Water and the Transition Area at risk -- again
are pushing for thousands of houses in the Transition
-- this time through piecemeal proposals instead of one
big CPAM (remember the 34,000 houses?).
know what they're doing,
and we need to support
our leaders in stopping
the very first proposal. Send
an email to the Board of Supervisors and attend the public
hearing on Thursday, February 15, at 6:30 PM.
Why are we so concerned?
The developer, Hobie Mitchell, wants to build 1,946 houses in area that is currently
planned for only 63 houses -- that's a 3,000% increase! This proposal
brings up all the issues we've talked about -- higher
taxes, way too
much traffic, upzoning the Transition Area -- but this one also threatens Ashburn's
Ashburn's drinking water
1,946 houses in Ridgewater Park would
be on land right
above the drinking water intake for Ashburn in
the Goose Creek resevoir. Right
now, only one house per 10 acres is allowed on this environmentally
staff told the Planning Commission that our
drinking water is at risk, because there is no chance for toxic
chemicals, bacteria, and other pollutants to be diluted before
they go right into the water intake. (See
the webcast from 1/22/07.) Yet the Planning
Commission fast-tracked the proposal, recommending it for approval,
and sent it to the Board of Supervisors.
see pictures about why this development threatens our drinking
Protect Loudoun commuters
Ridgewater Park development, in an area with few jobs and little
infrastructure, would add 42,000 daily car trips to the Greenway,
Route 7, and local roads in Leesburg and Ashburn.
Say no to higher taxes
The $70 million
in capital costs for Ridgewater Park would mostly be paid by
Loudoun taxpayers -- and we would be stuck with all of the operating
costs, like teacher salaries.
If the Board
of Supervisors continues to upzone land like this, we can expect
bond referendums and tax increases for many more years to come.
Park would set a dangerous precedent for the whole Transition
Area. It would pave the way for current proposals
by Greenvest, Toll Brothers, and other developers to build
over 19,000 houses in the southern part of the Transition Area.
And if the
Transition Area goes suburban, it could hold 60,000 to 80,000
houses -- in an area with little infrastructure and almost no
jobs. Just think what Waxpool, Rt. 7, and the Greenway
would be like then. And our taxes will continue to climb.