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Purcellville Vice Mayor Christopher Bertaut and planning commissioner Jason Dengler listen to county representatives at a Planning Commission meeting Jan. 5, 2023.

The Purcellville Planning Commission on Jan. 19 once again recommended that the Town Council deny five applications by the county for zoning and special use permits for the Fields Farm sports complex and a commuter park and ride lot.

These recommendations come after the town sent the plans back for the commission’s review following an initial rejection by the Planning Commission and concessions made by the county after negotiations with the town.

The Town Council will now decide whether to approve the county’s applications. They have a work session scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24 with a review of the commission’s evaluation and recommendations on the agenda. Two of applications relate to the park-and-ride, and three to the sports complex.

The commission found it could agree to one application if the county made specific additional changes, a special use permit for the sports complex. They include having the county provide a report detailing the methodology, data sources and analyses that demonstrate the need for and potential impacts of the recreational fields; having the county evaluate the impact of public services for the facilities and mitigate impacts to Purcellville police and fire and rescue or have the public safety services fulfilled by county public safety agencies; and considering whether a revenue-sharing plan with the county can be achieved.

Commissioner Brian Green also presented a plan to reduce the number of soccer fields by one, leaving the total number of multi-use fields at three. He then suggested that the school access road to Woodgrove High School could be pushed further away from the Mayfair neighborhood into the space initially reserved for a soccer field, reducing the impact on the neighborhood and creating a larger buffer.

Regarding the applications in general, the commission found that the plans for the sports complex and commuter lot were not in line with the town’s comprehensive plan and that the consequences for nearby residents would be too great for the commission to approve.

The county has warned the town that the funding associated with the projects would not survive another delay as $13.2 million of the funding is from a competitive grant administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation. If the county fails to use the funding in a timely manner, county staff members have warned, it will have a harder time receiving grants from the state in the future. Because of this, the county plans to return the funding to the state if they cannot come to an agreement with the town soon. County staff members have said they will be looking for progress this month.

Part of the $13.2 million is allocated for the Rt. 7/690 and Rt. 7/287 interchanges, designed in part to help relieve congestion in town. Returning that money would likely delay the interchange projects indefinitely, county staff members have said.

(4) comments

WLoCoResident

Why do they have to mess around and risk losing money for projects that are a need for transportation. Power trip is what it is. Seeing how things are done in Purcellville reminds me of a glorified Home Owner's Association. People given some power and they thing they are god and overuse their power.

Weevil

This is the same town that fought like heck to not have a new high school built ... even as their kids were suffering in trailers.

RJones

Remember "If you build it they will come." It appears Loudoun county BoS will lose face if the interchange isn't approved and the money is lost. However, current residents will have to tolerate increased development. Additional sports fields? Only needed due to further development.

farmboy

More gridlock. Who does government have such a hrd time getting things done in a timely and cost-efficient manner? There's a lot more traffic on local roads and more miles driven by county residents due to the lack of an interchange.

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