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Dark-Sky association seeks better LED legislation in Virginia

In the 2016 and 2017 General Assembly sessions, Delegate John Bell (Loudoun-87th district) introduced legislation to require Light Emitting Diode (LED) outdoor lighting for all state government entities (the bills did not advance to a full House of Delegates vote either year). While the commitment to energy efficiency is laudable, the proposed legislation failed to incorporate necessary criteria for responsible outdoor lighting in order to prevent the harmful safety, aesthetic, and environmental impacts of low quality LED. The Virginia chapter Read More →

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Comprehensive Plan Update

Loudoun County’s update of its General Plan has begun; it’s vital that citizens have a seat at the table as the primary stakeholders in the revision process. The final document will affect all aspects of our daily lives for the next decade: our commutes, our neighborhoods, our schools, our leisure time—in short, our quality of life. The Coalition has been named as a stakeholder in the plan update; sign up here to receive occasional updates; also check our Comp Plan Read More →

Rural Roads and Bridges

The Rural Roads Committee has worked for the past several years to increase the repair and maintenance priority of unpaved rural roads through state legislation and consultation with VDOT. When historic bridges need major repair or replacement, it works with VDOT to ensure that the work is compatible with a rural setting.

Conservation Easements

The Conservation Easement Committee has worked closely with Loudoun County staff to institute a stewardship program for county-held conservation easements. This work continues with new initiative.

Green Infrastructure

The Coalition monitors environmental issues in Loudoun that underpin healthy ecological systems, such as the Limestone Overlay District ordinance, water quality, and floodplain and steep slopes regulations. The Coalition monitors development applications to ensure the environmental issues are considered, including tree save and animal and bird habitat.

Heritage Preservation

The Coalition was instrumental in creating the Loudoun County Heritage Plan and the Heritage Commission and the preservation of the Phase 1 Archeological Survey. And responds to threats to individual buildings or sites of importance.

 
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