Loudoun County

Loudoun County

PEC stands with citizens to build excellent communities, relieve taxes and traffic, and protect open space in Loudoun. We work to maintain a balance between the towns, the suburbs and the country so residents can enjoy each of them.

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    A Precedent for Sprawl? One by one, developers have begun submitting proposals to increase the number of houses they can build in the Transition Area, hoping to gain approval by submitting 'small' changes.
     
  • How to Find Local Food in Loudoun? 

    The Piedmont Environmental Council's (PEC) 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 720 acres of land in Loudoun County were protected by conservation easements in 2014. This brings the total of protected land in the county to approximately 52,802 acres.
  • VDOT has been pushing to build a major new highway in Northern Virginia referred to by many as the Outer Beltway. This controversial new highway would cut through a National Park, open up over 100,000 acres to new development, and has the potential to actually increase traffic congestion on other roads.
  • The Loudoun Outdoors Guide Find out where to hike, bike, canoe, kayak or fish in Loudoun County!

From the Piedmont View

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

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant

Dec 12, 2014
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded PEC a $200,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund this past October. With this grant, PEC will collaborate with Loudoun County, the Town of Lovettsville, Loudoun County Master Gardeners and Loudoun homeowners associations to implement projects that involve planting native trees and shrubs, improving stormwater facilities and reducing polluted runoff in Loudoun County communities.

Planting the Seeds of Habitat Restoration

Dec 12, 2014
Students plant trees with their teachers as part of the Mill Run Elementary habitat restoration project
PEC teamed up with Mill Run Elementary School to create a naturally landscaped outdoor area for educating students, parents and the community. This past November, the school’s fourth and fifth grades participated in the project by planting 75 native trees and 135 native plants!

This is Big!

Sep 15, 2014
The opening of the Silver Line this past July was an important step toward a better future for the Washington metropolitan region and the Commonwealth of Virginia. For decades, Tysons has been an example of 20th century development, urban and suburban areas that don’t quite work—too many cars, no sidewalks and not enough green space.

Farmer-Chef Express

Sep 15, 2014
Local chef Justin Garrison
The Piedmont Environmental Council is always looking for ways to strengthen our local food economy. After a lot of brain­storming, developing and website testing, Farmer-Chef Express was launched this past August!

Sustainable Landscaping Workshop Success!

Jun 17, 2014
Gem Bingol, PEC’s Clarke and Loud­oun County Land Use Field Officer, is seeing success with her sustainable landscaping workshops. The meet­ings have included experts from Loudoun Master Gardeners, Magee Design, Lush Life Landscapes, Loudoun County and Clean Water Action who share information about sustain­able landscaping and yard care practices, garden ecology and backyard habitat creation with residents.

Conservation Milestone at Gilberts Corner

Mar 24, 2014
Weathered barns, historic buildings, forested rolling green hills and pastoral open fields with large bales of hay—this is the view surrounding the intersection of Routes 15 and 50 in Loudoun County, known by many as Gilberts Corner.

More Local Issues

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sep 29, 2014

    “Solarize NOVA” Kicks Off in Leesburg and Loudoun County

    During the fall of 2014, the following press release was issued by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, announcing a series of new conservation and renewable options for residents in Leesburg and Loudoun. 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 million Years 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

Loudoun Staff

Bingol, Gem
Clarke and Loudoun County
Land Use Field Officer
703-431-6941

Kane, Mike
Loudoun County
Land Conservation Officer
703-371-4373 

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Middleburg, VA 20117

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