In this email:
1. Critical public hearings on Feb. 9 & 11
of the proposed zoning changes
3. Speak out on Loudoun Power Line Proposal
Critical Public Hearings Feb. 9 & 11
Please join us in defending
rural Loudoun at public hearings on February 9 and 11. Please plan to
attend or submit
comments in support of the proposed zoning changes. Whether you live
in Ashburn, South Riding, Sterling, or Lovettsville - what happens in rural Loudoun
affects us all. Find out how
Loudoun's rural zoning impacts the county's economic development.
Board of Supervisors is reviewing changes to Loudoun's rural zoning that would
reduce the number of new houses allowed from 45,876 to 13,936. Compared
to the current zoning, 1 house per 3 acres, the proposed changes are a much better
option for Loudoun County.
Reducing the number of
new houses in rural Loudoun will:
- Prevent our roads from
being completely clogged with new east-west commuter traffic.
- Protect an important revenue
stream for the county. Loudoun's rural economy is a net generator of income
to the county treasury.
- Save taxpayer dollars:
every 3 acres maintained as rural/agricultural land in Loudoun saves citizens,
both suburban and rural, more than $6,000/year.
- Free more money for needed
infrastructure improvements in eastern Loudoun.
- Maintain Loudoun's rural
landscape, important for recreation, tourism, the environment, and historical
on the proposed changes, please be sure to:
- Urge the adoption of these
changes as quickly as possible;
- Mention that the proposed
changes are better than the current zoning because they will reduce the number
of new houses built in rural Loudoun;
- Thank the Supervisors
and Planning Commission for moving forward with these changes; and,
- Mention what community
you live in.
If you care about our taxes,
traffic, and our quality of life.....it's critical that you speak
Overview of the Proposed Zoning Changes
The proposed changes would reduce the number of new houses allowed in rural Loudoun
to 13,936. Compared to the current zoning, which allows 45,876 new houses,
the proposed changes are a much better option for Loudoun County.
The proposed zoning changes
impacts an area of 230,000 acres that stretches from east of Route 15 to the Blue
Ridge Mountains, from the Potomac River south to the Prince William County line.
(See the county's
map; available as a PDF file from the county website. Also see
our map, which includes roads)
Current zoning, A-3:
1 house per 3 acres.
Would allow up to 47,876 new houses in rural Loudoun. Rural businesses are
Proposed new zoning: Essentially 1 house per 10 or 20 acres.
Would allow up to 13,936 new houses in rural Loudoun. Rural businesses gain
some important protection.
does rural Loudoun matter to the entire county?
Growth Plan Outlines for Rural Areas
What is Loudoun's
For greater detail, please
reference these documents, compiled by the Piedmont Environmental Council.
The files will open as Word documents.
of Proposed Zoning Changes
Options with Proposed Zoning Changes
Speak Out on the Loudoun Power Line Proposal
Virginia Power (DVP) is planning to build an above-ground, high voltage transmission
line from Leesburg to Hamilton. The power line has the potential to harm
some of Loudoun's most beloved public spaces, including the W&OD Trail and
Please take a few moments
comments online to the State Corporation Council (SCC) and urge them to order
DVP to bury the power line underground. To submit comments, scroll down
to case number PUE2005-00018 and follow the instructions.