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Mosby Heritage Area Association Issues Request for Proposals in Battlefield Protection Plan

December 4, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on Mosby Heritage Area Association Issues Request for Proposals in Battlefield Protection Plan

The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has issued a Request for Proposals, seeking to contract a preservation or cultural resource management firm to create a preservation plan for the Civil War Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville.

In August 2012, The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced that it received a grant from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to fund a community-based preservation plan for the Civil War Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville. The preservation plan will focus on the three cavalry battles at Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville, where General J.E.B. Stuart fought a delaying tactic in June 1863 to screen the northern movement of General Robert E. Lee into Pennsylvania, prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. … Continue Reading

“Minor” Special Exception Sought for New Purcellville Banquet Facility

November 7, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on “Minor” Special Exception Sought for New Purcellville Banquet Facility
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There will be a public hearing November 13 for a “Minor Special Exception” (SPM1) for a new banquet facility to include indoor and outdoor events. The property is located 1/2 mile south from the Town of Purcellville on Silcott Springs Road (690). The 234 acre property is currently vacant land and is zoned AR1 (agriculture rural-1). Under current zoning, the property owner could host ten events per year with a minimum of 14 days between events. The use is governed under policies of the Revised General Plan.

The Revised General Plan identifies appropriate rural business uses in order to provide opportunities for rural tourism and hospitality services. The potential uses include bed and breakfasts, country inns, rural retreats and corporate retreats, to name a few. … Continue Reading

200 Unit Apartment Complex Update

November 7, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on 200 Unit Apartment Complex Update
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Less than two weeks after attorney and developer Mark Nelis spoke to the board of Old Dominion Valley about the possibility of a 200 unit apartment complex going on the Stupar property, a comprehensive plan amendment application, and a zoning amendment application were filed at the Town of Purcellville for the property. Mark Nelis is representing Nusbaum Realty who envisions developing the 200 unit apartment complex on 13.72 acres of the 20.43 acre parcel. The property is located on Hirst Road in Purcellville across from the Purcellville Safety Center. … Continue Reading

Wolf Releases Statement on DOT IG Report on MWAA

November 1, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on Wolf Releases Statement on DOT IG Report on MWAA
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Rep. Frank Wolf (VA-10) issued the following statement on the release of the Department of Transportation’s IG report on the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA):

“The MWAA described in this report is not the MWAA created 25 years ago. Something has gone terribly wrong in recent years as the board that governs MWAA spiraled into dysfunction. MWAA must immediately implement all the recommendations detailed in the IG’s report so it returns to the authority we once knew.

“The issues raised by the IG are serious and troubling. The successful operation of Ronald Reagan and Washington Dulles airports and the Metrorail extension project requires an organization that is ethical, honest and beyond reproach. Public trust in MWAA is imperative as the airports are partly funded by taxpayer money, and the extension project partly by tolls on the Dulles Toll Road. MWAA must be a good public steward of taxpayer and toll-payer dollars. … Continue Reading

New Purcellville Apartment Complex Project in Planning Stages

October 3, 2012 Development, News 2 comments
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Attorney and developer Mark Nelis, a member of the Loudoun Government Reform Committee, spoke to the board of the Home Owners Association (HOA) of Old Dominion Valley in late September. Nelis is representing Nusbaum Realty which is considering a multi-family housing rental project on part of the Stupar Property on Hirst Road in Purcellville across from the Purcellville Public Safety Center. Nelis said that his client is interested in possibly purchasing 13 acres of the 20+ acre parcel that is located within the town limits of Purcellville and backs up to Old Dominion Valley Subdivision. Nusbaum Realty envisions developing an apartment complex on the 13-acre parcel. … Continue Reading

Autumn Hill Neighbors Say No to Massive Development

October 3, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on Autumn Hill Neighbors Say No to Massive Development

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

Last December Brookfield Autumn Hill, the owner of the Autumn Hill property north of Purcellville, filed a lawsuit requesting that the court order the county to allow construction of 492 town houses (quadruplexes) using a communal well and septic system. Efforts by Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) to broker a compromise between the developer, the county, and the surrounding communities have not borne fruit.

Neighbors of the property exhibit near unanimity in their opposition to the original concept and to a new proposal that would allow construction of approximately 250 homes on the 75 acre property. Ed McCawley, a director on the Chestnut Hills HOA Board, surveyed members of the community this summer. Contacted by email, he responded, “Our community members are unanimously against both such developments.” … Continue Reading

Kaine Tours Dulles Rail Construction Site with Warner and Connolly

September 18, 2012 Development Comments Off on Kaine Tours Dulles Rail Construction Site with Warner and Connolly
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As part of his campaign for U.S. Senate, former governor Tim Kaine toured the construction site of a Tysons Corner Metro station that is part of the Dulles Rail project he helped get under way as governor. Kaine was joined by U.S. Senator Mark Warner and U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly for the tour and an update on the progress of Phase I of Rail to Dulles, which is projected to be completed largely on time and on budget.

“When I took office as governor this project was just a model on a table,” said Kaine. “It is so gratifying to see such progress on Rail to Dulles because it was the single hardest project I have worked on in public life. Things like Rail to Dulles and the Beltway HOT Lanes, while they may cause some inconvenience during the construction phase, are putting people to work right now, will give Northern Virginia commuters more transportation options, and increase economic growth in this corridor for decades.” … Continue Reading

Board of Supervisors Relaxes Approval Process for Big Box Stores, Government Facilities and Commercial Uses

September 6, 2012 Development, Government, News Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Relaxes Approval Process for Big Box Stores, Government Facilities and Commercial Uses
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There are few issues more guaranteed to bring out crowds of speakers to a public hearing than new schools, monopoles, and special events by vineyards, B&Bs, or Country Inns. However, actions taken by the Board of Supervisors at its July 17, 2012 business meeting may eliminate such hearings.

First, the Board also overturned a Zoning Ordinance amendment passed by the last Board that required large retail establishments (aka big boxes) to apply for a special exception, expressing a concern that the requirement imposed too much regulation. The Board also indicated its intent to eliminate Special Exception requirements for schools and other government facilities, using enhanced performance standards to mitigate the impact. Finally, the Board also approved moving forward with an effort to streamline the process for a host of commercial uses, including event venues and monopoles.

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Developer Proffers and the Public Good: Part II

July 31, 2012 Development, News 2 comments

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

Last month, the Blue Ridge Leader examined of the use of tax credits and other public funds to meet the affordable housing requirements proffered by private developers to offset the costs of residential development to taxpayers. We began this series with an overview of the county’s use of proffers as they relate to affordable housing; we continue with a closer examination of one example involving the non-profit Windy Hill Foundation, its for-profit subsidiary, the Windy Hill Development Company, and the developers of the Brambleton community.

Since its inception in 1983, the Windy Hill Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been a key actor in the effort to provide an adequate supply of affordable housing in Loudoun County. Its five projects on the western edge of Middleburg provide a variety of housing types with monthly rents ranging from $400 for a one-bedroom cottage to $775 for a three-bedroom apartment. Median family income of tenants ranges from $11,300 for seniors living in Levis Hill House to $33,000 for the residents of Virginia Lane. In total, Windy Hill Foundation provides 67 units of rental housing, much of it subsidized, to individuals and families who might not otherwise be able to continue living in Loudoun County, where, according to the foundation’s website, in 2011 market-priced units ranged from $1,289 per month for a one-bedroom unit to $1,885 for a three-bedroom apartment. … Continue Reading

Developer Proffers and the Public Good: Part 1

July 5, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on Developer Proffers and the Public Good: Part 1

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

On June 6 the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) released its final rankings for the 2012 submissions to the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits program (LIHTC). Shreveport Ridge, a submission by Middleburg-based Windy Hill Development Company (WHDC) to construct and manage 98 affordable dwelling units (ADUs) proffered by the developer of Brambleton, received the highest ranking with a score of 750, providing the project with access to more than $1.4 million in federal income tax credits to underwrite construction.

So the question is … … Continue Reading

Celebration and Extreme Disappointment Over Metro Vote

July 5, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on Celebration and Extreme Disappointment Over Metro Vote
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By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

At the July 3 business meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-4 to proceed with the County’s funding participation in Phase 2 of the Silver Line extension of Metro Rail. Blue Ridge District Supervisor, Janet Clarke, voted No; Board Chair, Scott York (At-Large-R) a long-time supporter of rail, voted Yes.

Loudoun County’s portion of the construction will be financed through a special tax district. As summarized in documents handed out to the Board Monday evening, the Board will establish a rail service district and two sub-districts – a station development district and an airport station district – with a proposed tax rate for each of the districts not to exceed $0.20 per $100. As Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Dulles) explained, this model ensures that those who benefit the most will contribute the most. … Continue Reading

Town Announces Groundbreaking for Downtown Improvement Project

June 22, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on Town Announces Groundbreaking for Downtown Improvement Project
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The Town of Leesburg’s Downtown Improvement Project gets its official start on July 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. with a groundbreaking ceremony for Phases 1A and 1B of the project. The ceremony will take place at the northern walkway behind Caulkins Jewelers (11 South King Street). This spot marks the symbolic center of the Downtown Improve-ment Project, as the alley has been the longest discussed aspect of improvements to the downtown, dating back approximately 20 years. … Continue Reading

21st Street Update

May 2, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on 21st Street Update
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Discussions Continue as To What Is Proper (or Not) for Purcellville’s Historic Downtown

Town deliberations on the direction that would or would not be taken in Purcellville’s historic downtown district resumed in late April as the Purcellville Town Council Infrastructure Committee received input from prospective developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis on the four-story hotel project they seek to build. The Committee’s discussion revolved around road and sidewalk “improvements” the developers want the town to complete before the two partners will present formal development proposals. … 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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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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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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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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”

”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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Editorial

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 …

View From the Ridge

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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