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Purcellville Crossroads Development Seeks Annexation

September 4, 2013 Development, News Comments Off on Purcellville Crossroads Development Seeks Annexation
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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 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Farewell to PUGAMP
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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 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 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on PUGAMP’s Days Are Numbered – What Does that Mean to You?
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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 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on The Great Purcellville Land Grab
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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 Government, News Comments Off on City Status-The Real Costs
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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 Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Repeals Longstanding Land Use Agreement With County
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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 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Residents Brace for Change …
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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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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 …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

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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Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

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Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
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AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

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January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

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January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017

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Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford. The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff …

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

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

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 …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

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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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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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

18 Jan 2017

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Deadline for the House League registration is February 13. Registration for the Spring 2017 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast. We are excited to offer again two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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