Purcellville Council Advances Planning, Zoning Changes

The Town Council last week pushed ahead with several development policy changes that have been targeted by new members.

The council held a public hearing on a proposal to restrict building heights to three floors or 45 feet in the downtown C-4 zoning district. A previous council has set the maximum height at 45 feet. Council members want to add the three-floor limit as well. The action is driven by opposition to the Vineyard Square development, which is approved along North 21st Street. The issue will come back to the council for a final vote.

The council also agreed to formally ask the Loudoun Board of Supervisors to delete the town’s Northern Collector Road from the Countywide Transportation Plan. Council members are concerned about the impact the road would have on several homes in the Wright Farm subdivision north of the town limits.

Mayor Kwasi Fraser urged the staff to accelerate zoning ordinance changes that would make it clear that duplex homes could not be built with common walls that are only underground. Town planners and council members have been debating ways to more clearly define duplex construction, but Fraser said the talks have become too complex and moved far beyond his effort to ensure developers don’t skirt town regulations.

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