"What is the ultimate cost to the taxpayer?" asked Klimek Buckley. "How does it affect the quality of life? What does it mean when you have all these people moving into the county? What about the parks and traffic congestion."
"I don't think you can take what they say at face value," she added. "Our leaders, the Board of Supervisors, have a duty to do more than that."
_____Growth and Development_____
Developers in Loudoun Try Creative Bargaining (The Washington Post, Sep 1, 2004)
Rouse Sale Has Residents Uneasy (The Washington Post, Aug 24, 2004)
Prime Land Has Views, As Does Its Owner (The Washington Post, Aug 14, 2004)
Planners' Brains vs. Public's Brawn (The Washington Post, Aug 10, 2004)
Washington's Road to Outward Growth (The Washington Post, Aug 9, 2004)
The proposals submitted to the county range in size and approach.
Greenvest L.C. proposed a 15,000-unit project near Dulles that would be the largest in county history. Pennsylvania-based home builder Toll Bros. has submitted plans for a planned community next to Greenvest's project. The Peterson Cos. proposed a mixed-use development south of Leesburg.
Many of the plans would sharply increase the number of houses allowed per acre. A 420-acre development called Ferncliff, north of Leesburg, is zoned for 41 houses. The applicant is asking for 660 as part of an age-restricted community.
Another development, outside the tiny town of Hamilton, could have six houses on 67 acres under current rules. The applicant wants to build 86.
Northern Virginia developer Randolph D. Rouse proposes putting more than 3,000 houses on his 927 acres near the airport. Rules generally allow one house per one to three acres.
Diamond Lake Associates submitted scaled-back plans for a baseball-themed town center to include a hoped-for major league ballpark. It submitted proposals for two separate sites, one 39 acres, the other 47, saying it hoped this would be the first phase of a much larger project. Diamond Lake asked for the ability to build high-rise developments on those properties.