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:
- 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?
- 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.
- 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