Green Infrastructure

The Coalition monitors environmental issues in Loudoun that underpin healthy ecological systems, such as the Limestone Overlay District ordinance, water quality, and floodplain and steep slopes regulations. The Coalition monitors development applications to ensure the environmental issues are considered, including tree save and animal and bird habitat.

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 →

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, 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 →

Make your voice heard on Loudoun noise ordinance!

Should Loudoun County allow a noise level more than 20 times as high as that of New York City? The Board of Supervisors will vote Thursday, October 20, on a new noise ordinance for the county. The current proposal before the board is to increase the permitted noise level by moving the measurement of the noise from the location of the noise-maker (the “emitter”) to the property line of adjacent property owners (the “receiver”). Loudoun County’s current noise ordinance is Read More →

Coalition sends BOS findings on AT&T Short Hill proposal

The Short Hill Committee of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition on June 20 sent forward a memorandum to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors urging the overrule of the Planning Commission’s approval of the Commission Permit to allow AT&T to build a 35-foot-tall, 160,000-square-foot structure on the ridge of the Short Hill Mountain. (See the memorandum here.) Al Van Huyck, Chair of the Committee and Coalition, commended AT&T for suspending its application, but went on to say, “regardless, Read More →

Proposal for 160,000 sqare foot building on Short Hill Mountain

On the agenda for the Tuesday, April 26, Planning Commission hearing is a project with huge implications for our mountains and rural Loudoun. It is about approval of a Commission Permit for a telecom 160,000 sq ft building, 35 feet high and 433 long, with generators and air coolers on the ridgeline of the Short Hill Mountain, at the old AT&T site. There are many concerns about this proposed industrial use in the rural area. Comments presented by LCPCC Chair Read More →

Public hearing on proposed floodplain zoning changes Oct. 14

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the zoning changes that the Zoning Ordinance Action Group has proposed for the Floodplain Overlay District at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, in the County Office Building. See the July 19 post (“Alert: Tell Planning Commission to reject weakening of floodplain rules”), for detail on this important topic, affecting residents throughout the county. Please plan to attend and speak out against these proposed changes, which would weaken protections Read More →

Committee to vote on steep slopes zoning changes

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors’ Transportation and Land Use Committee will make recommendations on the Steep Slopes Zoning Ordinance Amendment at its meeting on October 16, 2015. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. The changes proposed by the Zoning Ordinance Action Group (ZOAG, a board appointed by the Board of Supervisors) would open hundreds of acres of fragile landscapes to more intensive development. The Coalition has submitted a letter to the Board of Supervisors in opposition to many of Read More →

Alert: Tell Planning Commission to Reject Weakening Floodplain Rules

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Loudoun County Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on the Floodplain Overlay District (FOD) amendments. We need as many people as possible to come out to speak against the changes that the Zoning Ordinance Action Group (ZOAG) is recommending and the Loudoun County Staff is strongly opposing. If you cannot attend, please email all Planning Commission members that you support the opposition of the County Professional Staff.  Specific proposed changes to Read More →

Please attend public hearing on steep slopes zoning changes

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing on proposed zoning changes to the county’s Steep Slopes rules for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, in the county government center in Leesburg. Please come to make your voice heard. The changes, proposed by the Zoning Ordinance Action Group (ZOAG, a board appointed by the Board of Supervisors). would open hundreds of acres of fragile landscapes to more intensive development. The Coalition has submitted a letter to the Board Read More →

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