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UPDATE: Loudoun fastest growing county in Virginia

Loudoun County is by far the fastest growing county in Virginia, 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data released Feb. 3 shows.

The county in the last decade grew 84.1 percent to 312,311, figures show, placing it as the fourth most populated county in Virginia.

Loudoun ranked sixth in the state 10 years ago.

County election officials will be combing through the newly released U.S. Census data as they continue the redistricting effort. Supervisors will be presented with the data at a March general business meeting.

The population increase is no surprise to county leaders who’ve expected these figures for years, but the official numbers, they say, drives home the importance of making smart decisions to plan for Loudoun’s future.

“It puts great stress on us as a community as we’ve had to continue to build the school structures as well as fire houses and libraries to keep up with the increase,” said Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (I-at large).

“When you look what is confronting us in the outer years as in terms of capital improvement needs … We’re really going to have to give some positive thought to the ability to how we’re going to continue the process,” York added.

The 2010 figures show Fairfax County ranking first with a population of 1,081,726. Its population grew by 11.5 percent since 2000.

The other counties in the top five include Prince William, with a population of 402,002, a 43.2 percent increase;  Chesterfield, population of 316,236, a 21.7 percent increase;  and Henrico, population of 306,935, a 17 percent increase.

Overall, Northern Virginia was responsible for half the state’s growth in the past decade with 922,000 new people calling the region home. 

Minority gains

The minority population fueled most of Loudoun County’s growth in the last decade, the data shows.

The Asian population quintupled to 46,033; the Hispanic and Latino population tripled to 38,576; the African American population doubled to 22,710; and the number of residents who identify themselves as multiracial tripled to 12,575.

Leesburg’s growth

In the past decade, the Town of Leesburg grew by 50.5 percent, the data shows, to 42,616 residents.

The number figures shifted the town up two notches in rank among incorporated towns in the state from 18 to 16.

Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd believes the town’s population has rapidly increased for the same reasons the county has seen such growth – location and higher density residential uses.

“Although I personally believe the Town has grown too fast and have voted against every major residential rezoning since I’ve been on Council, most Council members in most of our Town Councils have supported increased density,” Umstattd wrote in an e-mail.

The mayor said there are several residential rezoned areas that are not yet built-out that will add at least another 1,500 house and apartments to the town.

“The growth puts significant pressure on our infrastructure,  especially on the schools and roads in town. Ten years ago, there was one high school in town. Now there are three. We only had one middle school.  Now we have three. And we’re looking at another new elementary school, to join the new ones built in the last 10 years,” Umstattd said. “The growth has made it a real challenge to try to maintain what brings people to town: the charm and small-town feel of the historic district and the communities surrounding it.”

For more information visit http://2010.census.gov/2010census/

– Staff Writer Rachel Leon contributed to this report.

Comments


Love Loudoun County. Love The Town of Leesburg.  Great place to live.  We will be here for a very, very LONG time.

I do not understand bashing your own community…I just don’t get it.


Census results taken 10 years apart can be misleading and is often misinterpreted.  This article is a perfect example.

What matters for schools is enrollment and how that changes each year.  ‘Growth’ that matters is actually slope or change per unit time ... not simply change.  The LCPS September 30 enrollment data since time began shows plenty of ‘growth’ over the last few decades. But you need to look carefully.  You need to look at the slope. The ‘growth’ (or slope i.e. enrollment change per unit time) started to decline back in 2005 (decreasing slope).

The claimed ongoing enrollment ‘growth’ ad infinitum is overrated and not supported by the data. Instead, enrollment growth is in decline under every reasonable data projection.  Has been since ~2005.

Any long term County wide CIP needs to consider enrollment decline ... NOT ‘growth.’ Makes a big difference in budget planning.


@HEREBEFORELOUDOUN
Well, that’s just a great excuse!  “If you don’t like our subpar culture/way of life, just leave.”
I wish it would be that easy.  I would love to see Loudoun growing smaller and smaller in my rearview mirror as I drive far, far away….soon enough, I suppose.
Then you pro-stripmallers can go back to your stale and self-destructive lifestyle…and I won’t have to waste my time trying to talk any sense of decency into your lives.


Thanks Nick,

Mr. Arundel also was an early enthusiast and a lifelong energetic supporter of land conservation programs, helping launch and nurture conservation easement programs that have done so much to preserve open space, agriculture and forestry in the northern Piedmont.


HEREBEFORELOUDOUN…............. AMEN


Bottom line to everyone:IF YOU DONT LIKE IT HERE GET OUT! THERE WILL BE MORE ROOM WITHOUT YOU! We wont need more stores to shop in and places to eat.We wont miss you on the road either.


@McIntosh
So I can choose to live:  A) on the set of The Truman Show (Loudoun County), or B) live in a congested, traffic-filled nightmare….?
I choose option ‘C’......the lesser of two evils, with the option to call Loudoun what it is:  a sprawling, homogeneous nightmare.  Kudos to you, McIntosh, for praising it, though.


3D,

There’s few people more responsible for runaway taxes than the orange hatted buffoon the people of Sterling call Supervisor.

By rubberstamping ever developer’s proposal Eugene Delgaudio saddled future generations of Loudouners with debt. Eugene has proved to the state that unplanned for new growth doesn’t come close to paying for itself and cheerleaders like you have led the way.

My grandchildren thank you for the gullibility, and the bill.


The Nest:  No one is forcing you to live in Loudoun—move to that utopia across the river, Maryland (Montgomery or Prince Georges), or into DC, Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria.  There are other options.


Let me tell you what its like living in the fastest growing county—Developer-run government; traffic-logged 4-lane highways in your backyard; tag-monitoring policy traps at stop signs after your 2-hr battle through traffic on the commmuter-fleecing “Greenway” Toll Road purgatory; Exxon-Mobile monopolized gas stations; Endless streams of the same ole same ole shopping centers with grocery, kiddie martial arts, nail salons, and drycleaners; overpriced-home owners and happless HOA’s run ramshod over by “portfolio managers” in bed with Developers; over-populated and underplanned roadways; ... it aint that pretty.


“Hopefully a contemplative, collegial BOS will work together to shepherd the County into a new era of balanced growth.”

Mary - That is what the current Board was supposed to have done, but after 4 years they have been a complete failure.  I suspect that is why many of them have declined to seek reelection.  We need to vote all the rest of them out, except for the only fiscal conservative - the fine Supervisor from Sterling.


Hey Lovett.  Look at the other major metro areas and their suburbs around the country.  Taxes here are dirt cheap compared to say Rockland County, NY or anywhere else.  The fact there is a good public school system for those taxes makes it a bargain compared to many, many other places.


State law requires Loudoun to pay its bills from a limited number of revenue sources—predominently business and property taxes.  Because Loudoun has grown largely as a bedroom community (people who live here tend to work for businesses that are out of the county and do not pay Loudoun taxes), we have a lot of expensive residential services and infrastructure to pay for but not a lot of businesses to tax.  This puts the burden squarely on property taxes. But we can only bear so much before the burden becomes crippling.  This is why it is essential for the County to continue its focus on economic development, and to be careful that both residential and business growth are thoughtfully balanced.  Hopefully a contemplative, collegial BOS will work together to shepherd the County into a new era of balanced growth.


proof that all loudoun county va can now farm is vinyl cracker jack houses, and give “city” people somewhere out in the “country” to live BOOOO!!!!! and BOOOOOOOOOO on the @$$E$ that move here and look down on locals.


I love it here in Loudoun County, I just wish the taxes weren’t so high.  I also have to pay town taxes too on top of the county.  It is hard, but we love and suck it up.  I just hope they don’t raise them again.


Barbara, we need more restaurants as well as more supermarkets because there is just not enough food choices in Loundoun. As you can see the people walking around are soo skinny and fit. Just remember dinosaurs are not extinct,now they walk on 2 legs talking on a cell phone.
Watch your fingers when your grabbing samples at Costco


@Barbara
Nice retort….not really, though.


Barski—We have too many Chinese, burittos and falafel restaurants? 

That’s called The American Dream—owning your ownbusiness/entrepreneurship.

The good will succeed; the bad will fail.

I think that’s a good thing.


Goody—we are back to “you people are cancer”.  Nice productive mentality.

Santana—Albemarle is hardly an example of well-planned growth.  Packed unusable corridors squeezed in the middle of “preservation” isn’t good planning either.  The two should work together, and 29 doesn’t work, unless your idea really is to pack people into unusable narrow confines.  Any idea what it costs a grocery store to plant grain in patterns on its roof, so it can try to look invisible from the mountaintops of the estates?  Yes, oh yes, let’s add that to our building code!

My brother has lived in Albemarle for more than 30 years, and considers it a “people’s republic of”.

The supposed “thugs” of the last BoS approved fewer units overall than the preceding BoS, the sainted 99, who still hold the record for most units approved in one vote.

Approvals still building date back to the early 90s.

Loudoun’s biggest problems with growth are those few who arrived 5 minutes before the people they most love to hate, who blame them for ruining what they consider their “private” county.

Those who rail against the people who sold land (to someone other than them) often bought their place from the very people they revile.

The deed was done when Dulles airport was approved.  This would not stay rural forever after that, as much as some with private airstrips for domestic travel may have liked to think that their friends in Washington would keep the international airport private too.

I’ve been here 13 years now, and guess what?  Under the “thug” BoS my property was worth $200K more than this year, but we paid $400 LESS in taxes on it.

The constant “you plastic cancer people ruined MY county” doesn’t get much done in making it a nice place for EVERYONE to be either.


Google ‘Dale Polen Myers and BOS’ that will tell you the start of the downfall of what Loudoun has become.  There was a great potential and great effort by the County to allow development w/o creating what it now has become.  She started by dismantling the Dept. of Natural Resources - it stood in her way of the money she and others made.


Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.  Edward Abbey


Go to Wal-Mart or Costco in Sterling on the weekend and close your eyes and listen. Are you sure you are in Loudoun County?
How about all the empty commercial real estate Ridgetop Circle, Pigeon Hill Dr, Loudoun Cty parkway,Waxpool Rd.,Atlantic Blvd. to name a few
On the bright side we have a lot of Chinese take outs, burito places and can’t forget the falafels.
Comments from an 18 year resident.


To all that support unlimited growth, and believe the quality of life in Loudoun is “good”—- I have to ask:  have any of you ever lived anywhere other than the east coast?

You people speak as if you reside in some sort of “mecca”, yet the people I ask about life elsewhere can not even begin to describe it with any degree of accuracy.

Yes, in some cases, growth is considered a sign of “progress.”  In many other cases, and certainly in the case of Loudoun County, unrestricted growth is nothing more than a cancer.

The fact that there are people on this forum actually ENCOURAGING the development of more strip malls, sprawling pre-fab subdivisions, Harris Teeters, expressways adding to the concrete jungle; illustrates the point.  You people calling for unlimited growth ARE the cancer….and you’re too stupid to realize that fact.

Yes, urban sprawl is a by-product of capitalism, but there is a point where this has to stop….and we’ve clearly passed it.


We’ve lived in Loudoun for nearly ten years now (near South Riding) and overall I love it here. Our kids go to a fantastic school where they meet kids from all sorts of other cultures. The traffic can be bad but it’s much worse in Fairfax, where we moved from. Shopping and dining could be better but they are coming around and the Route 50 “Gateway to Loudoun” corridor is slowly taking shape. This is a great place to live and anyone who thinks otherwise is free to GTFO.


3D… look around you. If this development is paying for itself, why are your taxes going up? Why are students going to class in double-wides? Unbalanced residential development does NOT pay for itself, even with the money people may be spending elsewhere in the community. In fact, on average, they get about $1.20 in services for every dollar contributed. I’m not an anti-growth activist. I’m all for growth that is done in a way that helps the community. Unhindered growth is a burden on Loudoun County plain and simple. We could have done it right, but the soul of our county was sold so the Loudoun County Real Est… I mean LCRC members could quickly cash in on a very long-term mistake. Go ahead and paint me as an “anti-growth activist”... that’s hilarious to me because I don’t plan for shrinking communities, I plan for growing communities. If places weren’t growing, I simply wouldn’t have a job.


All this discourse about growth misses the main point…some growth is fine, and needed, but the way Loudoun did it with the last “thug-like” BOS was too much…that group, Snow, Clem, Tulloch etc approved everything that came in front of them because they thought growth equaled prosperity, which it does not. It does not pay for itself and will be a burden this county will bear for years.

Albemarle is a great example of planned growth and sensible growth. Yes, Route 29 is a “mess” as McIntosh quotes, but they managed to keep a lot of the growth in that corridor keeping much of the county open. But their farmers there think differently than the ones in Loudoun. There they want to preserve their property and only sell to a developer if necessary, not like Jack Shockey and his crowd who think they are owed for years of hard work. His CPR group was an embarrassment to Loudoun and I remember being shocked that it made the English paper in Munich during a business trip! They were not very complimentary of Shockey’s group explaining that it was purely driven by greed, nothing more…but Loudoun should look at Albemarle…a huge swath of land south of town called Biscuit Run, was just rescued from a blot of over 3000 homes, because the State purchased it for a park…a park! That is because Albemarle citizens care more about their quality of life, unlike Loudoun. Albemarle oftentimes shows up on lists of best places to retire to and just plain live…Loudoun never makes that list…one look here tells you why…too much development…next time you are in Home Depot on Fort Evans, take a look to the south and at all the rooftops that dot the landscape…it is getting uglier by the day…and what is truly sad is that Loudoun had such a pallet to paint on, beautiful areas surrounded by fields and farms, now choked to oblivion by the almighty dollar. Ironically, my very last day of work in LA was with Arthur Godfrey…he was doing a commerical for supplemental health insurance. During the down times of the shoot…I told Arthur that I was about to move to Virginia…he smiled and said..look at Leesburg, a real pretty place with nice people…that is the main reason I moved there when I moved east. He must be turning over in his grave if he could see the mess our “leaders” made of his beloved Loudoun…


RP McMurphy has given a typical anti-growth activist response, with no numbers to back up his/her claims.  You are correct that real property taxes alone do not cover the cost of services for the average residential unit, but you are ignoring all the other sources of revenue a new residential unit produces.  I clearly stated that, but you must have a reading comprehension problem.


Actually, I do understand that farming is extremely hard work.  So. . . when given an opportunity to sell for a small fortune, why not?

I guess I don’t see the problem with making a profit.


Yeah, that’s exactly what I’d prefer. C’mon. You haven’t mastered the subject, but you’ve definitely mastered the straw man argument. As if it’s a simple choice between unhindered growth or oblivion. ########.

Do not talk to me about what a farmer needs to do to support his family as if you have any understanding of what it’s like for farmers in Loudoun. Tim Brown is not a farmer - he’s a high school teacher. His brother is a farmer.

This conversation is clearly going nowhere. Consider me done with this nonsense.


It’s also a simple case of supply and demand.  Should a farmer who has something of value not be allowed to make a profit for his family?

You’re never going to stop progress.  We have an open society where people are allowed to move.  And where there are people, there will be a desire for shopping, recreation etc.

Would you rather have a society where we are not permitted that freedom?


There’s something called sweat equity, and it’s often a consideration in partition suits among family members who own shares in the same parcel. It’s something I understand because my family has been here long enough to have to deal with some of these issues. The Lazaro crowd would like to paint this as a black and white issue, with one man “holding a community hostage,” when the truth is it’s a hell of a lot more complicated than that. Tim Brown, despite his willingness to sell, never supported the town’s condemnation of his or his brother’s property.

Cast your lot with the greedy bastards around you in the name of “progress” if you want, but for you to talk property rights while simultaneously supporting the condemnation of private property is plainly contradictory. The fact is there is no coherent political philosophy driving the property rights arguments in Loudoun County. It’s a mish-mash of proto-libertarianism, expansionism, and greed. There’s a difference between supporting property rights and actively subsidizing poor development patterns. As I said before, corporate welfare is welfare all the same.


There’s nothing constant but change.  Growth occurs. You should see what’s happened to my childhood community (closer in to DC) but that’s another debate.

Crooked Run—I find it mind-boggling that someone with such a small ownership percentage can hold an entire community hostage.  His own brother says sell.

You’re never going to stop development when there’s money to be made.  Does a farmer not have a right to sell his land to the highest bidder?  He’s preventing his brother, who owns most of it, from making a nice profit.


I’m curious then, as a capitalist property rights advocate in Purcellville, where do you fall on the Crooked Run Orchard debate? Don’t tell me you’re one of those people who turns into a socialist when it means you might make it home two minutes faster… because that would be contradictory.

As for your attitude about Loudoun, I’m so glad so many of you folks have moved here to make Loudoun just like wherever it was you came from. We really appreciate you all doing your best to destroy everything unique about our county. Nothing better than people moving to the sticks and expecting Suburbia! The ultimate self-fulfilling prophecy.


I’m not trying to distract—I said I don’t know much about Albemarle but retirement communities are very different than what Loudoun is experiencing.

And, yes, I do think Loudoun is better off.  I like shopping, schools, libraries, recreation centers, restaurants and other convenience.

I had deeply regretted moving to Purcellville 12 or so years ago.  There wasn’t a damn thing to do—at least now there is some shopping, Ida Lee Park is great, a bigger library in Leesburg,  etc.

I’m looking forward to Harris Teeter and just wish there were a decent movie theater within 30 minutes.


McIntosh, try all you want to distract from the point I was making by pointing out the ONE ROAD in Albemarle County that has anything approaching NOVA-style sprawl. Even so, I’d much rather drive 29 daily than any stretch of Route 7 east of Leesburg, Route 28, 15 north of Leesburg, or 50 west of route 15, among about 1000 other lesser roads in Loudoun. Nice straw man though.

The fact is, even some of the County’s Republicans are realizing that the elected officials from the LCRC have been behaving more like county-sanctioned real estate developers than civil servants. Corporate welfare is still welfare… and probably the most insidious kind. No one with half a mind thinks Loudoun is better off today in any way than it was 20 years ago before some of those crooks took the reins.


Admittedly, I don’t know much about Albemarle County but I used to drive through Charlottesville on Route 29 monthly and it was a MESS.

And, isn’t most of the development in Albemarle aimed at high end retirement-type communities?


3D, you are spouting nonsense. The cost of services to residential development, especially families with multiple children going to public school, vastly outweighs the amount the county brings in in res. property taxes. If what you were saying was true, we’d have plenty of money to build the 20 new schools we need to keep up with population growth by 2019. Like it or not, landowners in the western part of the county are subsidizing amenities and services for those in the east. Look up a cost of community services (COCS) study and come back when you have some idea what you’re talking about.

McIntosh, there is a difference between community master planning and urban planning. The fact that the communities you mention are now surrounded by urban sprawl is a result of poor urban planning throughout Metro DC, not because they were poorly planned communities. Take a look at Albemarle County if you want a Virginia example of a county that is growing quickly and somewhat responsibly. Guess what - growth management controls have not resulted in the collapse of the Albemarle economy. In fact, it’s a nice place to live partially because they didn’t all sell out their souls to developers, which is more than I can say for folks like Myers, Snow, Delgaudio, Tulloch, Clem and a number of other current and former BoS members. You can talk libertarian about land use all you want. The fact is, the way land is used affects the whole damn community, not just those who happen to own it and live on it.


Ryan—you do realize that the old-timers include Ashburn-ites in their distaste for newbies.  Remember Ashburn was farmland not too long ago.  As were Fair Oaks Mall and Lakeforest (both built mid-70s by the same developer—after that evil money, you know).  But, I guess those were okay since they were nimby.

Also, to the urban planners, I’m curious:  which communities do you consider successful examples?
Columbia, Md?  Reston?  Montgomery Village, MD?


Lisa - It’s kind of hard to blame the 2003-2007 board for growth related costs when you take a look at the history of residential building permits issued in the county, which shows permits declined every year during their term.  In 2007, permits issued were less than half what they were in 2003! 

I have heard some greatly exaggerated costs of growth from many anti-growth activists over the years.  It’s all part of the strategy to sway public opinion against new residential development by making residents think they will be subsidizing the cost of new development with higher property taxes.

With every new house comes a lot of new revenue from not only property taxes, but dozens of other smaller taxes, as well as increased aid from the federal and state government.


Alex Santana remarks are all spot on. His posts are well stated and all completely accurate. We are losing the fabric that makes up this because of the significant growth. There are a lot of great items in Loudoun to brag about to your friends outside of the area. Unfortunately, the pendulum is swinging due to the stress on the area caused by the unchecked growth. I fear it is too late to apply the brakes.


3D - you can blame the pro-growth board from 2003 to 2007 for that. And the higher taxes!! Pro-growth sounds great, but what these pro-growth people fail to mention are the higher taxes. Then you add in the impact fee of 2K on existing homes and it adds insult to injury.


Great news.  I especially look forward to hearing this over and over again during the budget process from Hatrick and big-spending politicians looking for excuses as to why they need more money.  That and Loudoun is the “richest” county and can afford to pay higher taxes.


Alex, life goes on, things change and Progress happens.  Being angry about “newbies” isn’t going to change it.


McIntosh…oh yeah…Loudoun and L’burg are surefire good examples of quality development. You are right, money was the root evil here…and mostly by out of state concerns…like Toll Brothers (PA), Sal Cangiano (NJ) etc…they raped the county by throwing up ridiculous homes on pristine land all for THEM…not for anyone here. I am no NIMBY…I lived here for years when Loudoun was even misspelled by the local TV stations who never covered even the weather from “out there”. There was no problem having to drive to Fair Oaks etc…the people here were nice, kind and courteous, not like the faceless hordes toting Gucci bags chitchatting about the latest GQ or Marie Claire article. It was fine to be at a traffic light that turned green and no one was sitting on their horn like now…go into the Panera and Starbucks any day…and just listen to the conversations…so vapid and flat and whiney…oh yeah, McIntosh…your family may be here since 1800’s and they must be so ashamed at what became of their treasured area…and relatives…shame on you…


Alex Santana—you’re a classic example of NIMBY and “I’m here, now close the door”.  Just because Fair Oaks was “fine” for you doesn’t mean everyone wants to live that way. 

The development has occurred because there is money to be made.  Raw land and development are always going to occur.  Pure and simple Capitalism.  If you don’t want capitalism, go try Cuba.  I understand there hasn’t been much development there lately.

And, btw, I’m NOT from NJ, MA etc.  My family’s been in Virginia since the early 1800s.


Rich,
I’ve studied planning as well and as a Loudoun native, I’m particularly sensitive to poor planning choices made in the county. The LC Planning Dept. was caught completely unaware when developers started chopping up legacy farms all over the county and their reactive planning was not enough to stem the tide of extremely inefficient development patterns.

That said, using Loudoun as a case study on how not to do things suggests to me that your understanding of urban planning - at least as it applies to Loudoun - is a bit flawed. The county planning dept. has traditionally done a pretty good job, often recommending denial of inappropriate rezonings. The dept. has received a number of awards over the years for it’s cluster/hamlet provisions and what was seen as proactive efforts at historic preservation. The BOS and Planning Commission, who ultimately control what happens where and when, has a much more mixed record. We have had some respectable members but there is always an element bankrolled by developers that wants to convince the county’s citizens that uncontrolled growth is the golden ticket to prosperity. I will forever begrudge Dale Polen Myers and her lackeys for doing their best to destroy a county that I still have a deep and abiding love for.

Having said all that, I’m glad that Western Loudoun doesn’t (yet at least) look like Prince William County or Henrico. If you want a case study in terrible development patterns, I’d recommend Manassas or Short Pump.


Alex is right.  I studied urban planning and this area is a prime example of how not to do it.  In fact, if I ever taught a course, I’d use it as an example.  I’d love to meet who works in Loudoun’s planning office and see if they have any credentials.  I know the Planning Commission and BoS are full of idiots, but sometimes staff recommendations can overcome that.


BTW Kristy,
Check out any newspaper online from VA cities,like Charlottesville, Norfolk etc and they always comment on “not wanting to make the mistake Loudoun did”, opening the floodgates to every cheap chain known to man. In the reports of National League of Cities, Leesburg and Loudoun are often mentioned as the poster child for “mistakes”. I was just in California and the local San Jose paper did a story on Loudoun…showing that “being affluent” has nothing to do with well designed places. That article showed how the traffic, crime, gangs etc. in Loudoun has developed during the growth bump of the county. Get a grip? You need to get out more or at least “read more”...Loudoun is a disgrace and the country knows about it. Why do you think the county keeps “losing” big name companies from moving here? It is well known that the county sold itself to the devil…it is fact…that is why Northrop Grumman, VW etc chose Fairfax, which at least has infrastructure, not a building in a corn field. Poor management, poor design is now coming back to bite Loudoun in its rich butt….I have 9 months left and then gone…


The P’ville people who are too lazy to go to Leesburg is exactly why L’burg is now the ghetto it is. When I moved there, our nearest malls were Lakeforest in MD and Fair Oaks…and you know what? It was fine…then the “arrogrant” newbies came in who demanded that there were shopping malls and shops out in front of their plastic houses built by the econbox experts aka Ryan Homes etc. They wanted Leesburg to look like the shabby places in NJ, NY, MA etc where they flooded from. Instead of cherishing what was here, they wanted it to look like the Northeast mess they came from. That is what P’ville is doing now…the dummies who moved there “think” that it is cool to have shopping all over the place. You too will see that you have gotten what you wished for, just another town with zero character and every “chain” name known to man. In the case of the “Gateway” development…that is so typical of the deadly dull DC area builders who have no sense of design. If they had any sense, they could have “gone out west” and check out what builder there do with their precious trees. They incorporate their shopping centers around the trees…not chop them down. Here, the builder is so stupid, that they can only build when they flatten the land and destroy all the trees that gave character to the land. Welcome P’vill you have just become redundant, dull and boring…aka Leesburg, Sterling, Fairfax…good job.


Lovettsville Lady—yes, illegals filled out the census forms.  There was a concerted effort by groups (ever heard of LaRaza?) because of welfare, food stamps, Head Start etc. issues.  You’re being naive to think they didn’t.


Although a fairly new resident of Leesburg I must say it is a beautiful city surrounded by a great area.

My son and his wife is living in Sterling and planning on a move to Leesburg.

I am looking for a job to help a family care for their ptoperty and hopefully horses and maybe some cattle.

I have no police record, no illegal drugs, non smoker, non drinker, and single for many years. Anyone know of an opportunity in the area?


Newbie,
Do you really believe that illegals filed out the census forms?  I don’t.


County grew 84%.  Tax revenue returned to Loudoun stayed steady over the decade.


OH NO!  Hat Trick will want to revise his budget proposal to increase it again because of the growth.
Anyone know where you can borrow money to pay your ever higher taxes?
Count on it, higher and higher taxes forever.


Nice that Loudoun is the fastest growing county…now how about the STATE giving us our fair share of services for all the taxes we pay (like road construction)?  Just now we are being teased with a “proposal” to fully fund two projects…we’ll see if the “proposal” actually comes to fruition.


Yes, the Hispanic population has TRIPLED and thanks to the previous story about the document mill that was broken up by the Sheriff’s Dept., we now know that a goodly number are here ILLEGALLY.


Um taxes come with the population, as one person moves in that person pays taxes.  No need to raise them.


Our ridiculous growth rate also has everything to do with the rise in home values.  Do you think 20 years ago, a house in Purcellville would have been worth $400K??  Or the Cole Farm would have sold for $4.6 million?

Supply and demand.  It’s how it works.  And the demand is a fact for Loudoun and it’s not going away.  So be happy that your property is now worth significantly more than 20 years ago.

And, the really good news is if you decide you don’t like it, you can sell, make a tidy profit and move on.


Our ridiculous growth rate has everything to do with our sky high tax rate.  Growth certainly does not pay for itself.


Growth is actually a good thing.  It means that people want to live, work, play, retire in that area. 

I suppose you want the opposite - Detroit?

I will take Loudoun.


I agree with the retail growth.  I’ve lived in Loudoun for 19 years and have experienced the growth.  It was a beautiful rural county years ago, but it is still a wonderful county now.  Yes, now we have tons of traffic and lots of people, but I wouldn’t leave because of it.  I grew up in Purcellville and live there now.  I’m excited about the new shopping center too.  This is just what happens when you are in the surrounding area of the nations capital.  We just have to grow with it instead of complain about it all the time.  Alex, I can’t imagine Loudoun, one of the richest counties in the US, will be the “laughing stock of VA”.  Get a grip.


I’m also in Purcellville and can’t wait for Harris Teeter!  Giant has gone downhill so fast since it was sold to Ahold and Bloom is okay but H-T’s are such great stores:  clean, bright, great selections, helpful employees. Finally, a large selection of wine!

I just wish they had never built the Giant shopping center.  Apparently, some people are so important they can’t turn at the light so the traffic gets backed up.

I’m also looking forward to some new smaller shops and restaurants so I don’t have to go to Leesburg or Winchester!


I live in Purcellville and welcome a new retail complex.  Alex, you should ask…how much shopping does the entire western side of the fastest growing county in Virginia need?  The answer is more than we have now.


And you can bet some county officials will chortle that this is a good thing…in reality, it just shows how stupid their reasoning is. Anything that grows 84% in 10 years only shows that it cannot sustain itself and the bills coming due now and the infrastructure that must be built only highlights the fact that this is plain, dumb and stupid. Thanks to the last BOS and the greedy developers who duped the clueless politicians that growth was good and pays for itself. Purcellville did not learn a thing from the mistakes of Leesburg, and now is paving over its heritage on the east side of town. How much shopping does a town of 7k need? Loudoun, once again will be the laughing stock of Va and pointed to as an example of what not to do.

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