The Board of Supervisors will take up One Loudoun’s rezoning request one more time tonight after voting it down in February.
Supervisors reopened the application for another round of review March 7.
The revised application is down to 200 units, including 40 townhomes and 160 apartments—a reduction from 725 when supervisors first saw it. When application was voted down in February, it was down to 40 townhouses and 260 apartments.
The latest application describes mixed-use buildings with commercial space on the first floor. At least 80 percent of the frontage on Exchange Street must be pedestrian-oriented businesses, and no ground-floor residences are permitted along that street.
One Loudoun’s developer, Miller & Smith, will also build a park-and-ride lot with a minimum of 200 spaces—although the applicant has discussed the possibility of more—and pay the county $1,465,931 to offset capital impacts, taking a $3.29 million credit for the parking garage.
The application still includes a request to reduce the construction setback along Rt. 7, from the 300-foot standard to 235 feet. Despite the reduced residential numbers, county planners still object to some aspects of the application, such as the setback, the elimination of previously proffered open space on the property, and the design of a self-storage mini-warehouse.
“Staff has also raised concerns that the applicant is requesting 19 zoning modifications, many of which do little to achieve a public purpose or improve upon existing regulations,” the staff report says.
“A denial of an application, particularly one that has been around for a long time, is not something that is to be celebrated for anyone,” said Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) when supervisors voted to reopen the application. “It is an unfortunate outcome, and it usually is a sign that there was a breakdown in communication.”