Planning Commission Marks Another Busy Year

The Loudoun County Planning Commission took on 101 land use applications in 2016, reported Chairman Jeff Salmon (Dulles) in the commissions annual report to the Board of Supervisors.

In that time, the commission took on 14 proposed ordinance changes tackling supervisors’ strategic plans and two comprehensive plan amendments. Salmon and Vice Chairwoman Kathy Blackburn (Algonkian) also chair the county’s comprehensive plan stakeholders committee.

Salmon wrote that among those 101 applications were “an increasing number of special exception applications that reflect continuing, strong commercial development activity.”

The commission also lost 13-year commissioner Robert “Bob” Klancher in May 2016. His loss was publicly mourned by commissioners and supervisors, and he was remembered with a Resolution of Respect from the Board of Supervisors and a rare Signatures of Loudoun Lifetime Achievement Award from the Loudoun County Design Cabinet.

In that time, the commission also approved AT&T’s application to build a massive building on top of Short Hill Mountain. Under intense public scrutiny and pressure, AT&T later withdrew its application for that shadowy facility.

In part because that application was withdrawn rather than overturned at the Board of Supervisors, the Board of Supervisors voted with the commission on every application it saw this year.

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