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Public Hearing on Rt 50 Corridor
On Monday, April
17, the Planning Commission will hear citizen comments on the Route 50/Arcola
The CPAM proposes significant
changes to the growth plan for the Dulles Community/Route 50 corridor, specifically
the area from the Fairfax County border that stretches west past Gum Spring/Belmont
Ridge Road. A
map is available on page 4 of the county report (PDF file).
It's critical that the
Planning Commission hear from all residents of Loudoun County, especially those
citizens who live in South Riding, Stone Ridge, Brambleton, and other neighborhoods
along Route 50. If approved, these changes will affect all of us.
17, 6:30 PM
In this alert:
1. Overview of the proposed changes
2. More details
1. Overview of the proposed changes
The CPAM proposal, based on recommendations from a developer-led
taskforce, would have significant consequences for the Route 50 area and the
entire county. If approved, these changes would:
- Add 3,890 new houses
along Route 50, part of the Dulles Community that is only about 46% built
out -- more than 10,000 new houses are approved but not yet built. How much
longer will our commutes be? How high will our taxes go?
- Implement a fragmented
planning process that unfairly impacts county residents. By looking
at only a part of the Route 50 corridor in isolation, impacts of the proposed
changes on surrounding communities were not considered (for example, the number
of new residents that would drive through Ashburn to commute to work).
- Negatively impact the
There is already more than adequate residential and retail development planned
for the area. Adding even more could limit industrial and airport-related
businesses and cost taxpayers for the necessary infrastructure.
If you pay Loudoun County
taxes, sit in Loudoun County traffic, and have children in Loudoun County schools,
these changes will impact you regardless of where you live. Please
speak up, and be sure to provide your name and address.
Attend Monday's Public Hearing
Monday, April 17, 6:30
Speaker sign up begins
30 minutes prior to the hearings and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You will have 2-3 minutes to speak. We suggest preparing your statement
in advance; bring several copies to submit in case you don't get to speak.
your comments to the Planning Commission.
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2. More Details
Adding 3,890 new houses to this part of Route 50 would:
- Add over three times the
students to our already overburdened schools^,
- Come with a price tag
of an anticipated $101 million in capital costs^, and
- Further increase Route
50 traffic congestion -- need we say more?
The proposed changes to
the growth plan would also:
- Add five times the amount
of retail development than is currently planned for. A study commissioned
by the county shows that currently zoned retail space will more than meet the
needs of the area through 2030. Of the retail development currently planned
for, only 26% has been built.*
- Improve the look of the
"Route 50 Gateway to Loudoun." However, these aesthetic and landscape
improvements can be made without adding new houses and retail development.
^County Staff Report for
CPAM 2005-0007, Arcola Area/Route 50 CPAM
*Loudoun County 2004 Growth Summary. The retail development analysis was
prepared for the county by Basile, Baumann, Prost, and Associates, Inc.
For more information:
staff report for the public hearing (PDF file)
information on the Route 50/Arcola area
on the Route 50 Taskforce
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