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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:15 pm | Updated: 4:44 pm, Thu Oct 9, 2014.

County planners are seeking input from the Town of Leesburg on a rezoning application likely to make waves—a developer is hoping to rezone 250 acres just southeast of town as part of a plan to build 797 residential units between the Luck Stone quarry and the Village at Leesburg.

The land is in the Leesburg Joint Land Management Area and could potentially be annexed by the town. However, council and staff have no decision-making authority the property's zoning and can only make a recommendation to the county.

The land is zoned for planned development general industrial use and both town and county plans envision business-related uses to be developed there. County plans permit some residential uses in support of commercial development. The application is requesting a change to planned development housing. The applicant, Hunter Lee Center, has expressed willingness to construct an important link of Crosstrail Boulevard—which would run through the property—including the crossing over Tuscarora Creek.

The town’s referral comments are due to the county Oct. 16, and the council plans to discuss its application at its Oct. 9 council meeting. During Monday night's work session, some council members, though not staunchly opposed, said they preferred to keep the current zoning intact.

“I would be interested to see what offsite improvements they are going to make, but basically I would stand by our Town Plan,” Councilman Dave Butler said.

Mayor Kristen Umstattd said she agreed with Butler. Vice Mayor Kevin Wright said he doesn’t favor adding more out-of-town users to the town’s water and sewer service area.

“They’re testing the waters,” Wright said. “I don’t have a lot of excitement for getting new, additional out-of-town users.”

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7 comments:

  • Bob_Smith posted at 4:31 pm on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    Bob_Smith Posts: 456

    Man alive, whatever happened to property rights?? It sure appears alot of the true conservatives of 2007 (national) and 2011 (Loudoun) are now anti-development and pouring hate upon this all-Republican BOS. I'm never at a loss for surprise around here.

    Google shows the Sycolin/BRR intersection to have Sycolin with 2 EB lanes and L and R turn lanes, and 2 WB lanes at the least (not sure about right-turn lanes into that new development. Sycolin can and will eventually be 4 *travel* lanes all the way to the bypass. That's a done deal, check the CTP.

    You want to know why that development is built so close to the road, compared to "typical" development - revisit the rezoning. And see who voted for it. And who didn't.

     
  • mas954 posted at 8:40 am on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    mas954 Posts: 352

    Sycolin can't be widened to 4 lanes. The strip malls on the north and south corners of Sycolin and Belmont are built right up to the street. There isn't even a 30' setback. They left absolutely no wiggle room. Typical - there is NEVER forward thinking in Loudoun County. They only consider "right here, right now."

     
  • Waya posted at 8:35 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    Waya Posts: 61

    They have to widen Belmont Ridge and Sycolin to 4 lanes and finish Crosstrails BEFORE any homes could be built. Roads in this area are already a nightmare. No thanks!

     
  • David Dickinson posted at 7:03 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    David Dickinson Posts: 955

    Agreed. The VERY LAST thing Loudoun needs is more housing which begets more people which begets more schools, more traffic, and more taxes.

    But that's why developers like housing. It spurs building more of everything else.

     
  • Frank Reynolds posted at 5:27 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    Frank Reynolds Posts: 628

    1000x's No. If they approve more housing in that area before actually fixing Belmont Ridge and that intersection at Route 7, then they are just plain fools.

     
  • mas954 posted at 1:39 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    mas954 Posts: 352

    800 residential units is the LAST thing that should go there. What a nightmare that will be!!!

     
  • sarwood posted at 11:27 am on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    sarwood Posts: 77

    I agree with Mayor Umstattd and Dave Butler on this. I hope we will all stand firm on the Town Plan regarding this re-development request.
    S. Ann Robinson