The Loudoun Board of Supervisors rejected Wednesday night a portion of the Willowsford development group's plans to increase residential housing on the sprawling southern Loudoun community's grounds.
Owners of The Greens South at Willowsford submitted a rezoning application last year to build an additional 557 single-family detached residential units, increasing the development potential from 245 to 802 units.
The board's denial for the rezoning was in line with the recommendation from county staff, which noted in a report “the county’s budgetary plans have neither anticipated nor programmed additional school capacity, public facilities and transportation infrastructure necessary to serve the proposed additional 557 single-family detached residential units."
Additionally, the property, located west of Lightridge Farm Road and south of Braddock Road, falls within the Upper Foley Sub-area of Transition Policy, which serves as a “visual and spatial transition between the Suburban Policy Area to the east and Rurl Policy Area to the west,” according to staff.
Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), who represents the Willowsford community, voted for the denial, noting the costs associated with bringing new residents and families – an estimated 1,800 people -- to the prospective new units.
Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), chairman of the board's finance committee, said approval of the Willowsford application could set a precedent the county isn't ready for.
“I think there's a fundamental issue here that transcends way over the top of just this application, and that is: Are we willing to start opening up the transition area? That's what this application begins to do,” Mr. Buona said. “ … I'm not willing to do that.”
The vote to reject the rezoning passed 7-2, with Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) and Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) opposing. Mr. York first moved a substitute motion to send the item to the Transportation and Land Use Committee, but then withdrew that motion when it was clear there wasn't majority support.