We have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, thanks to all of
you. Citizen action has made all the difference. Thank you for writing
emails to local officials and letters to the editor, speaking and holding signs
at public hearings, sharing information with your neighbors, and so much more.
You are the heart of the Campaign for Loudoun's Future.
In this email
1. Transportation & growth issues a key focus in election
2. Good news on Loudoun's rural zoning
3. Small victory on the Dulles South CPAM
4. Successful Election Day outreach effort
1. Talk Transportation with Gov-Elect Tim
Route 7 Traffic
Here's your chance to talk
to the Governor-Elect about transportation and growth issues. We're betting
that you have a lot to say!
Tim Kaine will hold a town
hall meeting, "Moving Virginia Forward," on Tuesday, November 29 at
6:30 PM -- the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The
meeting is for the Northern Virginia area and will be in Manassas at the Manassas
Airport Terminal (10400
Terminal Rd, Manassas). Depending on turnout, you may not have the chance
to speak, so bring a written message to hand in or a sign to hold up.
Governor-Elect Tim Kaine
has pledged to make transportation his first priority as Governor and to give
communities the tools they need to effectively manage growth. Kaine has
promised to “tackle our transportation problems through restoring trust
in the system and preventing runaway development from clogging up our roads and
ruining our beautiful landscapes.”
Read about Kaine's ideas
in the press:
Plan Worth a Look",
Sounds Slow-Growth Note in the Exurbs", Washington Post
2. Board Moving
Forward with Rural Zoning Issue
ago, the Board of Supervisors discussed options to change the county's current
rural zoning, 1 house per 3 acres, or A3 zoning, to allow fewer houses in western
The zoning changes could
mean a difference in the number of new
houses built in western Loudoun -- 45,876 vs. 13,936. That also means a huge
difference in our taxes!
Last week the Board voted
6-2-1 to further consider these changes and move the process forward. No
timeline has been adopted, but Chairman York suggested that a public hearing and
a Board vote be held in the first few months of 2006. The six voting to
forward the process were Burton, Clem, Kurtz, Tulloch, Waters, and York.
The Supervisors are moving
in the right direction; however, until the changes are officially adopted by the
County, A3 subdivisions will continue to be filed. Be sure to send
a quick email to the
Supervisors thanking them and urging them to move the process forward as quickly
3. A Small
Victory with the Dulles South CPAM
Last month the Board of Supervisors decided to delay their decision on
the Dulles South
CPAM*, which would allow up to 28,000 houses to built along Route 50 in the
Transition Area -- but it's still very much a looming threat.
What does this mean?
First of all, citizen pressure
was key to the delay. Thank you to those of you who contacted the Supervisors,
the Planning Commission, and the media. Keep it up!
Second, decisions are being
made now that will make it easier to approve the CPAM in the future. On
November 1, the Board of Supervisors gave their okay to the CDA^ proposal -- a
developer idea for a special tax district and a fiscally dangerous and risky endeavour
for the county. Read the Washington Post's coverage of the vote, "Board
Clears Financing Option for Developers."
We'll pass along news on
the Dulles South CPAM as it becomes available.
* CPAM = Comprehensive
^ CDA = Community Development Authority
Day Outreach a Huge Success!
Thanks to more than 140 volunteers, the Campaign for Loudoun's
Future had an incredible presence at Loudoun polling places on Election Day!
Many of you gave several hours - or even the entire day - to talk to fellow citizens
about growth issues in the county.
Our volunteers talked to
thousands of Loudoun citizens, handed out flyers, showed
a map, and signed people up for our email alerts.
A big thank you to all
of our Election Day volunteers!
Wishing you a
safe and happy Thanksgiving,
Campaign for Loudoun's Future