Virginia Fusion Football Club, a partner of FC Virginia, has applied to build its soccer fields near the intersection of Evergreen Mills Road and Belmont Ridge Road on Briarfield Lane.
A soccer field and building already stand on the property, but Virginia Fusion president Branko Pantovich would like to be able to build a FIFA-sized field—which could also alternate as two youth fields—and lighting for the field. Russ Forno, a land use planner with the law firm Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, said the field would help address a shortage of athletic fields in Loudoun and the region.
Virginia Fusion plans to use the field only as a practice field, with no plans for competition.
But county staff have voiced concern about light from the field spilling over into adjacent properties, not enough buffer space at the property’s edges, and not enough parking.
“Generally these perceived incompatibilities appear to be the result of the applicant perhaps trying to do too much on a small site,” said Department of Planning and Zoning Project Manager Steve Barney.
The project has also generated much public comment—both from its supports, like FC Virginia, and from people concerned about the lights and noise, and the burden of additional traffic on Evergreen Mills Road.
The Planning Commission will continue to mull the application before making a recommendation.