Loudoun Board to Reconsider Goose Creek Overlook Development Approval

This article was updated at 4:22 p.m. March 9 to correct an error about the date of the upcoming vote.

County supervisors will likely reconsider their vote to approve a development by Goose Creek and Sycolin Road, following a request from Supervisor Michael R. Turner (D-Ashburn).

The county board will vote whether to reconsider that vote at its March 16 meeting.

“I’m not at a point yet where I can tell you why, I wish I could give you more that that, but there’s some back-channel information that’s floating around,” Turner said.

Supervisors on March 2 voted 5-4 to approve a rezoning request to build 238 homes along Goose Creek at the Sycolin Road crossing. Goose Creek Overlook, as the project is known, would bring 123 townhouses, 40 two-over-two stacked residential units, and a 75-unit apartment building to the area. The application was controversial both for its environmental impacts—planned near Goose Creek, a state scenic river, and only coming under density limits because county planners counted a nearby, undeveloped county-owned parcel that is under a conservation easement—and for its impacts on crowded schools and straining road infrastructure.

The request also faced opposition at public hearings.

Since he was on the winning side of the March 2 vote, Turner may ask supervisors to reconsider it. If they agree, and with the application only passing by one vote, the application could be denied if Turner switches his vote to no.

13 thoughts on “Loudoun Board to Reconsider Goose Creek Overlook Development Approval

  • 2021-03-09 at 11:52 am

    “I’m not at a point yet where I can tell you why, I wish I could give you more that that, but there’s some back-channel information that’s floating around,” Turner said.”

    You’re no longer in the service Mike. You shouldn’t be holding back information from the public. Who gave you that boat ride on Goose Creek?

    I’m thinking Mike got some serious back-blast from his lefty enviro buddies, and now wants a do over.

  • 2021-03-09 at 3:38 pm

    I finally figured out where the was and we really don’t need hundreds of new housing units there.

    Loudoun is moving quickly to pave the rest of the county and that will further destroy the quality of life in the eastern part of the county.

    We need to send a strong message to the 5 supervisors who voted in favor of endless development.

  • 2021-03-09 at 3:40 pm

    How long will environmentalists continue to take Loudoun Democrats stabbing them in the back on environmental issues to appease developers?

    How long will rural Loudouners tolerate the same from their Republican supervisors?

    • 2021-03-10 at 8:00 am

      Rural Loudouners sent Higgins and Minchew packing because of their blatant special favors and backroom land deals.

  • 2021-03-09 at 4:40 pm

    So whats to keep folks that have put significant acreage in conservation easements from changing their mind. The BOS has just set a precedent.
    “county government donating 9.2 acres of undeveloped, conservation-easement-protected land”. The BOS has been emulating Fairfax because they don’t have a single clue on how to plan for the counties future, only line their own pockets. Welcome to Western Fairfax.

  • 2021-03-09 at 4:51 pm

    This is obviously the WRONG type of development in a very out-of-the-character area of the County. So why would the BOS approve this? Makes one think. Protect the watershed BOS and do your job. Put these houses somewhere else. What was the goal I can only wonder?

    • 2021-03-10 at 4:16 pm

      It backs to a development of stacked condos, is just down the street from a shopping center and is across Sycolin from an existing townhouse community. How is it out of character for the area?

      • 2021-03-11 at 9:32 am

        Because the Goose Creek watershed and environs were supposedly protected and the boundary between the condos, asphalt, strip centers, and other man-made urbanscapes one finds littered throughout the metro area. Goose Creek is a State scenic river. To intrude upon it is to allow the urbanscape into an area it does not fit. Find some barren field or scrubby brush to fill with new townhouses and strip malls. Leave Goose Creek flow as it always has.

  • 2021-03-10 at 9:11 am

    It was approved, now they’re reconsidering but won’t say why. What does it mean if it ends up remaining approved or they withdraw their approval then give it again with no explanations? That the developers finally coughed up sufficient additional campaign contributions?

    • 2021-03-10 at 1:59 pm

      It certainly does have the feel of a shakedown, doesn’t it?

  • 2021-03-10 at 10:26 am

    Just another development for the good of developers. STOP BUILDING! If you want to move to Loco wait til a house or condo comes on the market. These people have GOT to stop bulding and building! Take a breath and deal with what we have and get all that under control. Taxes, roads, schools….etc, etc. It’s a runaway train! WHY? THERE IS NO REASONABLE answer to that question except that the developers rule the city and county. If you make zoning rules stick to them. It seems all they do is rewrite at a developers’ whims . The allowances (forget correct term) they give to get what they want is all BS!

  • 2021-03-10 at 2:31 pm

    I emailed my rep, Tony Buffington, and voiced my displeasure, urging him to reconsider. He was elected on a slow growth platform. If you don’t want Loudoun to become FFX you need to hold your BOS accountable.

  • 2021-03-10 at 7:33 pm

    Ok how about new construction is based on the number of Loudoun County resident deaths per year? One hundred dead, 100 homes.

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