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


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 →

Board of Supervisors defers Rural Uses vote to Nov. 1

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall, citing the need for more public outreach on the issue, tabled  the motion to approve a range of new uses for properties in easement proposed by the Zoning Ordinance Action Group at the Board’s October 20 meeting. The proposal will come before the Board on November 1. The new uses were rejected by the Planning Commission in April, but were presented to the BOS Transportation and Land Use Committee early this fall, Read More →

Board of Supervisors poised to vote on new uses for rural easements

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space easement as a condition of the approval for construction of the development), be on notice that those quiet natural or agricultural areas may cease to be so after a vote of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors this Thursday, October 20. The Board will be voting again on permitting 18 new Read More →

Make your voice heard on Loudoun noise ordinance!

Should Loudoun County allow a noise level more than 20 times as high as that of New York City? The Board of Supervisors will vote Thursday, October 20, on a new noise ordinance for the county. The current proposal before the board is to increase the permitted noise level by moving the measurement of the noise from the location of the noise-maker (the “emitter”) to the property line of adjacent property owners (the “receiver”). Loudoun County’s current noise ordinance is Read More →

Coalition sends BOS findings on AT&T Short Hill proposal

The Short Hill Committee of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition on June 20 sent forward a memorandum to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors urging the overrule of the Planning Commission’s approval of the Commission Permit to allow AT&T to build a 35-foot-tall, 160,000-square-foot structure on the ridge of the Short Hill Mountain. (See the memorandum here.) Al Van Huyck, Chair of the Committee and Coalition, commended AT&T for suspending its application, but went on to say, “regardless, Read More →

30 new permitted uses proposed for eased open space

A new Zoning Ordinance Amendment (ZOAM) proposed by the Zoning Ordinance Action Group would add 30 permitted uses to land currently under open space easements, add permitted uses to historic districts, reduce setbacks for associated structures, and loosen other development rules for rural areas. Effects of the proposed changes are complicated; they will impact many rural zoning districts.  Al Van Huyck, chair of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition, lists some topics of concern: 1. The addition of more than 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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