Houses, houses everywhere, but not a place to park.
That was one of the complaints that Prince William County residents and officials addressed at the Marumsco Communities Town Hall on Tuesday.
Supervisor Frank Principi hosted the meeting, which took place at Kilby Elementary School in Woodbridge.
The panelists were Captain Chris Feather from the Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD), Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (PWCDFR) Assistant Chief Matt Smolsky, Parks and Recreation Director Seth Hendler-Voss, Richard Weinmann from the Prince William County Department of Transportation, Cathy Holtzlander from the Public Works department.
Many attendees expressed frustration over the lack of available parking in their neighborhoods.
In some residential areas, parking is only allowed on one side of the street.
Community members are also struggling to drive through other parts of Woodbridge where parking is allowed on both sides.
Some county residents expressed concerns about emergency personnel not being able to respond to calls due to the crowded roads.
“If you’re worried about emergency access or safety issues, I’m more than happy to come and look at it and do a review,” Weinmann said.
Meeting attendees also asked if parking could be restricted.
Weinmann explained that some roads must remain open for members of the public. However, parking can be restricted if there is a safety or sight issue.
Multiple families who are living in one dwelling and own several vehicles is also making it difficult for residents to park in front of their home.
According to Holtzlander, community members can report any concerns about overcrowding.
“There’s an investigative process, so basically what an inspector is going to need to know is when you see this happening,” Holtzlander said. “And if it’s after 7, we will make arrangements to conduct an evening inspection, so they can actually see what you’re seeing.”
Parking and overcrowding weren’t the only topics discussed.
Attendees also provided suggestions, one of which was to bring a Sonic to Woodbridge.
In addition to receiving community input, Principi mentioned several projects, including the proposed widening of Neabsco Mills Road.
Woodbridge, he added, is also gaining a new elementary school. Officials may decide on a site by the end of this month.
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