Loudoun County Administrator Kirby M. Bowers has asked the Town of Herndon for details and documents related to its approval of a day-laborer center on the Loudoun-Fairfax border.
Kirby said the information would be reviewed by Loudoun's zoning administrator to see whether the site requires zoning approval by Loudoun.
The Herndon Town Council on Wednesday approved establishing a center for workers to wait to be picked up for construction and other jobs. The Town Council's vote also approves the use of $175,000 in public money to create the center. The facility would be housed in a former police station on a 12-acre site at Rock Hill and Sterling roads and would be operated by Project Hope and Harmony, a social services agency.
The police station is on the Herndon side of the site, but Loudoun officials say the vehicle entrance is in their county. In an unofficial evaluation of the proposal earlier this month, Loudoun Zoning Administrator Melinda Artman said that using the property as a day-laborer center would require a special-exception permit because the site is zoned for residential use, not commercial purposes. The site also would need to be operated by the Town of Herndon, she said.
"A portion of this property is in Loudoun County," Bowers said in a statement Thursday. "We are requesting that the Town of Herndon provide us with a complete package of materials on the conditional-use permit. ... I will forward the information to the zoning administrator for review and a formal determination as to compliance with the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance."
Bowers said he expected that Artman would "have a determination within one to two weeks after we receive the materials from Herndon. We will make the determination public at that time."
Eugene A. Delgaudio (R-Sterling), one of three Loudoun supervisors who attended the Herndon Town Council meeting, asked that the nine-member Board of Supervisors be polled on whether to take immediate legal action against the day-laborer site. The site is flanked by townhouse developments, some of whose residents oppose its use as a day-laborer center.
"Loudoun does not wish any action to be taken without our, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, involvement or input," Delgaudio said in a letter to Bowers, county attorney John R. Roberts and other supervisors. "It is clear the Fairfax Board of Supervisors, the applicant and the Herndon Town Council all consider Loudoun's interests to be secondary to pushing this through."