Dear Friends - You are needed at tonight's rally! With apologies
for the last minute notice and for any duplicate emails, we ask that you
come TONIGHT at 5:30 PM to the County Government Center in Leesburg. Please
join us in standing up for Loudoun County!
Thank you for your support ~ The Campaign for Loudoun's Future
from the Campaign for Loudoun's Future
"The ruling essentially puts 80,000+ houses back on the planning
Supervisor Scott York, Chairman At-Large
Very Bad News for Loudoun Residents! Please read this message
carefully and ACT!!
The VA Supreme Court has
thrown out a large part of the regulations - put in place by the last Board of
Supervisors - to somewhat moderate the amount of housing growth in Loudoun.
Press Release from the Campaign]
This decision -- based on a technicality relating to the wording of the newspaper
notice in 2002 -- has huge implications. Though the ruling pertains to western
Loudoun, by adding 58-80,000 more houses -- all buildable "by right"
with no developer proffers allowed -- it would affect all of us. The area would
require enormous (unfunded) infrastructure (at least $2 billion) not including
up our taxes;
• Greatly increasing commuter traffic; and
• Causing increased competition for funds for
our schools and other vital services.
We urge you to read this whole message carefully, especially the important numbers
& analysis near the end regarding the impact on us.
you've ever thought about actively joining the fight for our quality of life,
now is the time.
Remedy is Simple
The Board can simply re-advertise (complying with Supreme Court) and
then re-enact the zoning.
Three Supervisors have requested that an action item be added to the agenda for
the next Board meeting on March 15, directing staff to begin the effort to re-advertise
and re-enact the AR-1 and AR-2 Zoning categories.
According to Supervisor Sally Kurtz, "Such a course of action is not only
the right thing to do, but it is also the prudent course to take."
At the end of this e-mail, we have included a message distributed by Supervisor
Scott York, who represents all of the citizens in Loudoun County, regarding this
You Can Do
critical that Eastern Loudoun speak up now on what has happened and what we want
our Supervisors to do.
1. Come to Tonight's Rally
citizens at a rally at 5:30pm on Tuesday March 8, at the County
Government Center in Leesburg. [directions]
We need speakers (contact us) from Eastern Loudoun and a BIG crowd!
The rally will end by 7or so. Please spread the word and bring your
spouses, neighbors, children of any age.
Contact the Board of Supervisors
Contact the Board of Su
and share your opinion on why it
is important to act on Supervisor Burton's and Supervisor Kurtz's
call to "Re-Advertise the Notice to the exact specifications
required by the Supreme Court, hold a joint Public Hearing with
the Planning Commission, and then vote to Re-Enact the Ordinances."
3. Write a Letter to the Editor
the Washington Post
Ask Questions, Share Your Ideas
or e-mail Andrea McGimsey at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the News:
Sprawl Limits Thrown Out
Richmond Times Dispatch, 03/04/05
Housing Limits Reversed
Washington Post, 03/04/05
Court Reversal Seen As Vindication, Damaging
Leesburg Today, 03/04/05
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Message from Chairman Scott York (who represents all of us)
I regret to inform you that
that the State Supreme Court reversed a Circuit Court ruling and upheld developer
lawsuits against the County with respect to the zoning ordinance which we adopted
in January 2003. In essence, the areas of Western Loudoun zoned AR-1 and AR-2
have been reverted back to the old zoning category A-3 (one house per three acres).
The ruling essentially puts 80,000+ houses back on the planning map.
The Court narrowly ruled
that because the public notice did not adequately describe "Western Loudoun"
that the public notice provided by the County was inadequate. Just to refresh
everyone's memory, during the course of the rezoning process we mailed out not
once, but twice letters to approximately 64,000 households (county-wide) regarding
the zoning changes. Furthermore, both the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors
held public hearings on this matter. Reams of materials were made available in
hard copy and on the internet. Newspaper notices were placed as well.
Quite frankly, I am perplexed
that the Court can come to this decision based upon all of the efforts that I
I urge my colleagues on
the Board of Supervisors to take the steps necessary to restore the AR-1 and AR-2
zoning categories as soon as possible.
It is clear to me that based
upon this decision we can expect developers descending on the County with applications
to subdivide parcels in Western Loudoun for more intense development. Loudoun
residents, regardless of an eastern or western address, can barely deal with the
development approved in the past and the negative impacts it has had on our roads,
schools and taxes. This can only exacerbate the problem.
I pledge to keep you informed
as always as more information comes to light.
I ask for your prayers for
strength as we address this very critical issue.
Scott York, Board Chairman