Proposed development in Broadlands faces resistance from Loudoun supervisors
If approved, Broadlands Associates, LLP will construct a 12-acre commercial and retail development at the northwest end of the intersection of Broadlands Boulevard and Claiborne Parkway south of the Dulles Greenway. That parcel would include office space, a mini-warehouse and popular German grocer Lidl.
The applicant is also proposing to build 28 townhomes on a separate seven-acre property on the other side of Claiborne Parkway at the northeast end of the intersection of Broadlands Boulevard and the Dulles Greenway. That parcel was originally planned to be proffered to the county for public use. Instead of its original public use proffer, the applicant instead would proffer out $2.3 million for recreational uses in Ashburn.
But traffic and congestion in an already crowded neighborhood were among the top concerns of both supervisors and the community.
“I’m not opposed to new development in general, but I also feel what makes Broadlands special … is how well it has been planned,” said Broadlands resident Mark Vachher, who lives near the site of the proposed commercial space. “Deviating from that plan, where there’s already three existing commercial centers in Broadlands, doesn’t make sense to me.”
Vachher said the community’s major concerns were how traffic would be managed in their neighborhood, how the buildings and parking lots would be screened and ensuring the development would have similar signage, lighting and character to the existing residential.
“Should these new uses move forward, I would request substantial improvements to the application,” he added.
Representatives from the nearby Ashburn Farm Association, Ashburn Run and Ashburn Reserve HOAs voiced their opposition to the board about more residential units in the area. They feared the developments would cause more traffic and overcrowding and take away much-needed public space.
Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), who represents the discussed area, said he did not want the residential component of the application. Buona also said he wanted to applicant to condition out any “undesirable by-right uses.”
Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run) echoed many of Buona’s concerns about the residential, as well as traffic and safety concerns.
“Until we actually have the school growth problem under control, I’m going to have a really hard time with townhouses as a whole,” he said.
Meyer also criticized the Planning Commission for forwarding the application to the board without taking the time to properly vet it.
Supervisors voted unanimously to send the application to a Transportation and Land Use Committee meeting in January for further review.
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