Leesburg Master Plan Near Completion
Leesburg planning officials are nearing completion of the town's comprehensive plan and, according to Mayor Robert Sevila, the land use document may go to public hearing by the end of the month.
The plan is important, Sevila said, because the town's waste water treatment plant is undergoing a $9 million expansion.
The expansion was prompted by the expected growth around the town, particularly growth connected with the multimillion dollar Xerox development, which officials said will have "tremendous impact on the town."
The mayor said he expects a resolution soon in the disagreement between Leesburg and Loudoun County over which jurisdiction should supply sewer service to a section of the Xerox development called Potomac Park.
"This is a friendly and good faith dispute," Sevila said.
There are two apparently contradictory agreements on the books.
One, written in 1972, gives Loudoun County the authority to supply service to the entire development.
Sevila said that a 1984 accord required that the county and the town reach mutual agreement on sewer expansion in an area around Leesburg, which includes Potomac Park. Purcellville Concerned About Growth
With a population of 1,600, Purcellville has only 10 water hookups available and officials are viewing possible growth with some concern, according to Town Manager William Dennis. Some developers are proposing homes that would cost more than $100,000, he said.
Early this year, town officials will discuss how residential development will affect the town's tax base and the quality of its water before making decisions on new land use, he said. Middleburg Seeks New Well Site
A site recently approved by the Middleburg Planning Commission for a third town well was withdrawn by its owner and officials are looking for a new site, said Mayor Loyal McMillan.
"We have a couple of options," he said. "We'll leave it to our engineers to make the decision."
While a third well is not a pressing necessity, developers have indicated an interest in Middleburg, the mayor said, and "we're just loooking ahead." Round Hill Water Project Planned
Round Hill officials will meet with officials of the Virginia state Housing and Community Development Department in Richmond this month to make preliminary plans for a water line project for which the town was recently awarded a $700,000 grant.
Mayor Jeff Wolford said it is possible that the selection process for an engineer can begin before the end of January. The town will pay for part of the project, which will replace 85 percent of its in-town water lines, with $105,500 from its own budget.
The contract for the work will be signed in March, Wolford said, "and we want to hit the ground running." Round Hill has been under a 10-year state health department mandate to improve its water supply. Hamilton Well Approval Pending
Water is also on the 1986 agenda for Hamilton, according to Town Clerk Kay Tewell. Although the town has 10 wells, not all are in operation.
A new well, currently awaiting site approval by the state heatlh department, is located in Hamilton Acres at the west end of town. Once the new well is operating, Tewell said, the ban on new water hookups will be lifted. A ban on hookups outside of the town will remain in effect. Hillsboro Weighs Replacing Water Lines
Hillsboro, with 125 residents, has less pressing water needs but they are important nevertheless, according to Mayor Alexandra Spaith. This month the Town Council will decide whether to ask the Fairfax engineering firm of Dewberry and Davis to estimate the cost of replacing one of the town's two water lines. The one that needs replacing runs through the center of town, is 50 years old and leaks, Spaith said. Lovettsville Zoning Dispute To Be Aired
A resolution of the protracted dispute over the proposed Lovettsville zoning map and comprehensive plan will head the January agenda, according to Mayor J.R. Hummer.
The controversy, entering its second year, centers on whether two parcels of land owned by Hummer, his wife Grace L. Hummer, who is a member of the Town Council, and another council member should be rezoned from residential to commercial. Some residents oppose the move, saying they don't want commercial property across from the elementary school. The mayor said the issue should be settled by the end of the month.
In addition, the New Year will see engineers begin a $700,000 rehabilitation project on the town's sewage system to be paid for with a state grant. The project will open the northern part of town for development, Hummer said.
"When the new Washington-Northern Virginia commuter train opens, we'll be just two miles from the station," he said. "I think we'll see pressure to grow then."