Leesburg Commuter Lot Changes Move Forward

A sought-after commuter parking lot on Rt. 7 could be on its way, if the Town Council moves forward with a Planning Commission recommendation.

The council recently initiated a Zoning Ordinance amendment to consider making commuter parking lots an allowable use in the town’s I-1 District. Loudoun County plans to create a lot on property east of the Village at Leesburg, on land underneath power lines and surrounded by utility easements. Those encumbrances can make such property “less attractive for tax base uses,” town planner Irish Grandfield noted, but perhaps ideal for a commuter parking lot.

The commission endorsed the ordinance amendment, which along with allowing the lots by special exception in the I-1 District, would also create use standards for commuter lots town wide. Among the use standards proposed is requiring bus shelters on the property; capping parking spaces on the lots at 500; and the prohibition of commercial and inoperable vehicles. The change will also make commuter lots a special exception use in the B-3 district. Commuter lots are currently allowed there as a by-right use.

The recommended change now goes to the Town Council for approval.

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