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The Art of Rezoning

October 2, 2013 Development, News Comments Off on The Art of Rezoning

At its September 4 business meeting the Loudoun Board of Supervisors approved plans for 199 town homes on land originally zoned for non-residential uses. In return, the county received approximately $6.5 million in cash proffers. Unfortunately, the county’s cost to provide necessary capital infrastructure for the new residents is slightly more than $7 million. The county does not receive contributions for on-going operating costs (such as salaries for teachers and rescue workers) created by the new development.

With these two applications, one in University Center and the other between South Riding and Stone Ridge on Route 50, the board has approved a total of six rezonings. The other four rezonings include:

One Loudoun – Edelman Field Ball Park
Stone Ridge East – 160 additional single family homes
ProLogis Park Gateway – Industrial park
Waltonwood Ashburn – approximately 211 senior housing units … Continue Reading

Leesburg Street Milling and Paving Work Scheduled To Begin on September 23

September 20, 2013 Development, News Comments Off on Leesburg Street Milling and Paving Work Scheduled To Begin on September 23

The Town of Leesburg will begin its Fiscal Year 2014 street resurfacing schedule during the week of September 23, 2013. Part of the Town’s regular streets maintenance program, milling and paving is a surface replacement process that eliminates existing pot holes and creates a smooth new road surface. Milling and paving extends the life of the Town’s streets and is done on any particular street about once every ten to fifteen years.

The road surface replacement process takes place in two steps. First, the top 1 to 1½ inches of asphalt is milled or ground off the street. Then, a new overlay of hot-mix asphalt is applied to the street, creating the new pavement surface. Typically, milling will be done on one day and paving will be done on the next day. During milling and paving operations, crews will close one lane of the street at a time, so motorists should expect delays. In addition, no on-street parking will be allowed during the scheduled milling and paving operations. … Continue Reading

Six Special Exception Applications Push for More Houses

September 4, 2013 Development, News Comments Off on Six Special Exception Applications Push for More Houses

By Andrea Gaines

With the housing market down over the last several years, proposals that include new residential units – including single-family homes, townhouses, apartments and age-restricted communities – have also been down. Based on six new special exception applications before the Board of supervisors, that may be changing.

Loudoun’s comprehensive plan zones specific land parcels as eligible for residential, industrial, office park, retail, etc., or a combination thereof by right. The county then bases its long term needs for roads and the delivery of county services such as fire and rescue, new schools and utilities on that zoning designation.

In the case of a special exception application, the owner or developer seeks a zoning change so that different uses will be allowed.

In the case of six recently submitted special exception applications, owners/developers are asking the Board of Supervisors to approve over 2,800 new residential units.

Akridge has submitted a special exception request to rezone land designated for office and industrial parks to allow for 915 residential units, 75,000 sq. ft. of retail space, 800,000 sq. ft. of office/civic buildings and a 150,000 sq. ft. hotel. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Crossroads Development Seeks Annexation

September 4, 2013 Development, News Comments Off on Purcellville Crossroads Development Seeks Annexation

By Valerie Cury

In late July/August the developers of Purcellville Crossroads submitted paperwork serving as a continuation of an annexation application filed on March 1, 2008, with the Town of Purcellville for approximately 50 acres located at Berlin Turnpike (287) and St. Francis Court. This property is currently in the county, and outside of the town limits. The developers of this property have been communicating with the town since September 2012, and waited until the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP) was eliminated on July 1, 2013, to proceed with their application process.

The 2008 application requested an “Out-Of-Phase” annexation. According to PUGAMP in force at the time: “Applications for out of phase development (development in the areas outside the 10 year preferred development area) will be evaluated by the Joint UGA Policies Review Committee. The Joint UGA Committee will determine if an application to develop out of phase is to be forwarded to the Town and the County for review and processing. Applications for out of phase development will be evaluated one time a year and accepted for review on March 1 or the first business day thereafter.” However, at the time the town and the county chose not to proceed with the application for various reasons – not the least of which was an additional burden on the town’s water supply. … Continue Reading

The Re-Packaging of Catoctin Creek Apartments

August 7, 2013 Development, News Comments Off on The Re-Packaging of Catoctin Creek Apartments
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By Karen Jimmerson

The “more-residential-development” gloves are off and Purcellville’s residents need to be ready to avoid the punch.

Facing stiff community opposition to an original proposal to add 178 low-income residential units to Purcellville’s housing inventory, attorney Mark Nelis, representing the developers of the proposed Catoctin Creek Apartments, has come forward with a whole new plan.

At the June Purcellville Planning Commission meeting, Mr. Nelis – stating that had he met with and now represents all of the landowners in the Hirst/Maple Avenue corridor who want to develop their properties – presented a revised plan that, in addition to the 178 residential units on 13 acres, would provide for 22 additional acres of commercial development, and five acres of “open space.” … Continue Reading

High-Density Adult Community Proposed for 32nd Street

July 2, 2013 Development, News 5 comments
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TMG Construction Corporation, in partnership with architect Michael L. Oxman and Associates, Ltd., has proposed a gated adult townhome development of 50 units on the 10-acre Ball property in Purcellville. The land is just south of the intersection of 32nd Street and Main Street, adjacent to the Loudoun Golf and Country Club.

TMG is owned by Tanya and Joe Matthews. Tanya Mattews is on the board of the Purcellville Business Association and past president of that organization. She currently serves on the Loudoun County Government Reform Committee. … Continue Reading

Catoctin Creek Apartments Approved for Tax Credits

July 2, 2013 Development, News 3 comments
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By Karen Jimmerson

The developers behind the Catoctin Creek Apartments have forged ahead, applying for and being approved for housing tax credits through the Virginia Housing and Development Authority (VHDA). The developer is asking the town of Purcellville to change the zoning of a 13.7-acre portion of the 20-acre site on Hirst Road from Commerical-1 to Planned Development Housing -15 to provide for the construction of a 176-unit affordable apartment project. They are also asking for a Comprehensive Plan amendment. … Continue Reading

Ribbon Cutting for the Southern Collector Road

July 2, 2013 Development, News Comments Off on Ribbon Cutting for the Southern Collector Road

The Town of Purcellville had the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Southern Collector Road on June 28.  Mayor Bob Lazaro (in the middle of the photo) is flanked on the left by Sean T. Connaughton, secretary of transportation for the commonwealth of Virginia and on the right by Blue Ridge Supervisor Janet Clarke and Chairman Scott York.  Also joining the mayor were present and former council members and former Purcellville Mayor John Marsh.  Dave Stegmaier, director of community outreach for Congressman Frank R. Wolf’s office, was also in attendance. 

492-Home Autumn Hill Development Update

June 4, 2013 Development, News 1 comment

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

On May 21 the Loudoun County Planning Commission had its hearing regarding the Autumn Hill (now, Mayfair) application to build communal water and sewer plants to serve development on the property. Autumn Hill is located near the Purcellville Industrial Park in the vacinity of Hatcher Avenue and adjacent to the Chesnut Hill community.

This application is the latest installment in the two-decade endeavor to construct 492 homes, including 120 affordable dwelling units, on 50 acres of the 70-acre property. As such, it is part of a complex issue that includes an outstanding lawsuit between the developer and the county, the March 6 termination of the county’s annexation agreement with the Town of Purcellville, the repeal of the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan, and the adoption of appropriate amendments to the county’s general plan. The current debate surrounds the 2011 decision by the developer, Brookfield Autumn Hill, LLC, to circumvent a requirement that the project be served by Town of Purcellville water ?and sewer. … Continue Reading

Longstanding Businesses Oppose Purcellville’s 21 Street “Phase II”

May 1, 2013 Development, News 3 comments
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21st Street in Purcellville, which anchors the town’s most historic commercial district, is slated to undergo significant changes. In “Phase I,” completed last year, the area adjacent to Magnolia’s at the Mill restaurant and the historic train station saw the addition of new and wider sidewalks and several crosswalks, among other improvements. It also included the earlier installation of angled parking along 21st Street. Phase II includes much more sweeping and widespread changes and has several of the town’s most prominent older businesses, including Nichols Hardware – which faces 21st Street – up in arms.

The major components of Phase II include wider sidewalks, a significant narrowing of 21st Street, an 18-inch lowering of the road bed, more crosswalks, an elimination of the loading zones businesses on the street routinely use for deliveries and the elimination of select parking places. At the same time, developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis have been in discussions with the town over the potential for either a retail/hotel complex or retail/condominium complex of up to 115,000 square feet that will be accessed from the same area. … Continue Reading

Breaking Ground at Saint Francis de Sales

January 25, 2013 Development, News Comments Off on Breaking Ground at Saint Francis de Sales
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More than 130 guests and parishioners were on hand as Purcellville’s St. Francis de Sales church broke ground on its new parish center on Thursday, January 24.

When completed, the facility will feature 11 classrooms and a large multi-purpose hall.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Father Ronald Escalante, St. Francis’ pastor, noting that the project originally got started 10 years ago.

Escalante said that the facility would be used primarily for religious education, but also as a meeting place for the church’s youth group. … Continue Reading

Is the Infamous “Outer Beltway” on Its Way?

January 9, 2013 Development, News 4 comments

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

In 2011, the Fairfax and Prince William County representatives to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) proposed the creation of a North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance (COSS). At the time, elected officials, Loudoun citizens, and the Loudoun representative to the CTB raised concerns that the proposal was an effort to revive the dream of an Outer Beltway with an end run around local citizens and elected officials by an unelected state body whose meetings took place in Richmond.

Not so, defended the proposal’s sponsors, who claimed they were merely initiating the possibility of a public multi-modal planning process for a corridor extending from Route 95 to Route 7 along Routes 234 and 659. In an email to then-Supervisor Jim Burton and State Senator Mark Herring, CTB member J. Douglas Koelemay from Fairfax explained, “The designation simply means ‘ready for multi-modal planning’ and allows a corridor to be considered for a collaborative planning process that includes the state, regional authorities and localities.” … Continue Reading

Developer Advertising Significant Changes to Historic Downtown

December 5, 2012 Development, News 6 comments

The Vienna Virginia based Renaud Consulting Company – described as ” a full service real estate company” – is promoting on its website a significant, to-be-built commercial rental property known as “Vineyard Square.”

Vineyard Square is envisioned as a 100,000 square foot retail/hotel development north of the intersection of Main and 21st Streets within Purcellville’s historic downtown. The project would replace current retail space, small businesses, parts of Purcellville’s original agricultural and industrial-related structures and other properties. The project would also create a new cut through from 21st Street to a commercial/residential portion of Hatcher Street. … Continue Reading








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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


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


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 …

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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


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


“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]. …

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Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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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


?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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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

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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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