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

 

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 →

Citizens’ Envision Loudoun public input summary

Members of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition have read and carefully categorized all of the public comments from the first series of Envision Loudoun public input sessions. Read the summary here. Please continue to push your supervisors to support the vision that CITIZENS have articulated. County planners (who are writing the plan) continue to state that thousands of new homes are “needed” in the Transition Area; citizens instead support housing growth along the Silver Line metro stations. Please Read More →

Rural roads maintenance and reporting programs

In each of the past several years, to catch up from years of neglect, VDOT committed to a program of intense rehabilitation of a selected group of the most problematic gravel roads in Loudoun County.  They named the specific gravel roads to be rehabilitated, and each road got an intense makeover in a short period of time–including brush and tree trimming, ditch and culvert cleaning and rehabilitation, grading, graveling, rolling, and application of dust suppression materials. This has allowed the Read More →

County Transportation Summit set for June 29

The Board of Supervisors will hold a Transportation Summit at 5 p.m. June 29 in the Board Room of the County Government Center in Leesburg. Board members will discuss the progress the county is making toward one of the Board’s strategic goals: to develop a safe, affordable and effective transportation network that serves the community. The Board will hear updates on current road projects, the construction of Phase 2 of the Metrorail Silver Line in Loudoun, and proposed updates to Read More →

Citizens launch Envision Loudoun app

Have a few moments when you are waiting for something to happen to glance at your phone and find out what you can do to improve Loudoun’s Future? Citizens in the group Transition Area Alliance have launched a free app, Save Loudoun, that helps citizens navigate through the county’s comprehensive plan update process, with the goal of helping citizens ensure that their voices are heard above all other interests. The app is simple, readable, and guides citizens through the process Read More →

Attend Envision Loudoun public input sessions in June

The second opportunity for citizens to shape Loudoun County’s Comprehensive Plan for its next 25 years commences on June 5. 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. PLEASE invest some time in shaping your county’s future, to make sure the plan is specific enough to preserve what we love and improve what we don’t. Download this flyer for Read More →

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

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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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