From quarry to community: Looking at the huge Waterside development application
Here’s what would be included in the new project when fully built out: 2,595 dwelling units, 395 of which will be age-restricted units; two hotels with at least 175 rooms; an elementary school site; 1.25 million square feet of office space; around 500,000 square feet of retail space; a fire/rescue site; and multiple road improvements.
Chantilly Crushed Stone hopes to create a man-made lake as the centerpiece of the development. The company would bring in fill to stabilize the quarry, then the existing “hole” would be topped off with water to create the lake.
A residential element on the northern portion of the property, which was originally proposed in a 2012 application, has now been eliminated. Cooley, Chantilly Crushed Stone's land use firm, says this would delay residential development on the land until after 2020.
Townhomes were also a part of the original application but have now been eliminated. Multi-family dwellings, which generally produce fewer school-aged children than single family detached homes and townhouses, will make up a majority of the residential component in the application.
Age-restricted residential housing and an active adult community have also been added to the plan to “transition to the residential existing along Rock Hill Road.” Age-restricted housing usually means housing for people 55 and older.
In addition, developers are looking into an “urban-style” elementary school site which would be co-located with a library to create civic space near the multi-family units Chantilly Crushed Stone is proposing.
A letter sent to the county's planning department stated developers from Waterside were told by Loudoun County Public Schools neither a high school nor middle school site would be needed with the application, but that an elementary school would be appropriate.
Transportation improvements mentioned in the application included a widening of Route 606, an extension of Davis Drive north and south of Route 606, a Shaw Road extension, a Pacific Boulevard Connection, a Dulles Greenway connection, multiple other road connections and a shuttle bus service.
The Board has allowed for rezonings of Evermont Trace and recently Tuscarora Crossing. Both passed on 5-4 votes.
At the March 4 Board of Supervisors business meeting Supervisors Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) and Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) both said that rezonings are difficult, because in some cases it’s better to take a favorable proffer package and be proactive about developing certain areas than to simply allow by-right development which might no longer fit with the county’s future plans.
Letourneau and Buona each voted against the Tuscarora Crossing and Evermont Trace rezoning applications.
An Urban Land Institute study presented to the board in 2014 noted it will be important to have a mixed-use development inclusive of residential development near the metro. The board is currently looking at revising the county’s Comprehensive Plan, with a specific focus on how to develop land near the future Silver Line Stations.
Those discussions will be coming at the same time the application is going through the planning and board processes.
The Waterside project will be located in the metro tax district, which means it can be taxed at a higher rate than other properties.
The revised application has not made it onto the board’s agenda yet but should be making its way through the planning commission in the next few months.
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