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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

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

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









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

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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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

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Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– 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


– 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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In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

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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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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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