The Chesterfield News-Journal in 1980 interviewed Harry G. Daniel, then the Supervisor for the Dale Magisterial District. Daniel, who held monthly meetings with his constituents, was asked about the most prominent issue in his district at the time.
“I believe our citizens identify areas where their supervisor can offer some assistance to problem solving.”
On growth Daniel said Chesterfield was one of the fastest growing counties in Virginia. “It has gone from rural to metropolitan… growth must be sustained by bringing a balance of good, strong business into the county in order to relieve the burden on homeowners to finance schools and government. In other words, if you’re growing in only home construction, you will create an extreme unbalance in the tax structure, which puts a greater strain on the homeowner.”
The News-Journal asked Daniel about opposition to commercial development near residential areas.
“Plan 2000 has identified areas within the county over the next twenty years and has identified growth patterns… this is a planned community that includes a balance of single-family homes, multi-family homes and shopping centers. I believe as the county grows, we’ll be looking at more planned communities.”
What is the most pressing issue in the county at this time?
“We have a major problem with road service in Chesterfield County… funding… building of road has not kept up with growth, ” Daniel said.