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Property Owner Exploring Purcellville Annexation of Warner Property

October 1, 2014 Development, News 3 comments

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and the Town of Purcellville have begun preliminary discussions on the possibility of bringing land that is now within county boundaries into the Town of Purcellville.

The Warner property as it is known consists of two parcels equaling 131 acres bordered by Rt. 611 Purcellville Road on the west near the recently annexed development, Autumn Hill/Mayfair. The property is currently zoned JLMA 3, and by county zoning regulations can be developed by right with 35 residential lots. … Continue Reading

“Glamping” Recreational Area Proposed for Paeonion Springs/Waterford

October 1, 2014 Development, News Comments Off on “Glamping” Recreational Area Proposed for Paeonion Springs/Waterford

It’s a term not many people have heard but many may soon find in their backyards.

“Glamping” stands for “glamorous camping for families,” and is the subject of a new kind of recreational project in preliminary application stages for a site just east of Purcellville near the corner of Rt. 9 and Rt. 7.

The rural recreation pre-application project envisions a site that will accommodate approximately 210 persons at any one time. The property consists of 30 acres and is proposed to include: … Continue Reading

Planning Commission Still Moving Forward With Major Zoning Changes

July 3, 2014 Development, Government, News Comments Off on Planning Commission Still Moving Forward With Major Zoning Changes
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In one of the most significant zoning shifts in recent months, the Purcellville Planning Commission has made clear its intent to move forward with a proposal to eliminate the CM1 (Office Light Industrial) zoning along the Hirst Road corridor. The collection of properties is located on Hirst Avenue from the corner of Hirst and Maple Avenues to shortly before the corner of Hirst and Hatcher Avenues. The area is zoned for office light industrial (CM1) and if changed would become Mixed Use Commercial (MC). This change would allow residential units, entertainment venues such as Tilley’s Entertainment, and commercial uses.

This land was the proposed site for the Catoctin Creek Town Center complex. The proposal – complete with bumper boats, go-carts, bumper cars and more – was denied by the planning commission shortly before the May 2014 town elections. If the Planning Commission undertakes and approves this change after a public hearing has occurred, the land owners would then have “by right” zoning – including the ability to construct residential units, commercial buildings and entertainment businesses. Further, the “by right” designation means that the land’s zoning uses cannot be challenged.

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Proposed Code Changes Delayed

July 3, 2014 Development, Government, News Comments Off on Proposed Code Changes Delayed
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Public Pressure Pushes Decision To New Mayor And Council

The outgoing Purcellville Town Council held sway over a loud and angry crowd in a packed meeting on June 24 as it considered whether to make significant changes to amend town code Section 54-78. In the end, the decision was delayed until the next Town Council meeting, when Mayor-Elect Kwasi Fraser and a new Town Council will have taken office. Section 54-78 controls the expiration dates of what are known as “Certificates of Design Approval” (CDAs) by the town’s Board of Architectural Review related to the demolition of historic structures, site plans, zoning permits, and other construction-related documents.

While the town’s public hearing notice for the proposed code changes did not specify that these changes related to the 100,000 plus square feet mixed use Vineyard Square development, the majority of citizens attending the meeting clearly believed otherwise.

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Autumn Hill/Mayfair Developers – We Want More

April 30, 2014 Development, News 2 comments
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New plans have been submitted to the Town of Purcellville by developers of the recently annexed and approved Mayfair/Autumn Hill project. The new, higher density plans request an up zoning from Transition X to PDH 8 on a 3.98 acre portion, which would allow an additional eight units per acre with the maximum of 32 additional residences and 64 parking spaces. This would bring the total number of units to nearly 300.
Another proposed plan is to rezone from Transition X to MI Limited Industrial 19.01 acres of the property which is owned by Brookfield Homes.

Mayfair/Autumn Hill is an approximately 75 – plus acre property located near the industrial park in the northwest portion of Purcellville. The property was given the zoning in 1991 for 492 quadraplexes if the Town of Purcellville would annex it and give it utilities. It changed hands several times over two decades because the owners could not get the town to annex the property. … Continue Reading

Planning Commission Hearing for Catoctin Creek Town Center Draws Overflowing Crowd

March 11, 2014 Development, News 15 comments
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By Valerie Cury

Update: Town Council Meeting March 11: Developer Representative withdrew application for Catoctin Creek Town Center. There will be no public hearing March 12.

“I hate to be the one to break the bad news to some people, but Purcellville is not a small town. It’s not a quaint town anymore,” said Mark Fontaine, who spoke at the Purcellville Planning Commission public hearing in late February for the Catoctin Creek Town Center development. Fontaine, who represents the buyers and the sellers for the town center development, was one of nearly a dozen supporters who came forward to support the project.

The developers of the Catoctin Creek Town Center, in separate applications, seek to rezone approximately 33 acres along Hirst Road and Maple Avenue. The proposal includes a 176-unit apartment complex (Catoctin Creek Apartments) on 13.72 acres and an entertainment complex on 18.71 acres with outdoor space for concerts and events. The proposal includes bumper boats, mimiature golf, go-karts and bumper cars. The approximately 30,000 square foot two story main building will include a sports bar, a restaurant, laser tag, and a game arcade, to name a few. … Continue Reading

100,000 Sq. Ft. Project Approved for Historic Downtown

February 5, 2014 Development, News 4 comments
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– Mayor Lazaro: “We have put this zoning in place to see it occur.” –

By Valerie Cury

For a second and final time, the Purcellville Town Council has dramatically overruled the Purcellville Board of Architectural Review recommendations and conditions of approval with respect to the Vineyard Square development. The town council vote was 6-1, with Mayor Bob Lazaro, Vice Mayor Keith Melton and town council members Tom Priscilla, Jim Wiley, John Nave and Joan Lehr voting yes (overturning the BAR). Patrick McConville was the only council member to side with the BAR.

Vineyard Square is an approximately 100,000 sq. ft. mixed-use residential/commercial project, complete with underground and above ground parking to be located in the heart of the Purcellville Historic District. A highly valued area, the district is within Purcellville’s Historic Corridor Overlay District and is also on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Landmarks Registry and the U.S. Historic Districts listing. … Continue Reading

Chairman York: “It’s Time To Move On”

January 8, 2014 Development, News Comments Off on Chairman York: “It’s Time To Move On”
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Autumn Hill/Mayfair Gets Go Ahead

Saying that it was time to move on, Chairman Scott York (R-At-Large) led the Board of Supervisors in an approval of a boundary line adjustment with the Town of Purcellville. The January 2 vote in conjunction with the town council’s vote on December 10 seemingly ensures the development of at least 257 homes on the Autumn Hill / Mayfair property.

Citizens opposed to the decision were extremely disappointed. Richard Corns, a resident of the Chestnut Hills development adjacent to the Autumn Hill property, highlighted that the board voted on the motion prior to the meeting’s public comment period. “After I spoke, someone informed me that the board had already voted to approve the annex and “It was time to move on. How can I move on when my home has no chance in recovering the lost value? Maybe Scott York can absorb a $700k loss on his home – I cannot.” … Continue Reading

BAR Recommendations Rejected By Town Council

January 8, 2014 Development, News 2 comments
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By Valerie Cury

Historic Preservation Threatened

The Purcellville Town Council held a special meeting December 17 to hear an appeal by developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis on their Vineyard Square project.
The Board of Architectural Review (BAR) had earlier voted to stop demolition of two historic structures on 21st Street, noting that the existing facades in the town’s Historic Corridor Overlay District had to be maintained and incorporated into the design for the 6-story mixed-use project. In the BAR’s motion to deny the demolition, it noted that the buildings “possess integrity of design, craftsmanship and materials from their early twentieth-century period of significance that cannot be replicated.” “These buildings embody the early twentieth-century development of Purcellville’s business district and incorporate original period features such as brick facades, storefront windows, period appropriate entry doors, sign bands, and steeped parapet walls which are distinctive architectural elements of Purcellville’s downtown and link the design of these buildings with other buildings of the same period on the street which contribute to the historic context of the street.” … Continue Reading

Board of Architectural Review Holds Second Vineyard Square Review

December 3, 2013 Development, News Comments Off on Board of Architectural Review Holds Second Vineyard Square Review
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Developer’s Architect Defends Six Stories And Widespread Demolition

At the Town of Purcellville Board of Architectural Review meeting in November, developer/owners Mark Nelis and John Chapman presented arguments in favor of a virtually unchanged design for Vineyard Square’s 21st Street project. As first proposed, Vineyard Square reached heights of five – six stories, with one part up to seven stories. The meeting was attended by many local residents, including business owners and 21st Street tenants that will be directly impacted by the approximately 30,000 sq. ft. of commercial – and 45 condominium – residential project.

Following Vineyard Square’s first attempt at approval, the board requested new designs from Nelis and Chapman that more seriously considered the current building proportions and styles of the historic downtown area, the highest current building being the restored mill (Magnolia’s restaurant at approximately 50 feet). The BAR also addressed the issue of incorporating rather than demolishing several historic buildings. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Poised To Add 257 Homes

December 3, 2013 Development, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Purcellville Poised To Add 257 Homes
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Autumn Hill Development Largest in Town’s History

After almost a quarter-century and three different owners, it appears that the Purcellville Town Council is finally prepared to provide public water and sewer to the Autumn Hill / Mayfair development north of the town. The first step occurred on November 12, when the town council voted unanimously to initiate a boundary line adjustment with Loudoun County to incorporate the property into the town limits. The county board of supervisors passed a similar motion at its meeting on November 6. … Continue Reading

So What Is A Proffer?

December 3, 2013 Development, News 1 comment
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What is a proffer?

Proffers are the mechanism by which the Virginia General Assembly allows localities to partially offset the capital costs, (schools, playing fields, roads, etc.) and other impacts associated with residential development. Under this mechanism developers can offer voluntary contributions to local governments for the approval of additional density over the base density allowed by a county’s zoning. Under state law proffer agreements run with the land and remain binding on the County and future landowners unless modified through a public land use process. In Loudoun County, this process is known as a Zoning Concept Plan Amendment (ZCPA). … Continue Reading

21st Street Project Undergoes Historic Scrutiny

November 6, 2013 Development, News 5 comments
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BAR Chairman Pat Giglio: “The scale is huge …”
By Valerie Cury

In October, the Purcellville Board of Architectural Review (BAR) took a careful look at concept plans for the 21st Street downtown project known as Vineyard Square.

Vineyard Square is a proposed five-six story mixed use complex that will be located in the heart of Purcellville’s historic district, across the street from the 1914 Nichols Hardware store building, the 1906 Pancoast building and other historic structures. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Wine & Chili Weekend

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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

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Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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