Loudoun County

The following were among actions taken at the June 19 meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. For more information, call 777-0202.

TREE ORDINANCE -- The board enacted the county's first tree ordinance, requiring all new developments in the county -- residential, commercial, business and industrial -- to save or replace up to 20 percent of the trees in their developments.

In addition, each lot in new residential subdivisions must have 2.5 percent of its acreage in trees within 10 years and all streets in new subdivisions must have one tree every 50 feet.

The new regulations, approved in a 6 to 1 vote, go into effect immediately and will affect all future subdivisions approved by the county.

Board member Steve Stockman (R-Broad Run) said he was voting against the ordinance because it was drafted hastily and it might not be fair to industrial developers.

The board acted quickly on the ordinance in order to meet a July 1 deadline imposed by the state. After July 1, local jurisdictions cannot impose such strict tree requirements on developers.

The new ordinance requires that 10 percent of sites zoned business, industrial or commercial be covered with trees by the time new developments are 10 years old. The same 10 percent standard applies to planned housing developments that contains 20 or more apartments per acre.

At least 15 percent of sites in planned housing developments that contain 11 to 19 apartments or town houses per acre must be covered with trees within 10 years.

In planned housing developments that contain three to 10 apartments or towns houses per acre, 20 percent of sites must be covered with trees.

In new subdivisions of single-family homes and duplexes where trees now cover at least 20 percent of the property, developers must save or replace 20 percent of the trees in the area. In areas where trees cover less than 20 percent of the property, developers must save or replace all existing trees. In such residential developments, there can be less than 20 percent of tree coverage if there was less than 20 percent to begin with, but all individual home sites within the subdivision must have a minimum 2.5 percent of its acreage in trees.

RECYCLING -- The board approved a donation of $100 per month for at least six months to help the town of Hillsboro start and maintain a recycling center. The money will come from the "tipping" fees that trash haulers pay to use the county landfill. Hillsboro had asked for $200 per month, but board members decided the county could not afford that much.

In exchange for the money, the board established a list of conditions the town must meet:

Providing the county with monthly or quarterly reports on the amount of recyclables collected and the revenue generated by the recycling company for the sale of recyclables.

Starting a public education program to promote use of the recycling center.

Maintaining records of trash collected so the county can compare the amount of trash before and after the opening of the recycling center.

Operating the recycling program as a pilot program for six months, after which the county will decide whether to continue funding it.

The supervisors also asked staff to develop a policy on funding recycling programs. The county operates a recycling center at its landfill, but all other recycling progams in the county are operated by towns or civic groups. In the past, the county has helped fund a recycling center in Lucketts and the curbside recycling program in Middleburg. It continues to give $520 per month to Lucketts and $600 per month to Middleburg.

LIBRARY CONTRACT -- The board awarded a $155,000 contract to Washington architects Einhorn, Yaffee, Prescott to complete a design for an addition to the Purcellville library. The money will come from a library fund that is part of next year's budget.

The firm will finish a job started by Kamstra, Dickerson & Associates (KDA), which closed its offices last spring after drafting a preliminary design. Einhorn, Yaffee, Prescott will use that design, for which KDA was paid $38,563, as a basis for its own work.

Einhorn, Yaffee, Prescott was chosen from among 16 firms, in part because the firm has experience in designing libraries as well as historic building additions and renovations.

Town of Leesburg

The following were among actions taken at the June 13 meeting of the Leesburg Town Council. For more information, call 777-2420.

SHENANDOAH COLLEGE LEASE -- The council voted unanimously to offer to lease office space to the Shenandoah College and Conservatory, a Winchester college that offers some classes in Leesburg and is seeking permanent offices in town. It would be the only college with offices in Leesburg.

The college had requested a lease from the town. If it accepts the town's terms, it would establish a branch office at the new Leesburg municipal government center, now under construction at Loudoun and Wirt streets.

The town has offered the college a 285-square-foot office at an annual rent of $15 per square foot. It has also offered use of a reception room for up to four classes per term, at a cost of $15 an hour. The lease would be for two years, and either party could cancel with three months notice.

The college has said it wants to expand its masters of business administration program in Leesburg and would also offer some additional classes in other programs. The college has held evening and weekend classes in Leesburg since 1986 in various locations, but it has no permanent space.

BASKETBALL COURT -- After receiving a petition from children of the Foxridge subdivision on the western side of town, the council authorized a developer to build an outdoor basketball court there. The court will be built by Leo Construction Co. at Foxridge Park, a small town-owned park within the subdivision. The children asked for a basketball court close to home after some courts were eliminated at nearby Loudoun County High School, where they used to play, because of construction at the school.

Town of Middleburg

The following were among actions taken at the June 14 meeting of the Middleburg Town Council. For more information, call 687-5152.

TOWN BUDGET -- The council approved a $666,493 budget for the 1991 fiscal year beginning July 1, reflecting a 13 percent increase over this year's budget of $589,335..

The real estate tax rate will remain the same, at eight cents per $100 of assessed value, and the personal property tax will stay at $1 per $100 of assessed value. But because real estate assessments in Middleburg have risen by an average of 14 percent this past year, most tax bills will be slightly higher. For example, a resident with a home assessed at $250,000, which had risen 14 percent in value to $285,000, would pay $28 more in taxes this fall.

The budget does not fund any new programs other than a possible study of improvements to the town's wastewater treatment plant. Instead, Town Manager William Leach said most of the additional funds in the new budget will go toward paying off a $250,000 loan for the town's new water storage tank and water lines. The town borrowed the money from a local bank.

The budget also provides for an average 10 percent pay raise for the town's nine employees, including its three-member police force.

About 27 percent of the budget, or $175,000, is funded by monthly water and sewer fees. The budget includes an increase in water and sewer fees from $39 to $48 a month.

PARKING FINES -- The council approved automatic increases of parking fines that violators fail to pay within 72 hours. The increase was recommended by town police, who have noted an increasing lag between the times when tickets are issued and fines are received.

A $5 meter violation ticket will increase to $25 after 72 hours; a $10 ticket, for parking in restricted areas, will increase to $30 and a $25 ticket, for parking in a handicapped space or a fire lane, will increase to $50.

Town of Purcellville

The following was among actions taken at the June 12 meeting of the Purcellville Town Council. For more information, call 338-7421.

TOWN HOUSE DEVELOPMENT -- After a public hearing at which 12 residents spoke against a developer's plan to build 204 town houses on the northeast side of town, the council voted to defer the application for further study.

Residents were opposed to the proposed development, called Villages of Purcellville, because it would be too dense for the area, doubling the number of houses permitted under current zoning. Last month, however, the Purcellville Planning Commission recommended that the council approve the development, which would be built by Chadwick American of Fairfax.

Building the development would require rezoning the area from single-family residential to town house residential, which would permit eight houses per acre instead of four.

Before agreeing to defer the application, the council defeated, 4-to-3, a motion to approve it. Council members Eric Lyles, John Marsh, Walter Voskian and Mayor Eric Zimmerman voted against approving the town house project, and council members Basham Simms, Mary Alice Wertz and Lloyd Coburn voted to approve it.

Town manager Jerry Schiro said he thought the council would consider the application at its July meeting.