Planning Commission Approves Plan for 33,821 New Houses
Loudoun Planning Commission voted to recommend the Transition
Area CPAM (formerly called the Dulles South CPAM). This
massive change to our county's growth plan would allow 33,821
new houses to be built in the Transition Area, which stretches
from the Prince William county line up to Ashburn. Developers
have already submitted rezoning applications to build 19,000 of
these residential units.
Planning Commission voted despite the fact that county analysis
was released to the public only
one business day before the public hearing. It
is fair to expect citizens to review the analysis and give meaningful
comment on the CPAM within one business day?
county also did not do a traffic impact analysis of 33,821 houses,
despite serious concerns raised by the state about the impact on
Rt. 50, the Greenway, and local roads such as Braddock.
date for the Board of Supervisors' public hearing has been set for
Tuesday, October 10. We'll let you know as soon as the date is confirmed.
Route 50/Arcola CPAM
Public Hearing on Monday
Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on
Area/Route 50 Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM), which is
intended to promote the development of retail and business uses
for existing and future residents in the Dulles South area. If you
can't attend but would like to comment, please email
the Board of Supervisors.
Hearing with the Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 PM
Forthcoming on Revamping Arcola Area
thes proposed changes include:
of industrial and airport-related business, while increasing
residential and retail uses, will cost taxpayers.
retail is already zoned for the area and is awaiting
customers from the 11,000 new houses already in the pipeline.
Loudoun County commissioned a retail study for the Route 50 corridor,
which indicates there is enough planned retail to serve zoned
houses through 2030.
new houses along Route 50 doesn't make sense when more
than 11,000 new houses are already approved but not yet built
in the Dulles Community. How much longer will our commutes be?
How high will our taxes go?
Zoning Update from Supervisor Jim Burton
is my unfortunate duty to have to share with you one of the great
disappointments in my career as your representative. Despite continued
verbal commitments to vote for the Clem-Burton plan as late as last
Friday afternoon, we were two votes short of the six promised. As
a result, the Clem-Burton plan failed. I consider this a betrayal
of me personally, of the public process, and of all the Loudoun
citizens, east and west, who rallied round this plan again and again
Clem, Tulloch, Staton, Snow, and Delgaudio voted to pass a substitute
plan made by Supervisor Staton for which there has been neither
advertisement nor public hearing. Mr. Staton's plan was only revealed
to us after lunch at Tuesday's Board meeting. His plan, in essence,
doubled the cluster density in the AR-1 district and also increased
cluster density in AR-2, resulting in more than 4,000 additional
units over and above the Clem-Burton plan. (Mr. Staton's plan was
so hastily pulled together, that his original density calculations
were incorrect by more than 3,000 units and had to be corrected
in a third version this evening.)
This new five-person
majority planned to take this action in complete disregard of the
County Attorney's advice Tuesday that this higher than advertised
density plan would never stand up in court and in spite of being
aware of the language of the Virginia Code which prohibits zoning
"to a more intensive use classification than was contained
in the public notice without an additional public hearing"
(Code §15.2-2285.C). I believed this would be an illegal vote
and I said so. I believed that those landowners who failed to vest
prior to tonight's vote would sue, would win at the circuit court,
and would be vested as a result, and we would still be faced with
at least another three months of A-3 limbo as we proceeded through
the public process yet again. This would have left us right where
we were 18 months ago -- at A-3 zoning.
Given the illegal
nature of the vote, I could not support it. I then proposed that
the Board undertake the necessary legal process. I do recognize
that this will delay a vote for another three months and allow more
A-3 applications to vest. However, I believe that such a delay will
at least allow what was passed -- which is lower density than A-3,
but not as low as Clem-Burton -- to stand up in court.
There was one
bright spot. Six supervisors -- Chairman York and Supervisors Clem,
Tulloch, Waters, Kurtz, and I -- voted down an effort by Supervisor
Snow to implement a lenient grandfathering clause.
I am deeply
disappointed in my colleagues who made promises to me and to the
citizens of Loudoun that they supported the Clem-Burton plan and
then voted against it. I am deeply disappointed in my colleagues
who chose to delay and delay a vote on the Clem-Burton plan and
then to submit and support a last minute alternative now rather
than at the appropriate point in the process a year, or even six
months, ago. I am deeply disappointed in my colleagues who have
once again betrayed the trust of Loudoun voters. At this point I
am considering what possible alternatives might exist, if any. If
there are actions I can take, I will most certainly take them.
I want to thank the hundreds of citizens who have called and written
the Board in support of the Clem-Burton plan -- over the last year
the emails ran 15-1 for the plan. I want to thank the hundreds of
citizens who turned out again and again for public hearing after
public hearing in support of the Clem-Burton plan. For those of
you whom I represent in the Blue Ridge District, I am honored and
proud to represent you. You are a truly committed community. For
those of you outside my district, I am honored and proud to share
residence in Loudoun County with you. Ultimately, I believe we will
find a way to make our vision for the County a reality.
Supervisor, Blue Ridge District
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