December 13th, Stafford Lakes LP (also known as K&M Properties) submitted a by-right development plan for 646 houses on 2,536 acres on the Crow’s Nest peninsula. (By-right means that the developer is entitled to approval of the plan as long as the developer complies with every aspect of the subdivision, zoning and other County ordinances.)… Read More


On Thursday, December 2, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Control Board approved Stafford County’s application for a low-interest conservation loan in the amount of $30 million to purchase all of the properties on the Crow’s Nest peninsula owned by Stafford Lakes LP (also known as K&M Properties). Now it’s up to the Board… Read More


On election day, November 2, 2004, members of “Save Crow’s Nest” distributed flyers reminding folks that preserving Crow’s Nest is a non-partisan issue.   The content of that flyer–current at the time–is reproduced below (in a different format).  Finally, something everyone can agree on! Saving Crow’s Nest Saves Taxpayer Dollars 4,000 houses could be built on Crow’s… Read More


On June 18, 2004, the Defenders of Wildlife, a national organization that specializes in the protection of habitat for endangered species, notified key parties that it considers residential development of the Crow’s Nest peninsula a violation of the Endangered Species Act and a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The move signaled national recognition… Read More


On March 2, 2004, speakers from Save Crow’s Nest, including students from the Environmental Club at Colonial Forge High School, continued to call upon the Board of Supervisors to act to prevent development of the peninsula.  In particular, some speakers called upon the Board to hold a special bond referendum to fund the purchase and… Read More


On January 26, 2004, Save Crow’s Nest launched its web site (savecrowsnest.org), which looked like this at the time: The site has evolved over the years, receiving a total overhaul in 2015 when this post was written. Whatever form it took, the site was always an important source of information for citizens concerned about preserving… Read More


“Refuge Proposal Dies.”  That startling headline appeared on the January 9, 2004 front page of The Free Lance-Star.  (See story.)  For most people, it was the first time they heard that K&M Properties, the largest landowner on the peninsula, had broken off negotiations with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Trust for… Read More