Loudoun County

Loudoun County

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  • Buy Fresh Buy Local in Loudoun PEC's Buy Fresh Buy Local guides reach every home in PEC’s nine-county region. Among the listings are 65 local farms, 10 farmers’ markets, 27 wineries, 19 restaurants, and 9 grocers all in Loudoun County.
  • Over 1,500 acres of land in Loudoun County were protected by conservation easements in 2016. This brings the total of protected land in the county to approximately 56,375 acres.

From the Piedmont View

The following articles appeared in PEC's Membership Newsletter -- The Piedmont View

On the Ground -- Summer 2017

Jun 15, 2017
Updates from the around the PEC region, organized by county. Albemarle: Utility Scale Photovoltaic Power Generation Sites in Albemarle. Clarke: Zoning, Planning and Conservation Updates. Culpeper:…

President's Letter - Summer 2017

Jun 15, 2017
Some may not know that PEC is also the fiscal sponsor for the Coalition for Smarter Growth, an organization that focuses on planning and policies that support the best possible solutions for the…

Fenced in at Roundabout Meadows

Sep 22, 2016
Polluted water is not only bad for us and the environment, but it’s bad for livestock as well,” says Celia Vuocolo, habitat and stewardship specialist at PEC. A significant stewardship project is…

Loudoun Land Use

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    Dec 04, 2017

    Why True North Data is Worse than Current Zoning

    Last week I wrote a post about Public Drinking Water Supply and the Loudoun Transition Area, but this time, I want to drill down into a specific development proposal that would impact water quality: the True North Data center application. This rezoning, just upstream of the Goose Creek reservoir, would place a highly impervious use in the same subwatershed as the public water intake. Read More
  • Nov 30, 2017

    Public Water Supply Protection & The Loudoun Transition Area

    The question facing Loudoun today is this: How much are we willing to increase development in the environmentally sensitive Transition Area? Particularly when we know the result would be a long-term reduction in water quality and increased cost to taxpayers... Read More
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    Nov 11, 2017

    True North Data - Wrong Direction for Loudoun

    True North Data is being proposed on an environmentally sensitive site in Loudoun’s Transition Policy Area. At the same time, the Board of Supervisors is asking citizens what they would like for that area's future as part of a Comprehensive Plan review.... Read more in this email alert from PEC field representative Gem Bingol.  Read More
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    Sep 08, 2017

    Potomac Bridge Crossing Maps

    During the summer of 2017, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors directed county staff to study and recommend potential Potomac bridge crossing sites between Goose Creek and the Fairfax County line. The new bridge has long been a dream of area real-estate interests, but has been rejected by residents and planners throughout the years, due to numerous flaws (see our 8 Reasons blog post for more detail). Read More
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    Jul 19, 2017

    Eight Reasons to Put an End to the Potomac River Bridge Project (before it bites)

    As their name implies, zombie projects have a way of coming back every few years. Proponents of these projects keep spending money, they gin up PR campaigns and they eventually convince policymakers that the project deserves another look. In the transportation world, these zombie projects usually share an unfortunate set of characteristics: they benefit few, siphon off limited transportation funding from real solutions, and worse yet, they often lead to increased congestion by contributing to sprawl. The new Potomac River crossing between Loudoun County, Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland is one such zombie project. During the summer of 2017, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors brought the project back into focus by voting unanimously to add the project into the Countywide Transportation Plan (LoudounNow). Read More
  • Jul 18, 2017

    A Closer Look at TransAction Plan Projects in Loudoun

    The draft NVTA TransAction Plan is a wish list of over 350 projects being considered for funding. Though we strongly oppose the new Potomac River Bridge project (24) and the Bi-County Parkway (226), there are many good projects on the list that deserve consideration and support. Not surprisingly, these are the kinds of projects that the public has demonstrated support for through the Envision Loudoun process. I've listed out some of these projects in the tables below. But, unfortunately, there are ALSO local road-widening projects that would contribute to the Bi-County Parkway corridor and others which would encourage more traffic and speeding through neighborhoods and communities. I've highlighted some of those projects below as well. Read More
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    Jul 10, 2017

    Two Paths for Loudoun. Weigh In!

    Loudoun County is continuing the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, which guides all future growth and development in the County. After sitting through the Envision Loudoun public workshops and participating in the Comprehensive Plan Stakeholder Committee, I see two possible paths taking shape. This text was taken from an email alert we sent out on June 8, 2017: Read More
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    Jun 05, 2017

    Choices facing Loudoun

    Remember taking civics or government in high school? Sometimes, it may feel fairly irrelevant to your day to day life...But then you think about traffic, taxes, school boundary changes, parks and recreation, social services, where you work or shop, the water you drink or the natural resources you care about. All of these are heavily impacted by decisions made by local government. This summer, you have a chance to affect Loudoun County’s approach to growth and development for years to come. This text was taken from an email alert we sent out on June 2, 2017. Read More
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    May 05, 2017

    A lot to report on! (re: the Loudoun Comp Plan update)

    The Comprehensive Plan Stakeholder Committee has been on a semi-monthly schedule of meetings since March, in an effort to be prepared for the next round of Envision Loudoun workshops for resident input scheduled for the first half of June. Read More
  • Apr 12, 2017

    Our Letter to Loudoun County re: Smart Growth Approach

    Loudoun has the opportunity to provide clear and coherent direction on future investment. In a spring 2017 letter to Chairman Randall and the Board of Supervisors, we joined with partners in recommending: 1) The County’s first priority should be to foster mixed-use, higher density transit-oriented development (TOD) and the focus for TOD should be the Ashburn Station. And 2) The proposed PD-TC zoning change should be put on hold until the Comprehensive Plan process has determined community priorities for the level and location of growth. Read More
  • Mar 06, 2017

    What is needed to make Loudoun an even better community in the future?

    The answers to this question and two follow-up questions posed during the Envision Loudoun “Listening and Learning” round of public input have been tallied and categorized by theme. More than 1,400 people provided over 5,000 comments through 6 live meetings, online participation and phone input. 8 primary themes and many other sub-themes have emerged. Read More
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    Jan 05, 2017

    Envision Loudoun Comment Deadline Approaching

    The deadline is Wednesday, January 11, 2017. The comments gathered as part of Envision Loudoun will guide the 2018 update of the County Comprehensive Plan. The plan represents the community's vision for the future and is the most important document regarding land use, transportation and resource utilization. Read More
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    Oct 28, 2016

    What will the future of Loudoun look like?

    Loudoun County is beginning the critical (but arduous) task of revising its Comprehensive Plan. The plan represents the community's vision for the future and is the most important document regarding land use, transportation and resource utilization. It guides all decisions and regulations regarding growth and development. Read More

Greening Your HOA

  • Apr 10, 2017

    Loudoun Homeowners Associations As Change Agents

    The new residential communities of Loudoun and many other counties in our region are managed by Homeowner’s Associations (HOA). In the PEC region, over 60% of Loudoun residents live in an HOA-controlled community. These communities encompass more than 10% of the total land area in Loudoun County. Beyond Loudoun, in counties, cities and towns that have experienced the growth of new neighborhoods in the last 30+ years, HOA management is the norm for new communities. Understanding the how and why of how landscaping affects our health is critical to making better choices. Read More
  • May 25, 2016

    Lessons Learned & Presentations from the 2016 Loudoun HOA Forum

    On the evening of March 10, 2016 more than 150 individuals attended a forum in eastern Loudoun focused on improving landscaping practices for stream health, water quality and the environment. Hosted by The Piedmont Environmental Council in partnership with Loudoun County, Common Space for the Greater Good presented solutions for Home Owners Associations and residents to restore streams, reduce pollution and attract birds, bees and butterflies – and provided real-life examples that have been adopted by many communities in Loudoun and elsewhere. Read More
  • Nov 23, 2015

    Trees Planted, Smiling Faces

    In partnership with Sugarland Run HOA, the Broadlands HOA, the Red Cedar HOA and Loudoun County Government, we've finished planting 3.26+ acres, 968 native trees and shrubs, in three Loudoun Communities. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and involved communities for helping Loudoun streams, our local environment and the Chesapeake Bay! Thanks also to grants from The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Fairfax Water, and generous in-kind support by Heritage Landscape Services, LLC and Premier Turf and Landscaping. Read More
  • Apr 27, 2015

    Sugarland Run Tree Planting -- Spring 2015

    On Saturday, April 25th, the Sugarland Run community planted over 160 native trees and shrubs to help reduce air and water pollution in Sterling and add beneficial habitat. Over 80 people turned out to get a little dirty and work together for the environment and enjoy a feeling of accomplishment. Residents of Sugarland Run, volunteers from Dominion High School and Riverside Presbyterian Church and their after school program all pitched in to plant the trees and install tree cages, mats and mulch. The planting was the first phase of a partnership project between The Piedmont Environmental Council, Loudoun County and the Sugarland Run HOA, funded by grants from The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Fairfax Water. Read More
  • Apr 20, 2015

    Floating Island Installation at Broadlands

    Working together for cleaner water. Volunteers planted three floating islands that will filter nutrient runoff from a Broadlands stormwater pond. Loudoun County Government stormwater staff launched the islands with weights and needed protection from geese until the plants mature. The protection and weights will then be removed. The Piedmont Environmental Council collaborated with Broadlands Naturally (through the habitat committee of the Broadlands HOA) and Loudoun County, supported by grants from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Fairfax Water. Thanks to all who made it possible! Read More

More Local Issues

  • Feb 12, 2017

    Petition of Support for a Roundabout at Rt. 50 and Lenah Road

    We are happy to be hosting this petition, created by Aldie Heritage Association, in support of a smart and needed local transportation improvement. We hope you'll sign on! Take Action >> Read More
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    Apr 14, 2017

    More About Roundabout Meadows

    Over a 20 year period, The Piedmont Environmental Council has played a leadership role in preserving the historic and scenic landscape at Gilberts Corner. This Rte. 15 & 50 corridor serves as the symbolic gateway to the Piedmont; essentially a transition point between suburban and rural Loudoun County. PEC has defined the vision, forged the partnerships, created the policy framework and actively engaged in a series of conservation transactions covering some 326 acres that is designed to preserve the rural character of Gilberts Corner. Read More
  • Oct 14, 2015

    Mill Run Elementary School’s New & Improved Outdoor Classroom

    Over the past year, Mill Run Elementary in Ashburn, VA, partnered with The Piedmont Environmental Council for a pilot project to create a naturally landscaped outdoor classroom and enhance the surrounding habitat. Read More
  • Aug 18, 2015

    A Great Day at Chapman DeMary Trail

    We were excited to team up with The Nature Generation this summer on an educational/volunteer event at the Chapman DeMary Trail in Loudoun County. 19 students and educators from Indonesia were guided through water monitoring efforts by experts from The Piedmont Environmental Council, Loudoun Valley High School and Loudoun Watershed Watch. Read More
  • Mar 09, 2015

    Email Alert: Loudoun Residents Weigh In, Wildwood Farm Rezoning Next

    Some good news and another call to action!Last Wednesday, on a 6-3 vote, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors voted to deny the McIntosh rezoning request to increase density in the Transition Area next to Willowsford. Voting against the rezoning were Janet Clarke, Matt Letourneau, Ralph Buona, Geary Higgins, Shawn Williams and Scott York.A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who took the time to write. Several of the Board members mentioned the letters from citizens as having an impact.Now on to the next proposal.... Read More
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    Mar 02, 2015

    Email Alert: Loudoun Board of Supervisors Vote Could Set Precedent for Sprawl

    In Loudoun, there's an important stretch of land between the heavily suburban development in the east, and the rural area to the west. And this less dense section of the county, known as the 'Transition Area', is under a new kind of attack. Read More
  • Dec 11, 2014

    Loudoun Update -- Dec 2014

    Text from our Dec 2014 Member Newsletter: One of the least heralded assets underpinning Lou­doun’s wonderful rural character are the County’s 300 miles of unpaved rustic roads and bridges— the most of any county in Virginia. Most of these old roads follow routes laid out almost two centu­ries ago. Lined with mature trees and stone walls, the roads are key parts of our Civil War battlefields and connect our historic villages. Read More
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    May 21, 2013

    School Location Matters

    Building a new school, like any major construction project, requires a lot of thought and planning. And with that planning comes the need to address the concerns citizens in the nearby area might have about its impacts -- traffic, noise and lights, just to name a few. Which is why it's concerning to hear that Loudoun County is considering changes to the Zoning Ordinance that would allow public schools to be built 'By-Right', pretty much anywhere -- removing the public's ability to give input. This text was taken from an email alert sent out on May 21st, 2013: Read More
  • May 10, 2013

    We Drink This Stuff

    Loudoun, like all counties in our area, is taking steps to reduce the pollutants flowing into local streams and creeks, including sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, among others. The County's proposed plan aims to make local streams like Sugarland Run, Goose Creek, Catoctin Creek, Bull Run healthier, safer for recreation, a cleaner source of drinking water, and also do our part to restore water quality in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. We all need to participate to make it happen and your individual actions and support of the plan are important to its success. This text is from an May 10th email alert. Read More
  • Sep 11, 2012

    Amendments to Facilities Standards Manual and Zoning Code

    The Loudoun Board of Supervisors is considering changes to the Zoning Ordinance and the Facilities Standards Manual that would concede the local government’s ability to protect the County’s natural and historic resources from development, as well as limit the public’s ability to provide input as development is proposed in the community. Read More
  • Apr 27, 2012

    Belmont Ridge a Part of the Outer Beltway? Examine the Evidence

    The Outer Beltway is a road proposal for a second beltway, further out than I-495, that has been repeatedly attempted since the 1980's. It has failed repeatedly because studies have again and again shown that the road would encourage more sprawl and not reduce traffic congestion. The reason for this is that most of the traffic congestion in our region needs to move east-west, while this road would be north-south through those areas. Read More
  • Apr 12, 2012

    Sustainable Landscaping Workshop Series

    Did you know that in our region of the eastern U.S. mowed lawns represent the largest single crop, exceeding the total individual acreage devoted to row crops, pasture, hay/alfalfa or freshwater wetlands? That means that individual homeowners can have a significant impact on the environment just by adjusting our landscaping habits to be more sustainable. Come out to one of the four community workshops PEC is hosting this summer and learn how! Read More
  • Apr 06, 2012

    Myths and Facts about Widening Belmont Ridge and Northstar

    5 Myths About 6 Lane Widening of Belmont Ridge Road and Northstar Boulevard Myth #1: This 6 lane widening scheme isn’t a step toward an outer beltway. Fact: Although many may claim loudly that it’s not an outer beltway, the road lines up with connections that are being promoted to move traffic from I-95 up to the airport and Rt 7. Advocates are looking for a highway AND a bridge to Maryland and it was recently in the news that Virginia is discussing a crossing with Maryland. Read More
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    Apr 03, 2012

    Belmont Ridge Expansion to Six Lane Highway Instead of Four

    Update: On May 2nd, the Board of Supervisors voted on the proposal to further expand Belmont Ridge Rd. and Northstar Blvd. past the four lanes planned to six lanes. Residents along both roads, spoke out against the proposed changes via email, the public hearing, and at a public input session on May 1st. The Board voted 8-1 to expand Northstar Blvd. but retain the current four lane plan for Belmont Ridge with a 150 foot right of way, siting the importance of providing freight access to Dulles Airport and connecting Loudoun and Prince William. Janet Clark, representative of the Blue Ridge District, was in favor of maintaining four lanes on both Belmont Ridge and Northstar. She voted in opposition to this compromise, siting it's impact on Northstar residents and the inconsistency of the proposal with Prince William's plans of only four lanes. You can can read more about the decision in the Leesburg Today or watch the Telecast, click item 6. CPAM 2012 - 0001 Northstar Blvd./Belmont Ridge Rd. Read More
  • Dec 13, 2011

    The High Cost of Unfocused Development

    Loudoun's 2011 Debt Obligation Tops $175 millionYears of unsustainable land use decisions have left Loudoun with substantial debt. In the next fiscal year alone, Loudoun has a debt obligation of $175.5 million (which equates to 24.2 cents of the tax rate). This astounding figure is expected to peak at roughly $240 million in 2015. Read More

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