Proposal for 160,000 sqare foot building on Short Hill Mountain

On the agenda for the Tuesday, April 26, Planning Commission hearing is a project with huge implications for our mountains and rural Loudoun. It is about approval of a Commission Permit for a telecom 160,000 sq ft building, 35 feet high and 433 long, with generators and air coolers on the ridgeline of the Short Hill Mountain, at the old AT&T site.

There are many concerns about this proposed industrial use in the rural area. Comments presented by LCPCC Chair Al Van Huyck at the hearing can be read here. Public comment on AT&T application 4-26-16


Supervisors vote to approve ‘Envision’ Vision and Goals

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the Envision Loudoun Vision and Goals statement at its May 18 business meeting. You can read the updated document here. An article published May 19 in the Loudoun Times-Mirror on the vote notes that Supervisors opted to remove area-specific language in the vision statement (“rural, suburban, urban, transition area”)–language encouraged by citizens concerned about encroaching development pressure–and substituted more general language in the final statement: “Loudoun County continues to flourish as Read More →

Coalition challenges validity of housing needs study

The Coalition’s Comprehensive Plan update committee has challenged the validity of the housing needs study submitted to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in a letter to the board May 2. “The Housing Needs Assessment prepared by George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis et al. (February 2017) is not a valid foundation for setting housing policies for the New Comprehensive Plan,” states the letter. You can read the letter here. LCPCC on GMU-CRA housing study

Coalition creates Envision Loudoun public comments database

The Coalition has requested and received the complete public comments on the future of Loudoun that citizens provided in late 2016 and early this year, and will be conducting a full analysis of the many public comments contained in the now-accessible database. We have read through them all (nearly 4,800), and have some early observations: (1) Housing and growth is a major issue – many call for more controlled growth, more quality control on new projects, more urban style housing Read More →

VDOT releases list of rural roads due for ‘enhanced maintenance’

The Coalition’s Rural Roads subcommittee reports that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has confirmed the 2017 list of unpaved roads set for restoration this spring and summer in this year’s enhanced care program. VDOT will trim brush and intrusive tree branches, clean up banks, restore and clean culverts and ditches, regrade the roads, apply new gravel, roll the gravel, and apply dust suppressant as needed. Routine maintenance will continue to be applied to the balance of the roads. In Read More →

John G. Lewis Memorial Bridge design meeting set for April 19

The next meeting on the rehabilitation of the historic John G. Lewis Memorial Bridge, which spans Catoctin Creek on Featherbed Lane, takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Old School Auditorium in Waterford. At this meeting citizens will be able to view design specifics the bride repair, such as a single versus double pier; other design details will be shown and discussed. VDOT start also will discuss the still-underway hydrology study. The funding for the Read More →

Envision Loudoun “Foundations” report, input summary released

The Loudoun County planning department has released document representing the first phase of the Comprehensive Plan Update now underway. The Envision Loudoun Foundations Report is a characterization by the planning department of current issues in Loudoun that the plan update should consider. The Comp Plan Stakeholders Committee received the plan just prior to its February 21, 2017, meeting, along with a summary of comments provided by citizens at the public input sessions in late 2016 and early 2017, in an Read More →

Feds announce vast Balls Bluff Battlefield expansion

On January 11 Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that she has approved expansion of the Balls Bluff Battlefield National Historic Landmark from its current 76 acres near Leesburg to include more than 3,300 acres of pristine riverfront land on both sides of the Potomac River and including Harrison Island, Maryland. The approval of this distinct and high honor recognizes both the significant events which occurred here in late 1861 and the beauty of this well-preserved stretch of the Read More →

Envision Loudoun invites online citizen input

Citizens wishing to have their views on the revision of the county’s comprehensive plan may now provide input online, Envision Loudoun staff have announced. From the press release: “The development of a community vision for Loudoun County’s new comprehensive plan, initiated at the Envision Loudoun Listening & Learning Workshops, continues online. “Interactive comment and mapping exercises available at mirror those completed by more than 900 people who attended the series of workshops held throughout the county in November and Read More →

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  1. David Dickinson says:

    I would like to join the “Transition Area Alliance.” How do I join? Where and when do you meet?

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