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
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
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.
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.
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:
Up to 15,000 new houses
Up to 1,863 new houses
Up to 2,336 new houses
Village: Up to 146 new houses
Up to 1,730 new houses
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.
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
58,000 new residents
11,904 new school-age children
5 new elementary schools, 1 new
middle school, and 1 new high school
school construction costs of $207.8 million and
an annual operating cost/deficit of approx. $97.8 million
new teachers must be hired
new paid fire & rescue personnel
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?
your voice heard on
March 30 and April 11!
more information, contact Ed Gorski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sources:
• Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Round 6.4
Cooperative Intermediate Forecasts
• Loudoun County Department of Economic Development
• Loudoun County Public Schools, Planning And Legislative
• Loudoun County Department of Financial Services
Development As of January 1, 2004:
• Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, 2003
Annual Growth Summary
Non-School Related Budgetary Information:
• Loudoun County, Virginia Adopted Fiscal Plan-FY 2005
School Related Budgetary Information:
• Loudoun County Public Schools FY05 Appropriated Budgets