UPDATE from the Campaign for Loudoun's Future

Say NO to 22,000 New Houses on Route 50!

Two public input sessions on the future of Loudoun and the Transition Area

In this alert:
1 . Your Chance to Speak Out on Growth Plans
2 .How Fast is Loudoun Really Growing?
3 . Background on the Dulles South CPAMs
4 . 22,000 New Houses: Crunching the Numbers

1. Your Chance to Speak Out
Two public input sessions are scheduled on growth plans for Loudoun's Transition Area, which stretches from Leesburg to South Riding, roughly between Route 15 and Belmont Ridge Rd.

The growth plans include six developer-initiated proposals, collectively called the "Dulles South CPAMs", which would add up to 22,000 new houses in the Transition Area. One of proposals calls for 15,000 new houses alone.

Let the County Planning Commission know what you think! Your attendance at the public input sessions on March 30 and April 11 is critical. If you wish to speak (most likely you will be given a 2-minute slot), please come at 6:15 PM or earlier so you can sign up. Sign up begins at 6:30 and here will be a limit on the number of speakers.

Citizens have raised concerns about the limited time available to comment at these sessions. Come prepared to speak, but also bring your message on a sign!

We believe that these sessions should allow as much time as necessary for citizens to fully understand and discuss the impact on their families and communities. These proposed changes are massive, and our political leaders need to pay attention and act on citizens’ concerns. They were elected to look out for the best interest of their constituents, after all. It’s only fair.

2. How Fast is Loudoun Really Growing?

Would you believe that Loudoun is being burdened with almost 25% of Virginia’s growth each year? Take the Loudoun Growth Rate Quiz and find out how Loudoun’s growth compares to the DC metro area, Virginia, and the world.

3. Background on the Dulles South CPAMs

The Dulles South CPAMs are a group of 6 proposed developments that would bring up to 22,000 new houses to the Route 50 corridor. These new houses would be in addition to the 39,000 houses already approved by the county (but not yet built).

The Dulles South CPAMs include 6 developer-initiated proposals:

Greenvest: Up to 15,000 new houses
Rouse: Up to 1,863 new houses
Shockey: Up to 2,336 new houses
Braddock Village: Up to 146 new houses
Westport: Up to 1,730 new houses
Stone Ridge West: Up to 696 new houses

Citizens are very concerned about the impact of these new houses on their communities. Route 50 is already gridlocked with traffic, schools are too crowded, county services are often inadequate, and taxes are going up. Loudoun needs time to meet its current needs first before further straining precious public resources.

4. 22,000 New Houses: Crunching the Numbers

What exactly is the impact of 22,000 new houses? It means:

200,000 new daily car trips on our roads

About 58,000 new residents

Up to 11,904 new school-age children

Building 5 new elementary schools, 1 new middle school, and 1 new high school

Projected school construction costs of $207.8 million and an annual operating cost/deficit of approx. $97.8 million

373 new teachers must be hired

81 new paid fire & rescue personnel

126 new sheriff’s office personnel

of lost time with our families, countless hours spent in traffic, and lost worker productivity

Can Loudoun Really Afford this Growth?

Make your voice heard on
March 30 and April 11!

For more information, contact Ed Gorski at [email protected]. Sources:

Population Projections:
• Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Round 6.4 Cooperative Intermediate Forecasts
• Loudoun County Department of Economic Development

Pupil Generation Factors:
• Loudoun County Public Schools, Planning And Legislative Services

Persons Per Household:
• Loudoun County Department of Financial Services

Approved Residential Development As of January 1, 2004:
• Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, 2003 Annual Growth Summary

Loudoun County Non-School Related Budgetary Information:
• Loudoun County, Virginia Adopted Fiscal Plan-FY 2005

Loudoun County School Related Budgetary Information:
• Loudoun County Public Schools FY05 Appropriated Budgets



What You Can Do
The Future of the Transition Area is at Stake!

1. Attend the Public Input Sessions.
Come to BOTH sessions to make your voice heard!

Wed, March 30 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Mercer Middle School
(Off of Gum Spring Rd, just south of Route 50)

Mon, April 11 @ 7:00 PM
County Gov’t Center, Leesburg

2. Write a Letter to the Editor.
  • At the Washington Post and the
    Post's Loudoun Extra
At the local Loudoun Papers

4. Ask Questions, Share Your Ideas.
or e-mail Andrea McGimsey at [email protected]

In the News:

Many in Loudoun Strive to Keep a Sense of Balance
Marc Fisher for the Washington Post, 3/25/2005

Loudoun on Death Row
Loudoun Times-Mirror Editorial, 3/15/2005

Is Stafford Next After Loudoun?
The Free Lance-Star, 3/20/2005

Citizenry Speaks Up, Again
The Connection, 3/16/2005



Together, We Are Fighting to Protect the Quality of Life in Loudoun

Andrea McGimsey
Campaign for Loudoun's Future

mail to [email protected]

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