election season in Loudoun -- and out of control growth
remains the top threat to the future of our home and our quality
of life. Our Board of Supervisors has the power to
determine the path Loudoun takes.
for Loudoun's Future calls on the Board of Supervisors
to meet our existing community needs and implement the vision
set forth by our Comprehensive Plan. It describes what we've
heard from so many of you and outlines how Loudoun can grow
in a sustainable way.
for Loudoun's Future doesn't endorse specific candidates, but
we hope you will use the platform as you talk to and consider
the candidates running for Board of Supervisors.
Platform for Loudoun's Future (pdf)
Initiatives for Smart Growth in Loudoun (pdf)
the Public’s Place
for our Community
of Loudon County are passionate in defense of our communities
and our environment. The
current quality of life and the future of the County are threatened
by unrelenting traffic, longer commutes, and inadequate public
services stemming from a pace of growth we cannot afford.
For the past
four years, Loudoun County has been the target of national developers
and their proposals for massive increases in residential development
beyond what our roads, schools and other community services can
handle. Ignoring the 2001 Comprehensive Plan, developers have tried
to add tens of thousands more houses to the more than 30,000 new
units already in the pipeline.
The 2001 plan
was developed in a multi-year, extensive public participation process,
with thousands of citizen volunteer hours spent to help think it
through. It lays out a more sustainable amount of growth. But
the implementation of community level plans and services has been
ignored while developer demands consumed County staff time and
us have fought back, seeking a say in the future of our home and
the way it is planned. We want adequate libraries, ball fields,
and schools for our children.
What do you want the Board of Supervisors to
a letter to the editor that focuses on the issues you want
candidates to address.
is most important to you? Ideas
include taxes, traffic, schools, safe drinking water, our
environment, and parks and recreation.
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Board of Supervisors determines the path Loudoun
takes, so your decisions come November are critical!
want to be surrounded by healthy ecosystems, which also provide
habitat for wildlife. We value the history, rural economy
and scenic beauty. We want the County to sustain our quality
of life and property values. From suburban to rural Loudoun,
we want the County to look out for the best interests of current
and future residents.
Vision and Platform
is fortunate to have smart, creative citizens who are ready to
be engaged in building a positive future. Continued public
involvement, greater transparency, and more rigorous fairness
in the planning of our community will ensure that the County
makes the best decisions for our shared future. Therefore,
we call on the Board of Supervisors to work with residents to
tackle the challenges left unmet during the past four years:
- Meet community
- Free us
from traffic gridlock.
- Have developers
pay their fair share.
- Make Loudoun
an energy conservation model.
the rural economy.
Loudoun’s natural heritage.
and celebrate Loudoun’s cultural heritage.
and implement the existing 2001 Comprehensive Plan.
1. Meet Community Needs
Loudoun County is diminished by too few recreational and nature
parks, recreation centers, constant school boundary changes, and
overwhelmed fire and rescue departments. The County must meet the
service needs of existing residents and the more than 30,000 new
houses that are already approved but not yet built.
the four community plans for suburban Loudoun using public
visualization and design tools. Involve the
community in the design process to identify valued environmental,
cultural and historic resources.
a master list of community needs and fund these needs based
upon levels of service equal to the best counties in the
DC region. This includes identifying recreational
and nature parks, libraries, recreation centers, and fire,
police, and rescue needs.
- Mix incentives and regulatory requirements to ensure developers
provide more housing choices to meet the needs of the entire
workforce and people at all stages of life.
plans for parks, greenways and trails, study the creation
of a County Park Authority, and invest in park acquisition
to equal other counties’ success.
- Commit to funding county services at a level equal to that
of the highest county level of service in our region.
Us from Gridlock
of control traffic costs us time with our families and jobs
as well as strains our physical and mental health. Loudoun’s
gridlock is a product of too much poorly planned development, bad
road network design, and too few transportation choices.
residential development because our east-west commuter corridors
are already overwhelmed beyond their capacity. There
is a funnel effect as commuters jam Loudoun’s four main
east-west roads (Route 50, the Dulles Greenway, Waxpool Road
and Route 7) to get and from jobs located primarily east of
- Invest in more local streets with more interconnections to
reduce traffic more effectively than the few, costly arterial
roads we now have.
more commuter and transit options, particularly given rising
gas prices and ever-higher tolls on the private Greenway. Provide
analysis of all options including dedicated bus/transit lanes,
telecommuting, improved express bus service, rail transit,
and employer incentives to enable the county to provide the
best mix of transit services.
- Design our communities to give us a better mix of jobs and
houses which provides safe and convenient choices for walking
and bicycling to schools, recreation, and stores.
Developers Pay Their Fair Share
are paying the price for living in one of the nation’s
fastest growing counties. Because developers haven’t
paid their fair share for the capital construction and none of
the ongoing operating costs of county services, Loudoun taxpayers
face higher tax bills and compromised county services.
- Keep development
at a pace the County can afford and won’t
undermine our property values. The 2001 Comprehensive
Plan set forth an amount of growth that should be followed.
- Use the newly approved authority for impact fees which can
be applied to all new development, not just rezonings.
that proffers (developer contributions) as part of rezoning
approvals are transparent to the public, adequate, enforceable,
and available when needed by the community.
- Use proffers to provide natural areas and offset the cost of
We cannot make informed decisions about future growth in the
County without knowing if our water supply will be adequate,
safe and protected, even in times of drought. Developments have
been proposed in the sensitive Goose Creek watershed threatening
the Beaverdam and Goose Creek Reservoirs. Too much development
near streams causes rapid runoff, scouring of the banks, and
severely reduced retention of water in droughts.
our ground water supply. The County has never
done a study so we can know where and how much water we have,
and so we can make decisions about future growth and development.
- Protect from development our reservoirs, streams, and underground
aquifer recharge areas, using zoning and land conservation tools.
- Adopt a stream corridor and wetlands protection ordinance.
- Adopt a drinking water protection ordinance for our public
sources and private wells.
- Complete watershed management plans countywide.
Loudoun an Energy Conservation Model
With rising energy costs and apparent climate changes, it is
in our best interest to reduce our demand for energy. Loudoun
is a leader in high-technology industries and we can be a leader
in reducing our energy demand, especially in high-tech, cost-efficient
energy consumption in public buildings and seek national
green building certification. (use the Green Building Council’s
energy consumption and emissions in the County’s
fleet of buses, trucks and cars.
goals and incentives for private construction to meet national
green building certification and reduce homeowner energy
bills (Use Earthcraft and/or the Green Building Council’s
- Attract high-tech energy firms and adopt innovative energy
conservation and generation strategies as an alternative to new
transmission slicing through our communities from distant coal-fired
energy conservation in Loudoun’s housing and
commercial development sectors.
the Rural Economy
The farms, productive soils, and open space of rural
Loudoun support thriving rural businesses, including tourism. Loudoun’s
165,000 acres of farmland generate net revenue to the County.
Open land saves taxpayers’ money, because it does not require
tax-supported services forced by residential development. Rural
Loudoun also provides healthy locally-raised food for residents
and increasingly valuable open space and recreational opportunities.
- Promote rural tourism programs.
- Fund land conservation programs to preserve critical land for
- Develop programs to promote local products, encourage new and
creative farming enterprises for small land owners, and support
new and existing farmers.
Preserve Loudoun’s Natural Heritage
growth has threatened the rich natural heritage and resources
that sustain Loudoun’s communities and wildlife.
We need to preserve healthy ecosystems and habitats for clean air,
clean water and wildlife protection. Our children deserve
wild, natural places for play and learning.
- Identify and preserve valuable habitats and environmental features
when approving development.
mature trees and adopt a “no-net loss” policy
to prevent clear-cutting for new development.
existing wetlands and restore lost wetlands through the County’s “no-net loss” policy.
- Conserve continuous tracts of land for migration corridors
and decrease habitat fragmentation.
and Celebrate Loudoun’s Cultural Heritage
County’s celebration of its 250th year highlights
our rich, varied and unique heritage. Our heritage provides
invaluable lessons and experiences for us and our children, and
brings tangible economic benefits to private businesses and to
the County. But this heritage is highly – and unnecessarily
-- vulnerable to assaults from development and highway and power
line projects brought on by unmanaged growth.
- Endorse the Journey through Hallowed Ground Partnership and
the National Heritage Area Legislation to recognize the historic
corridor through Loudoun that every other county in the four
state region has already done.
- Adopt and implement the Heritage Resource Plan.
Defend and Implement the Existing 2001 Comprehensive Plan
four years of delay it is time to work with the public to implement
the existing Comprehensive Plan. County staff,
not developer representatives, should be tasked with drafting all
implementing ordinances. It’s time to get back to the
vision set forth by the Comprehensive Plan to ensure a better economic
future and protect the integrity of the suburban, transition, and
the four community plans for suburban Loudoun using public
visualization and design tools. Let the community
determine the location and number of true town centers
needed and the appropriate mix of commercial and residential
- Revise the Zoning Ordinance, Land Subdivision Ordinance, and
Facilities Standards Manual to be consistent with the Revised
- Reinstate Conservation Design, River and Stream, Mountainside,
and underground Limestone protective overlay zones.
- Complete the Transition Area plan to ensure it is a true transition
between suburban and rural Loudoun.
- Plan collaboratively
with towns to ensure growth in and around them is well designed,
meets the town’s needs, and protects
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