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Loudoun residents say county’s quality of life ‘excellent,’ but growth and development big problems

Nearly 100 percent of Loudoun residents recently surveyed say the overall quality of life in the county is “excellent,” but about one-third admit they are frustrated with the pace of growth and development.

The 2016 survey results were part of Center for Survey Research at the University of Virginia on behalf of the county conducted last year from June 20 to Aug. 21.

More than 1,000 residents took part in the survey. About one-quarter lived in the rural Loudoun, about twice the proportion in the actual population.

When it comes to getting the most out for their tax dollar, 27 percent of residents said they “strongly agreed” they were getting the best bang for their buck, while 58 percent said they only “somewhat agreed” their tax dollars were being used efficiently.

After growth and development, Loudoun residents said the other major problems facing the county were traffic and overcrowded and unsafe schools.

When asked if residents would be willing to pay higher taxes to fix those problems, 50 percent said they would pay more taxes to fix the county’s schools; 45 percent said they would want to fix the traffic problems facing the county; and 32 percent said they would pay more to fix growth and development.

The survey concluded that many of its 2016 results parallel those from 2014. Overall, residents continued to give high marks to county for its services, rural character and proximity to amenities and jobs.

“Both the best-liked aspects of the county and the areas of greatest concern illustrate the balancing act required of county leadership,” the survey concluded. “This survey is designed to be a resource for that process.”


Here’s an idea: stop building empty office spaces, houses that puts stress on schools, and transient restaurant spaces… and address the needs of current citizens.  Gangs, robberies, assaults are all on the rise.  Focus on making communities and schools safer and better for existing citizens and visitors, instead of building something on every piece of open space that you can.

When you stop building homes, restaurants and offices…you immediately improve traffic and overcrowding issues.

Doesn’t cost money to fix growth and development…unless there’s some sort of charge for getting a BOS that can grow a spine.


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