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Purcellville Crossroads Development Seeks Annexation

September 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Be the first to comment
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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

Farewell to PUGAMP

March 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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At its February Public Hearing, the Board of Supervisors indicated its intention to terminate the Annexation Agreement between the county and the Town of Purcellville, abolish the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP), and eliminate a planned urban growth area around the Town of Purcellville. The Purcellville Town Council is expected to take a similar vote in the near future. Thus ends the almost eighteen-year experiment with joint planning for growth between the town and the county.

Public opinion differs as to whether the decision will lead to a positive or a negative outcome, will make it easier or harder for Purcellville to adjust its corporate limits in the future. The future, as always, is uncertain. Sometimes, however, a study of the past provides insights into what the future may hold. With that thought, The Blue Ridge Leader offers its readers a PUGAMP timeline.

PUGAMP is more than just a planning story, though. It also includes the Town’s search for sufficient water and the County’s search for sufficient land on which to build facilities. Thus, the timeline includes some mention of these issues as well. Politics and personalities played roles as well, but don’t lend themselves well to timeline formats. Due to space considerations, not every relevant event can be included. More than likely, everyone will likely feel that some important date is missing or some important issue unaddressed. We leave it to historians and professors of planning to undertake the complete evaluation.

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Purcellville on Fast Track to Explosive Growth

March 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns 1 comment
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The Purcellville Town Council will soon be deciding on an application to change zoning and amend the Comprehensive Plan to allow the construction of a Low-Income Tax-Credit Apartment Complex (LIHTC) on Hirst Road, which borders Catoctin Creek. The complex would be situated on 13 acres of a 20-acre parcel with 176 units (and up to 205). Residents are banding together to oppose the change to allow residential building instead of the permitted commercial use (CM-1).

As part of their application, S.L. Nusbaum Realty stated, “there is no Comprehensive Plan adopted by the town for this property.” However, the Comprehensive Plan shows the area as “professional office use” and specifically states that we should “ensure that new residential construction is compatible with the Town’s existing small town character.” The plan also calls for the “protection and conservation of these mature trees within the community and especially along Catoctin Creek.” The developer is requesting four separate smaller buffers than what is required (the Comprehensive Plan specifically mentions, “maintaining a 100-foot wide buffer around streams and creeks to filter pollution”). … Continue Reading

PUGAMP’s Days Are Numbered – What Does that Mean to You?

January 9, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Be the first to comment
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By Andrea Gaines

At the December 19 public hearing, the Loudoun County Planning Commission voted to forward to the Board of Supervisors an amendment to the revised general plan to terminate Purcellville’s 1994 Annexation Agreement with the county and the eliminate the 1995 Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP).

The last step in the process will be a vote by the full Board of Supervisors to terminate the agreement and eliminate PUGAMP.

The consequences for the people of Purcellville, both in the near and distant future, are significant, and time is running short for citizens of the town and the surrounding area to voice their opinions to the Board of Supervisors on this issue. A few of the possible consequences are:

  • Traffic: The Route 287 corridor from the Route 7 by-pass to Business 7 will become a traffic nightmare. The Harris Teeter shopping center, the planned retail/office space on the Southern Collector Road (at the entrance to Purcellville on the O’Toole property), the planned Catoctin Corner shopping center (across from the Harris Teeter shopping center), and the expansion of Patrick Henry College to 1,600 students plus 400 faculty and staff will saturate this short stretch of road. (According to its own traffic analysis, Patrick Henry College alone will generate approximately 3,800 vehicle trips per day, some 50 percent more than Woodgrove High School – a project the Town of Purcellville fought for 2 years because of what it described as the traffic burdens it would bring.) … Continue Reading

The Great Purcellville Land Grab

January 9, 2013 by Valerie Joyner Editorial, Opinion Be the first to comment
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You knew it was too good to be true when Purcellville wanted to get out of PUGAMP (the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan). Why drop a plan the town used to its advantage to obtain millions of dollars for “transportation improvements” from the county in order to settle the Woodgrove High School location lawsuit? It turns out that the town may have more to gain by PUGAMP going away than keeping it in place.

Over the past year we have been tracking PUGAMP developments. During this period we have attended multiple county and town meetings and public hearings, uncovering an ingenious and complex plan by the town and county to control and potentially annex land around the town.

The process officially started in March 2012 when the PUGAMP Joint Policies Committee recommended repealing PUGAMP. And, the town dropped PUGAMP that August by a unanimous vote of the town council that contained the following unusual conditions: … Continue Reading

City Status-The Real Costs

September 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Be the first to comment
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By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

At two meetings this summer, Purcellville Town Council members discussed pursuing city status for the town. Exploring city status for the town was one of the council’s top priorities for 2010, and in a recent Purcellville committee meeting, Councilman Tom Priscilla asked that the Virginia General Assembly be lobbied to lift the state’s current moratorium on towns seeking city status. Vice-Mayor Joan Lehr has also commented that the town’s desire to seek city status was one of the reasons for eliminating the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP).

Before the town can act on this idea, the General Assembly must lift its twenty-five-year-old moratorium on granting new city charters. Concerned about the divisiveness of annexation battles between cities and counties, the General Assembly enacted a temporary moratorium on city land annexations in 1987. This moratorium also halted the granting of new city charters and new requests for immunity from annexation by counties. This moratorium will automatically expire in 2018, although the General Assembly could choose to lift it earlier or extend it instead. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Repeals Longstanding Land Use Agreement With County

September 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Be the first to comment
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Action Upends How Urban Growth Decisions Will Be Made

On August 14, the Purcellville Town Council voted to terminate the 1994 Annexation Agreement with the County and to eliminate the 1995 Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP), a jointly agreed-to plan required by the Annexation Agreement. PUGAMP was approved by the town and the county as the guiding framework for the future development of approximately 3,100 acres immediately surrounding the town. In exchange for accepting the development pattern laid out in PUGAMP, the town gave up the right to seek city status in the future. Now that PUGAMP is being eliminated, the Town Council has announced its plan to seek city status.

In 1999, the Town of Purcellville amended PUGAMP, identifying a relatively small number of parcels in the urban growth area immediately adjacent to the town as Phase I. The town could annex these properties unilaterally by adopting an annexation ordinance. Annexation of property outside of Phase I would require the County’s agreement. Phasing addressed concern over the town’s limited ability to provide water and sewer service to additional users. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Residents Brace for Change …

March 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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­­­Board Votes to Dismiss County Lawsuit – Purcellville Moves to Eliminate Barriers to Development

At its recent February 14 meeting, the new Board of Supervisors, on a motion by Supervisor Clarke, voted to direct the Loudoun County Attorney to dismiss a County lawsuit that had challenged the Town of Purcellville’s authority to ignore a longstanding Town/County agreement designed to uncontrolled land annexations.

The following week, the Joint Purcell-ville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP) Committee, consisting of Purcellville’s Mayor Lazaro and Council-man Priscilla, both representing the Town, and Supervisor Clarke and Planning Commissioner Douglas representing the County, met and voted unanimously to recommend that the County and Town nullify the Annexation Agreement and eliminate PUGAMP altogether. It is reasonable to assume that this recommendation will be followed. … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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