Retirement Community Opposes Fast Food Restaurant Plans

Households in the Regency at Belmont retirement community next to a proposed drive-through fast food restaurant have voiced unanimous opposition to the proposal.

Developer Regency Centers has filed an application for a zoning special exception to permit an auto service and gas station flanking a commercial area under construction along Claiborne Parkway. The fast food restaurant would be at the intersection of Claiborne Parkway and Belmont Chapel Drive, next to townhouses in the retirement community on Stewart Gap Terrace and Hanes Hall Terrace.

The proposal is across Claiborne Parkway from a shopping center anchored by a Whole Foods.

Residents of every nearby townhouse, 18 households in total, have signed onto a letter urging the county to deny the application, saying they were “horrified and angered” to learn of the fast food restaurant plans.

“Toll Brothers did not inform us when we were purchasing our new homes that the adjacent commercial development would be a fast food drive-through restaurant,” reads the letter. “Rather, we understood that the forthcoming business would be a low-impact, attractive and positive part of our quiet Age 55+ community, compatible with and beneficial to our neighborhood.”

They argued the fast food restaurant is incompatible with the neighborhood, including potential early-morning and late-night operations, ambient light, traffic, noise, and impacts to safety and home values.

“…The proposed commercial uses are in keeping with the Plan’s vision for creating a vibrant mixed-used community in this area of the County,” the developer wrote in the Statement of Justification, part of the zoning application. “Commuters and other residents might be initially drawn to this location because of the automobile service station and drive-through restaurant, but the increased trips into the Property would likely also benefit the other business establishments in the vicinity.”

The application is still going through staff and referral agency reviews. To win approval, it will have to go through public hearings at the Planning Commission and then the Board of Supervisors, which has final authority to approve or deny the application.

This article was updated Aug. 16 at 7:07 p.m. to correct an error in the name of the community.

Part of a plat depicting plans to build a fast food restaurant next to Regency at Belmont. [Loudoun County]

9 thoughts on “Retirement Community Opposes Fast Food Restaurant Plans

  • 2022-08-15 at 2:52 pm
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    I hope officials put the kibosh in this fast-food restaurant proposal. I wouldn’t like a fast-food restaurant next to my community, regardless of age or income. It’s not an amenity that’s conducive to the peaceful enjoyment of one’s dwelling. Happy Feast of the Assumption Loudoun!

  • 2022-08-15 at 4:57 pm
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    Developers weren’t transparent? Surprise! (not)

  • 2022-08-15 at 7:26 pm
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    I’ve no dog in this fight but I have often thought there were far too few drive-thru establishments in Loudoun. I once heard Matt Letourneau hated them and worked to deny permits at every chance.

    But, this doesn’t seem like “McDonald’s Territory” so I can see why residents are upset. Still, no one is entitled to know what may eventually be built on vacant lots near their homes. That sounds a bit entitled to me. I knew there was an airport near my home so I don’t complain about the noise.

  • 2022-08-15 at 10:32 pm
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    What did you expect from Droll Brothers, integrity? Ha…all they want to do is take your money and put up more their crappy looking houses. Like Carrington Homes, their goal is to rape Loudoun County until it is a mirror image of Fairfax or worse New Jersey. Fight it!

  • 2022-08-16 at 8:49 am
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    How many drive thrus do we need! Every bloody corner has 1 or more…how about a nice coffee shop or cafe that would be in keeping with the integrity of the area? Not as much residual $ in that? The Golden Rule..he with the gold, rules!

  • 2022-08-16 at 9:04 am
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    Yeah, all those office buildings, major thoroughfares and commercial developments nearby… weren’t they clues that these buyers weren’t purchasing a home in a pastoral setting?

    Good grief. Just look around.

    And just think of how the wildlife felt when their habitat was bulldozed to make way for rows of Regency at Belmont Chase townhouses.

  • 2022-08-16 at 9:31 am
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    Talk about NIMBYism on steroids. God forbid anybody build anything in this County. The fact that this has generated comments in line with the opposition to this project tells me everything I need to know about who engages regularly on this website. Some people in this County are trying to generate economic activity and keep Loudoun successful, and then there are the folks who have a taste of the good life and don’t want anyone else coming in the door behind them. Sad to see such outright opposition to a project where they don’t even know what the specific end user is going to be. Hope that at least some of the residents here can keep an open mind and work together to not completely infringe on private property rights. Don’t tread on me, am I right?

  • 2022-08-16 at 2:33 pm
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    EITHER YOU HAVE A PROMISSORY ESTOPPEL ISSUE AGAINST TOLL or a political issue with the BOS. The first instance you get paid – whereas the second instance it may cost you for INFLUENCE! I GUESS THE NEW GREEN DEAL IS REALLY ABOUT THE GREEN! 🙂

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