Miller & Smith, the developer behind One Loudoun, has again revised its latest rezoning application, removing 200 more residential units and bringing the total number of proposed new units down to 440.
The application as originally presented requested to add 725 residential units to the approved mixed-use development and reduce setbacks along Rt. 7. The application also proposed the option of building an 80,000-square-foot indoor recreation center as an alternative to paying $16.3 million in cash proffers. Since last May, when the application first came before the Planning Commission, that has been whittled down to 440 units—including 400 multifamily units and 40 townhouses—a park-and-ride garage, a $5.9 million capital facilities contribution, and a setback along a portion of the property that has been negotiated in tens of feet, now at 235 feet from Rt. 7 instead of the current 300 feet.
Other aspects of the application—such as permitting construction of a self storage mini-warehouse and removal of a planned hotel and proffered open space, have been largely unchanged—although the developer has redesigned the appearance of the warehouse.
County planners continue to oppose many aspects of One Loudoun’s plans, including the removal of open space, the design of the warehouse, and the reduced setbacks. According to Department of Planning and Zoning’s report to the Board of Supervisors, “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 Board of Supervisors has delayed several votes on the application in hopes of working through the unresolved staff concerns. It’s back on the agenda for the board’s Tuesday, Feb. 7 meeting.