Thursday

Loudoun Raises Builders' Fees In Bid to Cover Growths' Costs

* Loudoun County officials increased the fees developers are expected to pay when they ask to rezone land for new houses-- making those charges among the highest for builders anywhere in the state, according to industry officials. The Loudoun Board of Supervisors said the county would ask developers to pay $10,712 per dwelling for many of the single-family houses they build. Under Loudoun's old rules, the expected payment varied from $4,550 to $10,290 per house, depending on location. Loudoun, the region's fastest-growing county, is the latest Virginia locality to try to get developers to cover more of the cost of building new schools, libraries and other public buildings demanded by burgeoning populations.

Saturday

Blasting Blamed as Rocks Rain Onto Broadlands Houses, Cars

* Rocks, some the size of soccer balls, pelted houses and cars on a cul-de-sac in Broadlands last Thursday afternoon in a blasting accident as land was being cleared for nearby development. At one house, rocks ripped holes through the roof and smashed through kitchen windows. A crew was blasting diabase rock on a nearby tract, making room for the basement of a new house in Broadlands, which is being developed by Terrabrook. The blasting was done by William A. Hazel Co., which completes site work in preparation for development. Thomas H. D'Alesandro IV, a regional vice president of Terrabrook, said blasting has been suspended pending an investigation.

Wednesday

15 Indicted on Perjury Charges In Voter Registration Probe

* A Loudoun County grand jury has indicted 15 people on felony perjury charges for allegedly lying about their criminal records on voter registration forms. The defendants, who were identified when Virginia officials last year conducted an audit of voter rolls statewide, each face two felony charges that carry a maximum of 10 years in prison. "Some of these people are violent offenders, beatings and breaking and enterings and grand larcenies," said Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert D. Anderson. "They filled out the voter registration and in the area where it said, 'Have you ever been convicted of a felony,' they checked no."

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