Loudoun's Board of Supervisors on Sept. 11 granted a zoning appeal that lifts a mandate for Leisure World developers to erect new recreational facilities at the 35-acre site.
The decision goes against original proffers of the site, drafted in the 1990s, as well as the county zoning administrator's recommendation.
The issue drew dozens of residents of Leisure World – an adult, age-restricted community – at the Sept. 11 public hearing.
A majority of residents who attended the meeting said there's no need to construct more recreational facilities. Such construction could force financial burdens on the residents because of costs associated with operating a new rec facility, they said. The appeal allows Leisure World to construct approximately 120 additional units without building a new activity centers.
A new clubhouse “is not needed,” said Theresa Ruddy, a resident who serves on the county's Commission on Aging. “We already have a clubhouse that's ready to welcome our new neighbors, and we have ample room.”
But a couple locals said they were surprised at the possibility the new clubhouse, the so-called “eastern clubhouse,” may not be built.
Words like “outrage” and “appalled” were used by those opposing the appeal. The opponents seemed skeptical there would be adequate rec facilities after the new units are built.
In June, Loudoun County Zoning Administrator Nicole Dozier affirmed that the new recreational space should be built in line with the proffers, which led to the developer's appeal that was approved by the supervisors.
It was the developer's stance, according to Loudoun County documents, that it has “constructed a 47,059-square-foot clubhouse in the developed portion of Leisure World west of Slatestone Court, thereby fulfilling the required recreational facilities in the PD-AAAR portion of Lansdowne.”
“We have a great facility here. Our residents love it,” said Pat Rhodes, the project manager for Leisure World. “ … I think it's being under-utilized and, quite frankly, could absorb very easily additional units without any burden at all.”
Loudoun's supervisors apparently agreed; they voted 8-0 in favor of the appeal, with Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) absent.
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