Senator Jeremy McPike Celebrates the Life of Peter Michael Dolan, Jr.

On February 11, 2021, the Virginia State Senate, at the behest of Sen. Jeremy McPike (Senate District 29), passed the following Resolution honoring our departed friend and brother, Peter M. Dolan. The Walsh Colucci family is grateful to the Senator, and indeed the entire Senate.

WHEREAS, Peter Michael Dolan, Jr., an accomplished attorney and beloved member of the Prince William County community, died on January 5, 2021; and

WHEREAS, Peter “Pete” Dolan graduated from Williston Northampton School in 1986 and Hamilton College in 1990 and worked briefly as a zoning administrator and land use planner early in his career; and

WHEREAS, Pete Dolan later earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School in 1996, serving as lead articles editor for the school’s law review and graduating cum laude; and

WHEREAS, Pete Dolan began his distinguished law career in Colorado and for the last 19 years had worked with Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley and Walsh, P.C., in Prince William County, where he was most recently a managing shareholder and leader of his firm’s land use and zoning practice group; Pete Dolan contributed greatly to the growth and development of Prince William County in recent years; and

WHEREAS, Pete Dolan’s extensive service in the community included roles as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce and as member of the Board of Directors for the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, the Board of Directors of the Boys& Girls Club Prince William County, and the Prince William Design and Construction Standards Manual (DCSM)/Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee; and

WHEREAS, Pete Dolan also gave generously of his time and talents as a guest lecturer at George Mason University, as a moderator at several industry events, and as a volunteer with myriad service and charitable organizations; and

WHEREAS, Pete Dolan will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by his loving wife of 26 years, Karen; his children, Katherine and Erin; his parents, Peter, Sr., and Carole; and numerous other family members and friends; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of Virginia hereby note with great sadness the loss of Peter Michael Dolan, Jr., an esteemed attorney from Manassas whose unwavering loyalty, integrity, and compassion for others was an inspiration to all who knew him; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Peter Michael Dolan, Jr., as an expression of the Senate of Virginia’s respect for his memory.

Recent Approvals in Prince William County

Learn about two recent approvals in Prince William County — a 56 executive-style home rezoning in the Brentsville Magisterial district, and a special use permit approval for the Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home.

Woodborne Preserve Rezoning

Pete Dolan and Jessica Pfeiffer worked with Equinox Investments on this rezoning from A-1, Agricultural, to SR-1, Semi-Rural Residential Cluster in the Brentsville Magisterial District. The rezoning allows for 56 homes to be constructed. The property, which is approximately 88 acres, is located along Thoroughfare Road between its intersections with Route 15 and Old Carolina Road. The proposal includes significant transportation improvements to Thoroughfare Road which, in parts, is a gravel road today. Other improvements which will prove to be a significant benefit to the community include a large conservation area encompassing nearly 40% of the site (34.2 acres), and more than a mile of trails and sidewalk connections both on-site and off-site. These amenities will continue the theme of environmental protection and public enjoyment along this western corridor of the County.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved the rezoning on February 12, 2019. Numerous adjacent property owners, community members and Thoroughfare Road residents spoke in support of the rezoning.

Mountcastle Turch Special Use Permit Approval

Jonelle Cameron and Marian Harders worked with Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. (“Mountcastle Turch”) to obtain a special use permit to add a crematory to their Occoquan Road facility in Prince William County. Mountcastle Turch has been in operation at their Occoquan Road facility since 1963. Mountcastle Turch also operates a facility on Dale Boulevard which has handled the cremation services for both locations. Until recently, the Applicant only needed one crematory for both locations. However, the crematory services portion of the business has increased in the last few years. In fact, cremation is currently over 40% of the business.

On January 22, 2019, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved the special use permit. Approval of this special use permit application at the Occoquan Road location will allow for the Applicant to not only stay relevant in the cremation business but, more importantly, allow the Applicant to continue providing cremation services in the Prince William community.

Prince William Office Obtains Approval for First D.C.-Area Cabela’s Location

Source: Peterson Companies/Cabela’s
Source: Peterson Companies/Cabela’s

Pete Dolan and Jessica Pfeiffer worked with Peterson Companies and Cabela’s — a major hunting, fishing, and sporting goods store — to obtain a successful rezoning and comprehensive plan amendment that will allow the first Cabela’s location in the D.C. area. This Cabela’s location, the company’s third in Virginia, will total approximately 79,000 square feet. The property, which is located on Wellington Branch Road just south of the Route 29/I-66 interchange, will be a redevelopment of the Betco Block Plant and an extension of Virginia Gateway. The rezoning (from heavy industrial to commercial) and comprehensive plan amendment (from industrial/transportation to regional commercial center) was approved by the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors on May 12, 2015.

Below are two links to media reports about the opening of Cabela’s. County officials and residents are excited for the store and the associated economic benefits.

Cabela’s to Open First D.C.-area Hunting Goods Store.

Cabela’s Expected to Open Gainesville Store in 2017.

Potomac Shores

Our client, SunCal, an experienced developer of master-planned and mixed-use communities, sought to obtain entitlements for Potomac Shores, one of the larger mixed-use developments in Northern Virginia.

SunCal sought our firm’s expertise in the entitlement process and knowledge of Prince William County’s zoning practices.

Walsh Colucci partners Mike Lubeley and Pete Dolan, along with Land Use Planner Susan Flanigan, worked hand-in-hand with Sun Cal and their development team on all aspects of this project, which resulted in a well-planned development that the stakeholders, County Staff, Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors supported.

The efforts of the Walsh Colucci team assisted SunCal in fulfilling their vision for Potomac Shores: an approximately 1,885 acre resort destination with up to 3,987 homes and 3.7 million square feet of commercial space, including a resort hotel, town center, marina, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, a Virginia Railway Express station and a substantive public and private amenity package. Highlights of the project include maintaining 45% of the site as natural open space, transportation solutions, 10 miles of natural trails and a section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail as part of the overall pedestrian network, elementary and middle school sites and approximately 55 acres for recreational fields, including two lighted artificial turf fields.


Potomac Shores Development