The Round Hill Town Council has reopened talks about expanding the municipal boundaries.
Today, the town has 236 households and 590 residents. There are 1,293 other homes—and 3,200 residents—outside the town limits, but inside in the Joint Land Management Area, a zone where town and county leaders cooperate on development planning issues and where the town provides water and sewer service. Also in the JLMA are public facilities such as the Round Hill Center, the Western Loudoun Sheriff’s Station, the future site of the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department and two planned town parks.
Round Hill’s recently adopted town plan calls for the council to “investigate a near-term expansion of Town boundaries in order to: increase the town population, enlarge the pool of candidates for local offices, boards and commissions, improve contacts and connections within the Round Hill community, increase the town tax base, and promote the achievement of Comprehensive Plan goals.”
A Growth Area Study reviewed by the Town Council over the past several weeks identifies the financial and other impacts several expansion options. In each, tax rates would likely decline for current town residents, but their utility fees could increase. For property owners who are brought into town, they’ll get a new tax bill, but they would no longer be assessed the out-of-town utility rate surcharge or have to pay for trash pickup.
So far, the council has focused on a short-term expansion area, including homes in the Hillwood Estates, West Loudoun Street, Fallswood, Brentwood Springs, Newberry Crossing, Falls Place, and Mystic Lane neighborhoods, as well as the sheriff’s station, the Round Hill Center, Sleeter Lake and the future site of Sleeter Lake Park.
According to the study, if this entire short-term expansion area was incorporated, the population would increase from 590 to 1,133, growing to 1,525 at build-out. Incoming households would pay an average of $626 per year in town property taxes, and would save $305 per year in reduced utility fees and $346 in garbage pick-up fees, resulting in a net financial benefit for the average incoming household. Current town residents would see reduced tax rates while the town’s General Fund budget would net more than $114,000 per year to help pay for sidewalks, trails and park development.
The first public information session is scheduled at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the Round Hill Elementary School. A second information session and other direct outreach efforts also are planned.
After the public engagement process, the Town Council will select a final set of parcels and neighborhoods for inclusion. A formal request will be submitted to Board of Supervisors in hopes the expansion can be completed with a cooperative boundary line adjustment.
In addition to the public meeting, the town is collecting feedback through online surveys at: roundhillva.org/town-of-round-hill-expansion.