Growth, Development, & Traffic

Citizen input in planning for Loudoun’s future is critical — particularly when some are pushing for more residential development at a faster pace than the county and general public have planned for.

Middleburg Planning Commission Conditionally Approves Banbury Cross Reserve Project

Middleburg Planning Commission Conditionally Approves Banbury Cross Reserve Project

The Middleburg Planning Commission conditionally approved the Banbury Cross Reserve project at their special meeting in August, citing the three conditions noted in Loudoun County staff’s final report. Per Middleburg regulations, the applicant has 90 days to fulfill the conditions. Local news media have reported a lawsuit challenging the title ...
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Banbury Cross Tabled for Two Weeks

This text was taken from an email alert sent out on July 30, 2020. Sign up for email alerts >> Dear Supporter, I wanted to provide another quick update on an issue we wrote to you about two weeks ago: the Banbury Cross development before the Middleburg Planning Commission. First, ...
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Banbury Cross – Public Hearing on July 27

This text was taken from an email alert sent out on July 16, 2020. Sign up for email alerts >> Dear Supporter, Today I wanted to give you an update about the proposed Banbury Cross residential development outside of Middleburg. This proposal was first submitted back in June, 2019 and ...
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Banbury Cross Update

Revised cover map from the site plan for Banbury Cross (6/23/2020). The Middleburg Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on July 27, 2020 for the Banbury Cross residential development application, which had its first public hearing in September 2019. The application is for 28 clustered lots that are between ...
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Loudoun Development Tracker

Loudoun Development Tracker

Loudoun County continues to be one of the fastest growing jurisdictions in the nation. Therefore, both the number and types of development applications filed each month can be overwhelming. In an effort to track development applications that could impact important natural, cultural and historic resources, as well as the quality ...
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Loudoun Land Use Update - March 30, 2020

Loudoun Land Use Update – March 30, 2020

These are certainly different times… Whether on issues pertaining to health and safety, economic fallout, or simply the operations of government, we are living through major changes and unprecedented experiences due to COVID-19. Here at PEC, we are doing our best to alert you to the ongoing changes to the ...
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Banbury Cross Application

Banbury Cross Application

Cover map from the submitted site plan for Banbury Cross. The total acreage for the application is 570.87 acres, with 85.67 in cluster lots, and the rest in rural economy and open space lots. Banbury Cross Reserve is the first major cluster subdivision application in at least 10 years in ...
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Rt 15

Rt. 15 Decision Expected

This text was taken from an email alert sent out to nearby residents in Loudoun County. To sign up for PEC email alerts, visit pecva.org/signup. Dear Supporter,  Along Rt. 15 north of Leesburg, residents have consistently called for improved safety, an easier commute, protection of historic Lucketts, and ensuring the ...
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Loudoun Comprehensive Plan update nears June 20 vote

Loudoun Comprehensive Plan update nears June 20 vote

Loudoun’s Comprehensive Plan draft has been finalized for a June 20 vote, and it’s time for a quick PEC update. What’s left? The last work session on Saturday, June 15 was a wrap-up of chapters that had not yet been covered including Chapter 1--Introduction, Chapter 5--Economic Development, Chapter 7--Implementation, and ...
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Action Alert: Loudoun Board to Decide Fate of Transition Policy Area

The following text was pulled from an email alert sent out by PEC's Loudoun field representative Gem Bingol. To sign up for email alerts from PEC visit pecva.org/signup. Looking west over the Transition Policy Area. Dear Supporter, Time flies! It’s been about a month since the public hearings on the ...
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Action Alert: Public Voices Major Concerns with Comp Plan Draft

The following text was pulled from an email alert sent out by PEC's Loudoun field representative Gem Bingol. To sign up for email alerts from PEC visit pecva.org/signup. Dear Supporter, There’s still a lot of work to be done, but I want to thank everyone who took the time to ...
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Action Alert: Crunch Time for Loudoun 2040

Action Alert: Crunch Time for Loudoun 2040

The following text was pulled from an email alert sent out by PEC's Loudoun field representative Gem Bingol. To sign up for email alerts from PEC visit pecva.org/signup.    A Plan for Residents or Speculative Developers? Dear Supporter, Late last month, the Loudoun Planning Commission voted to send the draft ...
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Loudoun 2040: More of the Same or a New Path Forward?

Gem Bingol, PEC's Loudoun field representative, delivered the following message at more than ten community meetings across Loudoun County held during February & March 2019. This blog post was developed from her presentation slides and notes: View the full presentation >> Hello and welcome. The Piedmont Environmental Council is a 47-year ...
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Action Alert: Board of Supervisors to Consider Loudoun 2040

The following text was pulled from an email alert sent out by PEC's Loudoun field representative Gem Bingol. To sign up for email alerts from PEC visit pecva.org/signup.  Dear Supporter, On Tuesday, the Loudoun Planning Commission voted to send the draft Comprehensive Plan (a.k.a. Loudoun 2040) to the Board of Supervisors ...
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An Update on Loudoun2040 + Upcoming Community Meetings

It’s been 18 months since the official start of the Loudoun Comprehensive Plan review and it’s been an interesting journey. Hopefully you were able to read my blog post from this past November, or caught the incredible editorial by the Loudoun Times Mirror in December: Current comprehensive plan draft would ...
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Draft Envision Loudoun 2040 Plan

Draft Envision Loudoun 2040 Plan

Residential development near the Beaverdam Reservoir Dear Supporter, Counting down the days... No, I’m not talking about Tuesday's national elections! Next Wednesday, November 7, is also an important opportunity for civic participation, because the Loudoun Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on the draft Comprehensive Plan. Since you’re on ...
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What's Your Vision for Rt. 15 from Leesburg to the Potomac?

What’s Your Vision for Rt. 15 from Leesburg to the Potomac?

Image Source: Google Maps. Loudoun County has been studying alternatives for the future of Route 15, and while they’ve said they want to preserve the historic and rural character of the road, county documents show their intent is a four-lane divided expressway, which would attract more traffic. Here's what's being ...
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Learning from Loudoun’s Route 50 Traffic Calming Project, a National Model

Learning from Loudoun’s Route 50 Traffic Calming Project, a National Model

This paper was prepared by Ian Lockwood, PE, of the Toole Design Group, for the Catoctin Coalition, Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Piedmont Environmental Council, Coalition for Smarter Growth, and Southern Environmental Law Center. In it, he advocates for traffic calming along the critical stretch of roadway on Rt. 15 north ...
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Loudoun Plans for More Scattered Development

How and where should Loudoun develop? Weigh in at envision-loudoun.org. The current draft Comprehensive Plan allows too much residential development, scattered in too many places. Photo of residential development north of Route. 7. The following text was sent out as an email alert on 05/15/18. Please read and take action! If ...
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Fixing Rt. 15 North of Leesburg

The following text was sent out as an email alert on 05/9/18. Please read and take action! If you would like to sign up for PEC alerts, visit pecva.org/signup. -- The County should consider adding a roundabout at White's Ferry instead of widening Rt.15 all the way to Montresor Road. Dear ...
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True North Decision Looms

True North Decision Looms

The following text was sent out as an email alert on 01/09/18. Links to prior alerts and additional details about the proposal are linked to at the bottom of the page. If you want to sign up for PEC alerts, visit pecva.org/signup. -- Dear Supporter, Last November, I wrote about a rezoning ...
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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 ...
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Public Water Supply Protection & The Loudoun Transition Area

Public Water Supply Protection & The Loudoun Transition Area

When it comes to drinking water protection, I'd argue 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... In ...
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True North Data – Wrong Direction for Loudoun

The following text was pulled from a PEC email alert that was sent out on November 11, 2017.  A Precedent-Setting Decision for Loudoun County Dear Supporter, As you may have seen in the news, there is an application pending for another data center in Loudoun, this time between Sycolin Road and the Dulles ...
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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 ...
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Eight Reasons to Put an End to the Potomac River Bridge Project (before it bites)

Speculative real estate developers are once again pushing for a new Potomac River bridge crossing. Photo by Ted Eytan, Flickr 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 ...
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A Closer Look at TransAction Plan Projects in Loudoun

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 ...
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Envision Loudoun Workshop

Two Paths for Loudoun. Weigh In!

This text was taken from an email alert we sent out on June 8, 2017: How & Where Loudoun Grows Dear Supporter 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 ...
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Choices facing Loudoun

This text was taken from an email alert we sent out on June 2, 2017: Your Environment and Quality of Life The second round of public input meetings about future growth in Loudoun County will begin on June 5. Photo from Envision Loudoun. Learn more >> Dear Supporter, Remember taking civics ...
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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. Find a meeting and register! The stakeholders have worked with staff ...
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Our Letter to Loudoun County re: Smart Growth Approach

Our Letter to Loudoun County re: Smart Growth Approach

Loudoun has the opportunity to provide clear and coherent direction on future investment. That is why in a spring 2017 letter to the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, The Piedmont Environmental Council joined with the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Potomac Conservancy, the Audubon Naturalist Society in recommending: The County’s first priority ...
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What is needed to make Loudoun an even better community in the future?

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 ...
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Envision Loudoun Comment Deadline Approaching

The following email was sent out January 5, 2017 to engage with PEC followers on the subject of growth and planning in Loudoun County: A few days left to weigh in Now that the holidays are behind us, I want to remind you to weigh in on the Envision Loudoun initiative ...
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What will the future of Loudoun look like?

The following email was sent out to engage with PEC followers on the subject of growth and planning in Loudoun County: Residents Have a Chance to Weigh in this November Dear Supporter, Loudoun County is beginning the critical (but arduous) task of revising its Comprehensive Plan. The plan represents the ...
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A Vote Against Sprawl

 Developers pushed Loudoun Board of Supervisors for more houses in the Transition Area and the Loudoun community pushed back! 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, ...
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