Mark Your Calendar!
There are several community meetings and public hearings
in the next two weeks. We hope you will join us for these important events.
In this update:
1. Thurs, May 5: Route 50 Area Community Mtg
2. Tues, May 10: Phil Bolen Park Hearing
3. Wed, May 11: Tri-County Pkwy Hearing
4. Supervisor Jim Burton Wants Your Comments re: Western Zoning
50 Area Community Meeting
Thursday, May 5th at 7:30 PM
View the invitation
A local citizens group, Citizens to Save the Transition Area, is sponsoring a
community meeting this Thursday, May 5th at 7:30 PM . Participants will
discuss developer proposals to build up to 22,000 houses along Route 50.
The invitation reads:
"You are invited to
attend a community meeting about the proposed zoning changes that would allow
as many as 22,000 new homes to be built along Route 50 between Watson Road and
Gum Spring Road. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 5th, at 7:30 p.m. at
Elementary School on Meetinghouse Road.
Ed Gorski, Loudoun County Land Use Officer for the Piedmont Environmental Council,
will offer a fact-filled presentation of the six Dulles South CPAMs currently
under review by the Planning Commission, followed by a question and answer session.
He has 29 years of planning experience including a long career working for Loudoun
The county has not provided
residents with the information they need to voice their concerns at the public
input sessions. Come learn the facts and the impact that these sizable developments
will have on your quality of life. This meeting is organized by the Citizens to
Save the Transition Area."
2. Phil Bolen
Park Public Hearing
May 10th at 7:30 PM
The Leesburg Town Council will hold a public hearing on Phil
Bolen Park (SE of Leesburg), a piece of land slated to become a park and also
the subject of a developer proposal (Creekside)
to build more than 4,000 houses. The Town Council is working with the Loudoun
County Board of Supervisors to address this proposal.
Phil Bolen Park was supported
by the taxpayers in 2001, when 62% of citizens voted to fund the construction
of park facilities in the referendum. The developer, Creekside LLC, wants
permission to build houses on county park land, Phil Bolen Park (SE of Leesburg).
In return, the company would give the county parkland south of the current site
along Goose Creek.
Here's how to support Phil
1. Attend the public hearing
and tell the Town officials:
--We need Phil Bolen Park now, not more houses!
--More than 60% of the citizens voted to build Bolen Park at this location –
it is time for the County to heed the voter’s voice!
You Can Do
Tell VDOT to
help commuters, not developers!
the Tri-County Parkway and the Manassas Battlefield Bypass studies have reached
critical decision-making points.
Read more; take action
2. Want a community meeting in your neighborhood?
Citizens from around Loudoun are
organizing community meetings in their neighborhoods.
Interested in organizing a meeting near
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How Fast is Loudoun Really Growing?
you believe that Loudoun is being burdened with almost 25%
of Virginia’s growth each year?
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In the News:
Impose Social Divide
By Washington Post, 5/1/2005
Push for Land-Swap Plan
By Washington Post, 5/1/2005
Numbers: What's the Housing Count in Western Loudoun?
By Loudoun Times Mirror, 4/26/2005
Debate Heats Up
By Loudoun Times Mirror, 4/26/2005
County of Theatrics, Parody Set the Stage for a Battle in Court
By Washington Post, 4/25/2005
2. If you cannot attend
the public hearing, send an email to the Town Council and let them know of your
support to build Bolen Park now. The entire Council can be emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkway Public Hearing
Wednesday, May 11th, 5:00-8:00 PM (come anytime)
Say NO to an Outer Beltway in Loudoun! Officials are considering
the construction of two new 4/6-lane highways through the Dulles South
area of Loudoun County–the Tri-County Parkway and the Manassas Battlefield
Bypass. While you sit in horrendous traffic on Route 50, I-66, and the Greenway,
officials are spending millions studying these north-south highways that
would bring more traffic into our community, not less.
In fact, one possible
route runs right through land owned by developers—where the developers want
to build up to 22,000 new houses. If that route is approved
for the Battlefield Bypass and the Tri-County Parkway, it would be almost impossible
to stop those massive development proposals.
Sound familiar? In the
past several years, developers have pushed for various pieces of an outer beltway
project including the Western Transportation
Corridor (WTC), the Tri-County Parkway, and the Manassas Battlefield Bypass.
Your voice will
make the difference.
1.) Submit comments on the Tri-County
Parkway and the Battlefield
the public hearing on Wednesday, May 11 (come
anytime between 5:00-8:00 PM)
Fairfax and Prince William
residents are organized with the message “push the highways west,”
and without Loudoun voices, that could become reality. Please also deliver the
“No Outer Beltways” message to the Battlefield Bypass study—the
current preferred route would make construction of the Tri-County Parkway much
4. Message from
Supervisor Jim Burton
Jim Burton (Blue Ridge District) wants to hear from Loudoun citizens about
the rural zoning! Read below for more information and please email
Supervisor Burton your thoughts.
On Thursday, May 5th at 6:30 pm the Board will hold its first special session
to discuss the future of the Western zoning. My position has been that 20- and
50-acre zoning (with 10- and 20-acre clustering) makes the most sense for the
County in terms of County finances, roads and traffic, education, groundwater,
and the viability of the rural economy. So far, I have been unwilling to consider
a reduction of these numbers.
I spent three years studying, debating and arguing various densities for the West.
The result of those three years of study, debate, and argument was the AR-1 and
AR-2 zoning the prior Board instituted within the Revised Comp Plan and Zoning
Ordinances. I still believe this is the best zoning.
My question for all of you however is how firm I should stand on this position.
If a compromise density between 3-acre zoning and 20-/50-acre zoning were offered,
should I accept it? If so, what is the minimum density, that you, my constituents,
would find acceptable?
I will continue working for 20-/50- acre zoning as long as I know that you support
me in that effort. However, if you think my efforts would be better spent seeking
out a compromise position acceptable to four other supervisors, then I will pursue
such a strategy over the next few meetings.
I hope that all of you will take some time to respond to this email with your
own thoughts. And, I hope you will pass this email on to your friends in the Blue
Ridge District, so that I can hear from the maximum number of residents. A response
prior to the May 5th meeting would be particularly helpful.
Supervisor, Blue Ridge District
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