Leesburg Council Presses for Flexibility on Proffers

The Town Council is set to adopt its annual legislative agenda next week, and there are many familiar items on the town’s General Assembly wish list.

The council is scheduled to meet with members of the county’s assembly delegation on Nov. 17.

One new proposed addition this year is a repeal, or amendments to, the proffer limitation law adopted last session over the strong criticism of the Town Council, Loudoun Board of Supervisors, and other localities. The council is asking for changes to the legislation that would allow localities to continue accepting cash and in-kind proffers from developers. The town staff is also recommending that the council ask for regulations to address land use and taxing authority over Airbnb and other short-term residential rentals; and stronger regulations that restrict or prohibit the parking of motorhomes, boats, trailers, and other kinds of vehicles on public highways.

Two areas likely to at least create some debate on the council dais are staff recommendations to delete a couple of longstanding requests: to lift the moratorium on towns seeking city status and to give localities more power to require new construction projects to dedicate tree save areas.

The draft agenda, along with the proposed 2017 Legislative Positions Statement, can be found on the town website, leesburgva.gov, under Town Council Agendas.


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