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Prince William County’s Planning Commission Chairman Don Taylor to resign

Wheeler announces new appointee

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Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chair Ann Wheeler announced Tuesday her intent to appoint a new planning commissioner to replace current Chairman Don Taylor, who will resign at the end of the month. 

Wheeler said Taylor will begin working as a part-time aide in her office focusing on land-use issues after he resigns his post.

Taylor is the third Prince William County planning commissioner to resign in the last four months following the resignations of Former Neabsco commissioner Bill Milne and former Brentsville commissioner Patty McKay in October.

Wheeler (D) said she intends to appoint Patty Kuntz to the planning commission to replace Taylor beginning in February. Kuntz is a former K-12 schoolteacher and vice chair of the Prince William County Democratic Committee. She previously ran for school board in the Gainesville district in 2019 and lost to current Gainesville school board member Jennifer Wall.

If Kuntz’ appointment is approved by the board at their next meeting, Wheeler said she will begin serving on the commission beginning in February. 

Taylor confirmed on Tuesday that he plans to work in Wheeler’s office part-time as a consultant on land-use issues. He said he began mentoring Kuntz to step into her new role as commissioner over a month ago but declined to comment further on his reasons for resigning. 

Taylor, a resident of Nokesville who owns a 100-acre cattle farm and event venue in the county’s rural area, was first appointed to the planning commission in 2016 by former board chair Corey Stewart and reappointed by Wheeler in 2020. 

Milne and McKay announced their resignations from the commission in October. Milne served as the commission’s chair for the last three years but declined to comment on his reasons for leaving the commission in an interview with Prince William Times in October. McKay said she resigned for personal reasons. 

In the county government, former county executive Chris Martino retired at the end of December, former planning director Parag Agrawal abruptly resigned in October, and former tourism director Ann Marie Maher left her post in December after more than 10 years in the position. 

Reach Daniel Berti at dberti@fauquier.com

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EagleView

Planning commissioners resigning all around her and Chairman Wheeler's idea of a replacement is a vice chair of the Democratic Party. With a crucial vote coming up on the re-zoning of the Rural Crescent, appointing someone with such an obvious political tilt is an insult to all of the people of Prince William County

wawright

I ask anyone with a basic education to connect the dots between these two quotes from the article:

• “Taylor is the third Prince William County planning commissioner to resign in the last four months.”

• His replacement “is a former K-12 schoolteacher and vice chair of the Prince William County Democratic Committee. “

It is obvious what is going on here. With the County preparing to decide on significant changes in land use policy, our tone-deaf Board of County Supervisors decides that this is the optimum time to replace seasoned Commissioners with inexperienced novices.

Why even bother to keep up appearances by installing an actual human being? It would be far more efficient for Chair-at large Wheeler to just install a robot, pre-programmed to vote as desired.

I implore Chairman Taylor to resist being “hustled out” and resolve to stay in place until the critical issues before the Planning Commission can be resolved in a thoughtful manner.

As for Chair-at large Wheeler, this is just another “accomplishment” in an increasingly dreadful record.

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