Stewart said if this would’ve been controversial at all, he would have asked RK Realty to postpone the donation or he would’ve asked to delay the vote. But he said he saw no reason not to, especially in light of how soon voters will hit the polls.
“Everybody on the board agrees we need more office space,” Stewart said.
Really? We need more office space? Either I am living in an alternate reality, or the numerous “office space for lease” real estate signs EVERYWHERE , indicate we have untold amounts of unrented office space. You see, along with the “much needed” office space (what a joke), the property in Haymarket was also rezoned from semi rural residential to high density housing. What do you think is going to sell? I am willing to go out on a limb and predict the housing with sell like hotcakes.
I don’t know how Corey can look at himself in the mirror. I wonder if it is worth it in the end? To sell the well being of your county down the river in hopes of attaining your political aspirations.
Oy Vay, this IS a bad day for Corey but a good one for citizens. The Washington Post also did an aricle on the questionable campaign contributions. Here is my favorite paragraph:
Bob Weir, who sits on Haymarket’s Town Council, had asked that supervisors who had accepted donations from developers recuse themselves from voting. Weir said the town is opposed to the project because, among other things, it would add more than 4,000 vehicle trips to area roads and places an option for an eight-story hotel where the rest of the buildings in the surrounding area have lower height restrictions.
Members of the county’s planning commission opposed the project for similar reasons.
“On this one, and on all of them it would appear,” Weir said, asked if he thought campaign contributions had played a role in the board’s approval of the project. “This isn’t an isolated incident. What’s the purpose of having bodies vet these things if you’re not going to … abide by their recommendations, if the issues that are brought up are just brushed aside?”
But Stewart said that the project was not controversial, noting that it passed unanimously and without debate among supervisors. Stewart said that he did not speak with Peters about the proposed development before the vote and that the donation did not affect his vote or the county’s decision.
“I was concerned about the timing,” Stewart said of the donation. “[But] it was a non-controversial office development the board passed unanimously. Any controversy, I would have delayed the vote until later or I would have asked RK Realty to not donate but … they’re building office space, which is exactly what the county needs and exactly what the voters want.”
Stewart said that the town of Haymarket wanted the project to be within the town’s borders so that it could add the development to its tax base. Weir said that had nothing to do with the town’s position.
So on one hand he admits that the Town of Haymarket had clear issues AND expressed them to the Board but says there was “no controversy”? What does Corey believe controversy entails ? Does there have to be a huge protest in order to know that you may be doing something unethical?