Monday's Manassas City Council meeting was as dramatic as everyone expected given two items on the agenda that would tighten zoning regulations surrounding abortion clinics as well as other medical facilities. The first zoning change would separate medical facilities into a different zoning category and the second would require certain clinics that perform outpatient surgeries like cosmetic surgery and abortion to get a "Special Use Permit" from the city before building could commence. Both agenda items were defeated 4-2.
Defenders of the proposed zoning changes called for "transparency" in the process of new medical facilities opening in Manassas, while opponents said that the amendments unfairly targeted women's health clinics.
Mayor Harry J. Parrish II made a lengthy speech at the beginning of "Citizen Time" the segment of the meeting where audience members are allowed to voice their opinions to council members. It was a packed house and Delegate Bob Marshall came out to observe the debate over the proposed policy changes.
The Stafford County Board of Supervisors is considering holding off the land acquisition needed for an emergency access road for Brooke Road until the summer.
Prince William County honored finalists for the Teacher, Principal, New Teacher, Lead Mentor, and Mentor of the year at an awards ceremony at Gar-Field Senior High School in Woodbridge on Tuesday, May 24.
Water’s End Brewery received a $5,000 grant for its Virginia Brews and Views program.
There are few things better than the sense of belonging you feel when you’re a part of a community.