BOS to vote Nov. 15 on allowing data center next to Goose Creek

The Loudoun Board of Supervisors will consider at its November 15 meeting a proposal to rezone a parcel next to Goose Creek, a State Scenic River, to allow construction of a large 9-building data center complex. Citizen and citizen group objections include environmental ones (vast addition of impervious surfaces adding runoff to the creek, just upstream of public water intakes, removal of 90% percent of tree cover on the site, which further helps buffer contaminants from entering the water supply, danger to ecologically rare communities cited by the state, and several endangered species), and planning ones: The proposed new use is NOT in conformance with, and is a fundamental direction change from, the existing Comprehensive Plan. And since the County has entered into a public process, “Envision Loudoun,” to review and update its current Plan, the decision to approve the proposed rezoning is premature, and shouldn’t be taken without proper consideration due such a significant use change. A one-page flyer on the proposal is available here.TrueNorthDataCenterInfoGraphic

Citizens are encouraged to attend the public hearing, 6 p.m. Wednesday November 15, to show opposition to approval (in support of those speaking out against it). Citizens’ physical presence is the best way to demonstrate to Supervisors that data centers are a good idea, but this one is in the wrong place.

Coalition publishes report on building a sustainable rural community

An ad hoc committee of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition has published “Suggestions and Recommendations for Building a Sustainable Rural Community.” The report examines the serious threats to Loudoun’s scenic rural areas and sets forth an action plan for preserving this unique and economically, environmentally and regionally valued portion of the county, and its recommendations focus on  improving the rural economy in a way that maintains the quality of life for current residents. The committee, organized in November 2016 by Read More →

Aldie event considers impact of destroying historic buildings for new firehouse

“The History of Aldie Village” is a 90-minute presentation set for 5: 30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Aldie United Methodist Church, 39325 John Mosby Highway in Aldie. The presentation will include the general history and Civil War history of the village, and the history of three historic structures Loudoun County plans to demolish to build an 18,000 square foot fire station to serve new housing developments several miles away on the east side of Route 15. The event Read More →

BOS votes to place 750,000 sq ft data center next to Goose Creek

Last night the Board of Supervisors voted, against staff recommendations and strong opposition by citizens, 5-4 to deny a motion by Supervisor Geary Higgins to disapprove the True North data center on the banks of Goose Creek. Supervisors Ron Myer, Matt Letourneau, Kristen Umstattd, Suzanne Volpe, and Koran Saines voted to place the data center, in undisturbed farmland, upstream of the public water intake along Goose Creek, setting a precedent for industrial development of the entire Transition Area. A second Read More →

Summary of Envision Loudoun citizen comments

An analysis of the thousands of comments by Loudoun County citizens who participated in the Envision Loudoun public input sessions shows overwhelming support for limiting growth (except around the Silver Line stations), addressing traffic congestion, providing better transit and multimodal options, more open space, parkland, and trails. The analysis was conducted by members of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Comp Plan Review Committee. A summary of their work can be downloaded here. Envision Loudoun. Are the Stakeholders Committee and Read More →

Transition Area Alliance sets position on Envision Loudoun

Citizens who make up the Transition Area Alliance have presented a white paper to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to support their position that this planning area should remain a buffer between the suburban east and rural west, as the Comprehensive Plan revision process advances. The Transition Area Alliance advocates for: Maintaining the existing Transition Policy Area and current densities and open space; Using a watershed protection strategy that includes PDRs,development and conservation easements and county land purchases to Read More →

Dark-Sky association seeks better LED legislation in Virginia

In the 2016 and 2017 General Assembly sessions, Delegate John Bell (Loudoun-87th district) introduced legislation to require Light Emitting Diode (LED) outdoor lighting for all state government entities (the bills did not advance to a full House of Delegates vote either year). While the commitment to energy efficiency is laudable, the proposed legislation failed to incorporate necessary criteria for responsible outdoor lighting in order to prevent the harmful safety, aesthetic, and environmental impacts of low quality LED. The Virginia chapter Read More →

Citizens’ Envision Loudoun public input summary

Members of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition have read and carefully categorized all of the public comments from the first series of Envision Loudoun public input sessions. Read the summary here. Please continue to push your supervisors to support the vision that CITIZENS have articulated. County planners (who are writing the plan) continue to state that thousands of new homes are “needed” in the Transition Area; citizens instead support housing growth along the Silver Line metro stations. Please Read More →

Rural roads maintenance and reporting programs

In each of the past several years, to catch up from years of neglect, VDOT committed to a program of intense rehabilitation of a selected group of the most problematic gravel roads in Loudoun County.  They named the specific gravel roads to be rehabilitated, and each road got an intense makeover in a short period of time–including brush and tree trimming, ditch and culvert cleaning and rehabilitation, grading, graveling, rolling, and application of dust suppression materials. This has allowed the Read More →

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