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Board approves controversial Evermont Trace development

A split Board of Supervisors on July 16 approved a controversial rezoning application that will allow 90 new homes within a few miles of a runway at the Dulles International Airport.

The Evermont Trace division, which the county's Planning Commission unanimously recommended for denial, is located along Belmont Ridge Road north of Evergreen Mill Road.

Voting in favor of the rezoning were supervisors Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian), Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) and Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling).

Opposing were Chairman Scott York (R-At Large), Vice Chairman Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) and supervisors Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) and Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles).

Letourneau said he's “very frustrated by the board's approval of a new residential development on land zoned for commercial and industrial purposes.”

“In fact, I'd go as far as to say that it's the worst decision this board has made during the current term,” Letourneau said. “While 90 new homes is not an overwhelming number, this decision sets a new precedent that will pave the way for hundreds more homes in an extremely congested area less than 3 miles away from the center line of Runway 30 at Dulles Airport.”

-Trevor Baratko


@oranges869 Pretty sure that’s a George Carlin line. Well played, sir.

You mean besides the real scientific polling data that is available on the county website? Yes there is an East/West split but guess what the majority live on the eastern half and they want the metro to improve transportation to jobs and hopefully bring their jobs out to Loudoun because jobs move to metro locations.

All your whining and bluster has no basis in fact.

fed up dude-

Do you have any facts that support your comment?
The polls don’t mean much as the way the questions are asked are skewed.

One of the posters on another similar article commented on how he asked 20 of his neighbors and 1 wanted metro.

BTW- it is spelled “Loudoun” not “Loudon”

Everett - Sorry but the overwhelming majority of eastern Loudon wants metro and many think it should at some point go further.

Why do we keep giving up the land set aside for commercial and industrial use for more taxpayer sucking residential homes. We need more commercial and industrial tax generating companies to help pay for all the schools we already are stuck building. Stop it!

If there was any doubt about who else needs to be shown the door along with Scott York next round, just look at the people who voted for this head scratcher.

The project calls for residential in a high aircraft noise area.  There is no other justification for approving it besides winning approval and dollars from the development community. 

Anyone know who represented the applicant?  Randy Minchew or his firm maybe?

“In fact, I’d go as far as to say that it’s the worst decision this board has made during the current term,” Letourneau said. “

The worst decision by far is voting for the silver line into Ashburn. We could have gotten a “free ride” by letting the silver line end at Dulles Airport and just drive an extra couple miles. 

Someone is going to have to pay for all the extra infrastructure (i.e. roads, sidewalks, parking garages) to support the 2 metro stops, and that will be us taxpayers.

A good experiment will to track Fairfax County real estate tax rate over the next few years since the silver line starts this weekend (phase 1). We can take that rate and add a couple more pennies to it since we are usually higher rate than FFX.

I hear the home are to be sold to only those who are hard of hearing.

The 5 BOS that voted for this residential development that was zoned for commercial is a disgrace to the Loudoun County taxpayers. Someone should look into their bank accounts. More corruption in local politics….

There are tons of homes between there and the airport, why is the airport even mentioned?

This is just another example of Ken Reid doing things that make no sense.  As with his sudden switch on the Silver Line, Ken Reid seems to take positions that involve transportation to a level of shame.  It is also interesting that Tom Dunn, Ken Reid’s best friend, has also started to vote for more residences in the Town of Leesburg.  I guess these two have decided that the landscape must have residential units as far as the eye can see.

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