CSTA Issues

For a recent letter, Barbara Munsey failed to do her research on the group Citizens to Save the Transition Area (CSTA) ["PEC Does Not Have Citizens' Needs at Heart," Loudoun Extra, June 30].

A fact check would show that the CSTA was the result of a community meeting at the Arcola Community Center held Jan. 19 (attended by the undersigned) to discuss developers' requests to the county to revise the comprehensive plan in the transition area (which includes much of the Dulles District) to allow heavier density in their projects.

Concerns were raised at this meeting, and it was decided to form a group, the CSTA, and ask for help from the Piedmont Environmental Council, as this group's objectives were similar to the CSTA's.

Many residents of the Dulles District had already concluded that their supervisor does not speak for them, but for the developers. So the CSTA was more than ready to join a group with experience that was willing to help the CSTA organize to get our voices heard by like-minded citizens and more open-minded members of the Board of Supervisors.

In the current rush to development, we find ourselves concerned with the increased taxes, traffic and service needs caused by this growth. After the meeting in January, the CSTA was added to the Piedmont Environmental Council's Web site. The first public meeting of the CSTA was held March 29 at the Episcopal Church in Aldie, not May 3, as Ms. Munsey claimed.

The history of the CSTA, however, departs from the point of this letter, which is citizen opposition to overdevelopment in the transition area above and beyond that provided in Loudoun's comprehensive plan. Rather than raise questions about a group of citizens in the CSTA using their freedom of speech to work toward keeping development in our neighborhoods under reasonable control, Ms. Munsey would better serve the county and her Dulles neighbors by addressing the impact of the uncontrolled growth that she supports for the transition area.

So far, we have been assessed higher taxes; we drive on overcrowded roads; our ponds and woods have been bulldozed; our trips to town take longer on roads being renovated to provide access to new developments; and, sadly, the charm that attracts people to Loudoun County is being gradually lost.

Monica Patty

Maureen Taylor