Campaign for Loudoun's Future
For Immediate Release:
October 10, 2005
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Laura Olsen, 202-244-4408 ext. 4#
Andrea McGimsey, 703-726-0646
Maps of Development
33,724 Units Proposed
Costs of Dulles South Proposals
Citizens & Community Say NO to Loudoun County's Proposals to Build 28,000
Houses in Eastern Loudoun
Traffic Gridlock & Poor Process Cited
“NO,” is the clear message from Loudoun citizens to the Planning Commission
regarding the County initiated proposals to completely change the growth plans
for part of Eastern Loudoun County. At the public hearing, residents and the Campaign
for Loudoun’s Future made clear that they are not interested in supersizing
Loudoun County and think the County needs to back off the massive growth increases
that would bring traffic gridlock, high taxes, and a permanent backlog of needed
services from libraries and schools to recreation and police.
“We know enough to know this is a bad deal for residents. County staff
have shown that we will pay extra to spend even more time stuck in traffic,”
said Andrea McGimsey of the Campaign for Loudoun’s Future. “It may
be a good deal for developers, but residents would lose big.”
Route 50 Proposed as Major Growth Corridor
The public hearing focused on a new move by Loudoun County to join a set of developers
and propose changing the entire citizen supported county growth plan for the communities
in Eastern Loudoun. [The Upper Broad Run & Upper Foley areas of the transition
zone]. Instead of 4,500 total homes in the area allowed under the current growth
plan, the county is proposing a more than six fold jump to a total of 28,000 total
houses that would essentially create a new bedroom community with 77,451 residents.
The area currently has 1,234 residents.
“Development at this scale will cost Loudoun residents far too much --
time stuck in traffic away from our families and jobs, higher taxes, and the overwhelming
burden on our schools. To give you an idea of scale, this development would be
larger than Ashburn, Leesburg, Falls Church, or Silver Spring,” noted McGimsey.
Newly released information from a county staff analysis reveals the notable impact
this proposal would have on Loudoun residents. The County says their proposals
would produce: 27,977 houses, 77,451 residents, 298,000 daily car trips, and cost
at least $791 million of taxpayer dollars. The proposal only accounts for part
of the Dulles South planning district.
County Staff Predicts Gridlock
F Minus is the grade Loudoun County Staff would give the service level on Route
50 if these proposals go forward. They have noted that the proposals to increase
the growth in Eastern Loudoun by 28,000 houses would impact every road in the
“Residents who already experience horrible traffic on Route 50, the Greenway
and other roads are furious that the County would even consider projects with
such massive traffic impacts,” noted McGimsey.
Over the past several months, residents have made several requests for more information
and more dialogue with the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors about
these proposals, as they will have a massive and lasting impact on Loudoun County.
800 residents signed a petition asking the Supervisors for breakout sessions with
all affected parties along the Route 50 corridor with reasonable notice and advertisement.
The petition also stated, “We request that the opinions and concerns of
property owners be respectfully considered." They were ignored and in fact
several officials publicly discounted their effort.
But tonight is the only scheduled hearing. A hearing that starts at 5:30 pm,
when most residents are only leaving work and certainly can’t make it home
from work and to Leesburg by 5:30pm. October 3rd is also the beginning of Rosh
Hashanah, a major Jewish Holiday.
“If the Planning Commissioners believe 28,000 more houses in Eastern
Loudoun is such a great idea, then why are they limiting public involvement at
every turn? A part of democracy is a true public dialogue, giving all residents
an opportunity to understand the proposal, review the traffic, cost, school impact
analyses, and attend one or more public hearings at convenient times,” said
The County’s proposals for major growth increases in Eastern Loudoun would
be in addition the 37,000 houses already approved and in the pipeline, and the
40,000 new houses that may be added to western Loudoun through recent changes
to the rural zoning.
“Add it all up and again, we are looking at over 100,000 new houses,
ONE MILLION daily car trips on our local roads, tens of thousands of new commuters,
trying to get to jobs in Eastern Loudoun, Fairfax and DC as well parents and buses
trying to get to school, soccer practice and the grocery store,” noted McGimsey.
“We don’t need to Supersize Loudoun.”
Maps and more information are available at:
Below is a synopsis of some of the developer requests for additional residential
Community Project Name
|Dulles Greenvest/Dulles South
||12,000 to 15,000
||1548 to 1730
|Dulles Shockey Family
||512 to 2100
|Dulles Middle Goose/Criswell
||371 to 1482
||1631 to 1863
|Dulles Stone Ridge West
||609 to 696
|Dulles Braddock Village
||127 to 146
|Leesburg Fern Cliff
| Ashburn 1 Loudoun Center
||1360 to 2176
||263 to 300
|Sterling Victoria Station
||135 to 180
33,274 Potential Units