Op-Ed: Cluster Zoning is Out of Touch with Loudoun’s Priorities

Cluster zoning is allowed by right in rural Loudoun, permitting approximately three times the density as would normally be allowed. For example, AR-2, which governs much of southwest Loudoun, allows one dwelling unit per 40 acres. Cluster zoning allows one dwelling unit per 15 acres provided that 70 percent of the land remains as open space. However, there are no provisions governing “open space” and too often what is allotted to “open space” is the undevelopable areas such as wetlands or steep slopes, land which would not be useable by a developer anyway.

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