UPDATE, Thursday: The Loudoun County planning commission, after hearing from citizens who support and oppose the stadium at One Loudoun, sent the proposed rezoning application back to its staff for further work with the developer on the issues of traffic, design, crowd size and mass transit. Leesburg Today’s Erika Jacobson Moore has a detailed story here.
ORIGINAL POST: The proposed home of the Loudoun Hounds minor league baseball team and the Virginia Cavalry minor league soccer team, a 5,500-seat stadium in Ashburn at the intersection of Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway, faces its first major hurdle on Tuesday night, when the Loudoun Planning Commission holds a public hearing in Leesburg.
The hurdle is posed by an analysis by the staff of the county’s planning commission. The report finds significant problems with the relocation of the stadium from its previously approved site on Route 28, in the Kincora development, to the One Loudoun project on Loudoun County Parkway. Traffic, design, mass transit, noise and light issues are all raised in the report, which analyzes One Loudoun’s request to rezone the area’s plan from an office building to a stadium which would also host concerts, graduations and other special events.
The Post’s Caitlin Gibson reports that One Loudoun’s developer says it is addressing those problems and will resolve them. And VIP Sports and Entertainment, which will own the two teams and build the stadium, is rallying its supporters to appear at the planning commission hearing. The neighbors behind No Stadium on 7, who are not excited about the prospect of a nearby stadium, also are going to be there. It should be interesting.
Even if the planning commission decides that the new location is a bad idea, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors can overrule them and approve it. VIP is hoping to get the stadium built in time for the 2014 baseball and soccer seasons, which means shovels need to hit the ground soon if that’s going to happen. This can only get more intriguing in the coming months. Gibson’s story has the full details here and the county planning staff’s report is here.