McIntosh Assemblage in South Riding denied
Supervisors Ken Reid (R-Leesburg), Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) and Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) opposed.
Public sentiment voiced Wednesday was overwhelmingly against the project.
Staff also did not support the application because it doubled the residential component supported by the county plan, asking for 81 residential units, when the plan supports 40.
The project's $4.3 million proffer package most notably included a land swap with the county for a new school. Sam Adamo, the director of Planning and Legislative Services for Loudoun, said the application, if accepted, would be better for a future middle school site but mentioned the county could build a middle school without the swap.
Jeffrey McIntosh, owner of the assemblage of properties, was one of the last speakers to discuss the matter during public session. He started out by saying, “I’ve never been in a room where my name was mentioned so much.”
McIntosh, whose family has run a farm on the property for generations, explained, “As our neighborhood changes, it has become increasingly difficult to run a farm.”
He went on to say his family came to the realization they would sell the land to a home builder.
Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) said he would not be supporting the application, but took time to explain his position on developments like these versus by-right developments.
“Sometimes the board is between a rock and a hard place on some of these decisions.”
He brought up key infrastructure projects like roads and schools that proffers from developers help pay for. He also made the point that development sometimes becomes stale in by-right developments.
Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) gave a bit of advice to developers looking to rezone property in the future.
“If you want these to go through, get the support of your neighbors,” he said.