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 more information; and click above on the “Resources for the Public” page of our website to access more resources. Here are the input session dates:

Monday, June 5, 7 p.m.: Harper Park MS at 701 Potomac Station Drive, Leesburg

Wednesday, June 7, 7 p.m.: Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling

Monday, June 12, 7 p.m.: Broad Run HS, 21670 Ashburn Road, Ashburn

Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.: Harmony MS, 38174 W. Colonial Highway, Hamilton

Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m.: Mercer HS, 42149 Greenstone Drive, Aldie

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m., meeting starts at 7 p.m., except at the June 13 session at Harmony MS which begins at 7:30 p.m.

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 →

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 →

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