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Comp Plan Debate: Give In To Suburbia or Follow Citizen Sentiment

September 7, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Comp Plan Debate: Give In To Suburbia or Follow Citizen Sentiment
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By Valerie Cury
The Purcellville Planning Commission held a work session on the Comp Plan Review every Thursday in August, and also began meeting with representatives of town committees to discuss the areas of the plan relevant to their particular committee expertise.

The commissioners began by creating individual drafts of mission and vision statements for the Town’s Comp Plan – with commissioners sharing their short statement around the room. … Continue Reading

Planning Commission Denies Hastily Considered Drive-Thru

September 7, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Planning Commission Denies Hastily Considered Drive-Thru
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The Purcellville Planning Commission held a public hearing regarding a request to amend a previously approved location of a drive-thru restaurant at the Catoctin Corner project which is located northeast of the roundabout on East Main Street and Berlin Turnpike (Rt. 287). The property was rezoned by the Lazaro Administration in 2010, and given six special use permits – against the recommendation of the then Planning Commission. Granting the six special use permits and placing a gas station at the entrance of town was seen by many as not consistent with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and contrary to the Gateway Charrette held only months earlier. … Continue Reading

Makers on the Brink of a Big Break

August 3, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Makers on the Brink of a Big Break
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By Andrea Gaines
About eight months ago, Makersmith’s Executive Director Pat Scannell made a formal proposal to the Town of Purcellville to give his organization a crack at rehabilitating a nine-acre unused piece of town property near the intersection of A and South 20th Streets. Through a great deal of persistence, it seems likely the organization will make good on this dream. Mayor Kwasi Fraser is firmly behind the idea, and the organization is pledging not to give up until the deal is done. … Continue Reading

AT&T Short Hill Update: Confusion and Activity at Site Continues

August 3, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on AT&T Short Hill Update: Confusion and Activity at Site Continues
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By Andrea Gaines

In June, AT&T suspended plans to construct a 160,000 sq. ft. expansion of its current transmission utility substation on Short Hill Mountain, requesting that an earlier commission permit application be withdrawn.

As we reported in July, despite that withdrawal AT&T continues work on the mountain ridge, applying for a site plan amendment related to a separate permit on the same day it submitted its letter of withdrawal. … Continue Reading

County Considers Major Density/Use Changes In Transition Policy Area

July 7, 2016 Development, News 3 comments
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In a process drawing sustained citizen opposition, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors met on June 15 to discuss major density and use changes to the Transition Policy Area. At the conclusion of the meeting the issue was moved to the Transportation and Land Use Committee’s July 15 session.

Per the county comp plan, the TPA is “a permanently defined policy area” designed to protect Loudoun’s rural west from the more densely developed east. While it allows for substantial residential and commercial growth, development within the area must be “clustered with 50 to 70 percent open space.”
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Has AT&T Short Hill Project Gone Down In Smoke? A Timeline Of Events

July 7, 2016 Development, News 4 comments
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On June 13 AT&T told the Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning it had “decided to suspend our plans to construct the proposed building as part of our telephone transmission utility substation on Short Hill Mountain,” requesting to “withdraw the commission permit application.”

The permit process – which started in 2015 – triggered a large and well organized citizen opposition effort. Citizens “worked the rooms” from the kitchens of western Loudoun to the county seat in Leesburg to Capitol Hill, where citizens meet with representatives from the offices of Virginia Senator Mark Warner and the House of Representatives’ Barbara Comstock.

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An Overview: Purcellville Planning Commission – June

July 7, 2016 Development, Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on An Overview: Purcellville Planning Commission – June
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– By Nathaniel Stephens

On June 2 the Purcellville Planning Commission met to revisit agenda items from its May 5 session, addressing talking points from the Comprehensive Plan Review and the adjustment of zoning ordinance language concerning streams and land disturbance.

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman challenged the manner in which the consulting firm hired by the town to assist with the comp plan review had portrayed Purcellville’s options in rewriting the ordinance, repeating his objections that all options presented by the firm had the effect of pushing growth. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Joint Architectural Review Board Seeks Nominations For 2016 Awards Program

July 7, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Loudoun Joint Architectural Review Board Seeks Nominations For 2016 Awards Program
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As part of its 9th annual awards program, the Loudoun County Joint Architectural Review Board is again seeking nominations from the public for projects that exemplify the protection, preservation or enhancement of historic buildings, landscapes, properties or other resources in Loudoun County. 

Nominations may include, but are not limited to: Restoration work (including interior projects), educational workshops and displays, interpreted cultural landscapes, and other significant undertakings to preserve the heritage of Loudoun County.
 
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Dominion Power Relents On Controversial Power Lines Route

July 6, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Dominion Power Relents On Controversial Power Lines Route
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Dominion Power has withdrawn support for its preferred route for new power lines it plans to build as part of its Poland Road 230kV Transition and Substation Project. The electric power giant has also withdrawn support for alternative routes A and B, telling the State Corporation Commission it is now prepared to support Loudoun County’s “Alternative 6” route.?This route starts at the Yardley Ridge data center project, located at the intersection of Evergreen Mills Road and Route 606 near Dulles Airport. The route continues south from there along route Route 606 to Route 50, avoiding the stretch of Route 50 between Northstar Boulevard and Route 606.

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Virginia State Parks announces future state park in Loudoun County

July 1, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Virginia State Parks announces future state park in Loudoun County
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RICHMOND, Va. – On June 14, 2016, 604 acres of the ~900-acre Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship land preserve, donated by the Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation to the Old Dominion Land Conservancy, were acquired by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Representatives from DCR, Virginia State Parks, the Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation, and the nonprofit Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship that has been managing the land held a brainstorming meeting on June 27 to begin the process of establishing an interim management plan.
“We look forward to working with stakeholders, the community and General Assembly as we flesh out the details of a short term arrangement with the Blue Ridge Center board of directors for the continued operation of the site and work on the long-range goals in developing the site’s master plan,” said State Parks Director Craig Seaver. Master planning for a state park is a public hearing process in which an advisory committee and public groups meet to discuss development of the park.

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Repairs to Loudoun County Government Center Parking Garage to Affect Public and Employee Parking

June 27, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Repairs to Loudoun County Government Center Parking Garage to Affect Public and Employee Parking
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Repair work at the Loudoun County Government Center parking garage at 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg will impact public and employee parking through the end of August. The parking garage will generally be closed to parking Thursday and Friday nights and all day Saturday and Sunday during the period of repairs. There are a few exceptions, including the July 4th holiday weekend and the weekend of August 19.

Any vehicles parked in the work areas during the repair work will be towed to prevent damage from debris. The project, estimated to last eight to ten weeks, includes repairing concrete, grouting, and stairwell treads. Some of the work is weather dependent.

The complete schedule, which is subject to change, is online at www.loudoun.gov/ParkingGarage. Updates to the schedule will be posted to the webpage.

Photo: Loudoun County Government Center Parking Garage

Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Workshop May 19 – Going through the Pro Development Motions

June 1, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Workshop May 19 – Going through the Pro Development Motions
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By Nathaniel Stephens

On May 19, the Town of Purcellville hosted a rezoning workshop to explore resident feedback on future town growth. Only thirty citizens attended, as the workshop was not widely advertised. … Continue Reading

Residents Urge BOS To Deny AT&T 160,000 Sq. Ft. Facility

June 1, 2016 Development, News 2 comments
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At the April 26 meeting of the Loudoun County Planning Commission, AT&T approved a commission permit, in a 6-2-1 vote, to build a 160,000 square foot telecom building on top of an existing underground facility on Short Hill Mountain. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has 60 days to either approve or deny the permit, which will go into effect on June 25 without board action. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

2016 in the Books

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

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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Calendar

February 2017
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January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

March 5, 2017
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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017

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Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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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 …

Op-ed

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 …

Dear Editor

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 …

Around Virginia

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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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Sports

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017

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The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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