Letter: Roland England, Hillsboro

Editor: The subject of growth is a hot topic now in Loudoun County. As the powers that be keep approving more and more development, eastern Loudoun has been turned into an updated version of Fairfax County. Even the so-called transition zone between the overgrown east and once-rural west may soon be sacrificed to an insatiable desire to turn every farm into a housing development and cover God’s good earth with asphalt and concrete.

Where will it end? Our western roads are insanely crowded with far more vehicles than they are intended to carry. If growth is so good, why do taxes keep rising? If growth is so good, why do people of modest means lack affordable options to live in Loudoun? This County has been turned into a place for upper income people to come and raise their kids; meanwhile others leave to find an affordable place to live and retire. But the time may be coming when excessive growth makes Loudoun a lot less desirable place to raise a family; then the county may scramble to find uses for half empty schools that no longer have the kids to fill them.

It seems nothing will change while the movers and shakers think that growth is always good; and the more growth the better. I suggest looking at another point of view based on sustainability. My brother, Russell England, has written a book, called, “Gross Deceptive Product: An Ecological Perspective on the Economy.” This book examines the pros and cons and true costs of growth. Russell served his country in Viet Nam; but this timely book may be an even greater service.

Loudoun County is at a crossroads; we can watch more development fill the transition zone and crowd the west; or maybe Loudoun could yet choose to find a model for sustainability and quality of life that would benefit the entire county.

I have led churches in Loudoun for nearly 40 years. But do I live in Loudoun? No. I cannot afford to.

Roland England, Pastor

Christian Community Church at St. Paul’s, Hillsboro

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