Members of the Board of Supervisors’ Transportation and Land Use Committee are nearing agreement on plans for a housing project that stands to shape development near Loudoun’s future Metro stations.
The proposed Silver District West project envisions a 3,706-home mixed-use development on 158 acres along the Dulles Greenway, stretching almost the length of the track between the two Loudoun Metro stations. With the county’s Envision Loudoun work to rewrite its comprehensive plan—including expected big changes in planning around the Metro area—behind its original schedule, county planners and supervisors are forced to make many decisions about the future of development in that area through the review of individual development applications instead.
Silver District West proposes 381 townhouses, 3,325 apartments, almost 980,000 square feet of commercial development, and sites for an elementary school and a public park. The developers and their representative, and county staff members have been ironing out the details—such as increasing the area for a Broad Run Trail park from approximately nine acres to approximately 23.
The county is also still ironing out where to allow homes near Dulles Airport—the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority is in the middle of a new airport noise impact study—and what the developer will need to do to offset the development’s toll on county services like roads and schools. Among other contributions, the developer has offered to widen Loudoun County Parkway to six lanes between Shellhorn Road and Ryan Road, install new traffic signals and improve several other roads in the area, and pay $64.9 to $96 million to the county, depending on how the property develops.
Questions remains—such as what an urban-style school on the proffered eight-acre site would look like. The Transportation and Land Use Committee will meet at least one more time on this application before making a recommendation in September.