Letter: Henry Plaster, Bluemont

Editor: The following three major changes need to be made during the on-going work on the Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan in order to save Western Loudoun County:

  1. Delete the Agricultural Residential District 1 (AR-1) and combine it with Agricultural Residential District 2 (AR-2), i.e., all of western Loudoun County would come under the requirements for AR-2. Why should there be two separate districts, one allowing more houses than the other?
  2. Delete all references to “clustering.” The idea of clustering new houses was originally conceived (naively) as a means of conserving “open space.” It has turned out to be a very bad idea. Why should a developer be allowed to build four times as many houses if he is allowed to spread them out (cluster them?) anywhere he wishes? A cluster was never defined; neither was “open space” adequately defined.
  3. Delete Minor Special Exceptions. Why should some land owner wanting to convert his property into an events center not have to go through a normal Special Exception process? The new Comprehensive Plan needs to strengthen the requirements/limitations of what an events center is before they engulf western Loudoun County.

Realistically, does Loudoun County have the intestinal fortitude to do any of the above?

Henry Plaster, Bluemont

2 thoughts on “Letter: Henry Plaster, Bluemont

  • 2017-05-27 at 10:10 am

    I wonder if this gentleman is from the Plaster family that was one of the earliest settlers of Loudoun County.

  • 2017-05-30 at 10:56 pm

    I do not believe that Loudoun BOS has the fortitude but perhaps the citizens of Loudoun do. They enjoy their quality of life, farms and open spaces to visit. They don’t want more growth and they would like less traffic. For the whole the county both East and West we need to get the “BY RIGHT” uses under control along with the “SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS”. Then we might actually be able to improve and preserve the quality of life in Loudoun for EVERYONE. Citizens need to be involved in the new Comprehensive plan with the public input coming up next month:-

    Monday, June 5, 7 p.m.: Harper Park MS at 701 Potomac Station Drive, Leesburg
    Wednesday, June 7, 7 p.m.: Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling
    Monday, June 12, 7 p.m.: Broad Run HS, 21670 Ashburn Road, Ashburn
    Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.: Harmony MS, 38174 W. Colonial Highway, Hamilton
    Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m.: Mercer HS, 42149 Greenstone Drive, Aldie

    I believe the citizens of Loudoun will voice their opinion … I believe the BOS must listen!

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