Editor: Malcolm Baldwin’s recent letter showed the failure of county government to control sprawl into western Loudoun and suggested avenues that could work, such as a program for the Transfer of Development Rights. In an online comment, former Supervisor Ken Reid challenged Baldwin, and now I challenge Reid.
Let’s start with a fact. Reid dismisses a TDR program by saying Virginia law doesn’t allow them. He should read Code section 15.2-2316.2, titled “Localities may provide for transfer of development rights.” That law is extensive and gives counties the right to fine-tune TDR programs to fit their own circumstances.
Reid can have his own opinions, but we can have different ones. Like these: He wants more jobs. Why, when economists say we are at full employment? He wants the Bi-County Parkway to link Loudoun and Prince William, creating an expressway for more and more growth; I don’t.
Reid wants a special tax district; I don’t. (Do you?)
The only humorous thing in Reid’s comment was its silence about his casting the deciding vote to bring Metro to Loudoun. I can’t think of a single vote that will cost Loudoun so much money, or that has so much potential to transform Loudoun into a bad version of overcrowded, congested and unappealing Fairfax. If he thinks that’s good, then he does not understand Loudoun and I don’t understand him.
Charles Houston, Paeonian Springs