Are data centers necessary? Probably so. Are they necessary in rural areas abutting homes, a state forest, and national battlefield park? Absolutely not! Who can blame the folks who live along Pageland Lane for winning the proverbial lottery. But I can't help but believe that the various applicants aren't lining the pockets of county officials. Why else would these projects be green-lighted without proper studies by the Planning Commission and other environmental agencies.
We live less than a 1/2 mile from the data centers that were constructed in RESIDENTIAL AREAS. They are a monstrosity. My understanding is that they will be no longer needed in 20 or so years, so what will happen to the buildings? If you feel the need to build them, build by the dumps, landfills, the airport or such where people don't want to live. I'm so disheartened that public servants put such buildings where people live and go to school.
As a resident of Bristow, who is now forced to live next to "Devlin Tech Park", the newly approved data center campus that the majority of the BOCS approved despite overwhelming community opposition, I oppose all 3 proposals. Data centers have no place next to homes, schools, and national/state parks. I demand more transparency for the location and upcoming schedule of each and every current, approved, and up for approval data center you are trying to cram into the western end of this county!
As a resident of southern Fairfax County who gets drinking water from the Occoquan Reservoir, I am concerned about the impact that the proposed data center complex rezoning will have on water quality in the Bull Run watershed that feeds the Reservoir: i.e., increased sediment, accidental diesel fuel spills, pavement runoff from the asphalt surfaces. The complex will also need large quantities of potable water for cooling, the cost of which will doubtless be passed on to us ratepayers.
I am writing to ask you all to vote Ney to the rezoning proposal for the Digital Gateway Project on Tuesday, December 12 for the Prince William County Digital Gateway project. Please read the email I sent to you in the public hearing meeting. We are residential property owners in the Regency of Creekside adjacent to the re-zoning proposal. We have too many centers that are being built around us now. Please ensure future rezoning and build permits are for Zero Carbon footprint structures only.
My husband and I have lived in PWC almost all of our lives and plan to raise our two children here. While we support its growth we strongly oppose the encroachment of data centers on its beautiful and wild spaces. We've spent hours hiking in Conway Robinson State Park and the Manassas Battlefield. It's bad enough that traffic can be heard from sections of the parks; it would be downright tragic to have big, ugly data centers further mar this amazing landscape.
I strongly oppose these data centers in the Agricultural zone. This land is too close to the Manassas Battlefield and residences to be approved. While I understand the need for lower-income housing, even the new housing in Haymarket starts in the $900,000 range. These data centers will not drive lower income housing, nor improve our tax situation. They will lower our quality of life. The Board leadership was un-elected just a few months ago. Please respect the wishes of county residents.
These Democrats are selling us out! There is still much more investigation needed to approve this horrible PW Gateway project. Wheeler needs to go and let Jefferson have a vote! Residents in OAK VALLEY absoletely oppose the PW digitally gateway. This is a RURAL community- NOT an industrial monster,