Loudoun supervisors on Wednesday signed off on 39 new townhouse units on Belmont Ridge Road by Brambleton, but none of them seemed enthused about it.
“I’m not necessarily enthusiastic about adding more townhouses to this corridor,” said Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles), citing what is already some of the most congested corridors in the county. But, he said, he doesn’t believe the board had much of a choice. Given the county’s previous approvals of similar projects, he said denying this application could expose the county to a lawsuit.
“I am going to support that application because frankly, our land use policies don’t really give us much of a choice, and this is sometimes the situation we’re in,” he said. “The board has approved higher density applications in areas around and adjacent to those parcels.”
Some supervisors, like Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg), saw it differently. She said she generally opposes increasing residential density in most places, and agreed that traffic and infrastructure are already problems.
“The total proffers, and especially the capital facilities proffers, are not going to be enough to cover the operational costs that will be required by the schools for the children that will come out of this development,” Umstattd said.
The applicant, HK Investments LLC, will pay at least $20,018 per unit in capital facilities proffers, totaling $780,719.
“Just so you know, from here on out, I’m going to want to know enrollment impact numbers,” said Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large).
The board approved the new application on a 6-2-1 vote, Umstattd and Supervisor Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling) opposed, Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run) abstaining. The new residences, next to Belmont Trace, will be folded into the Brambleton Community Association.