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Town of Round Hill considers expansion, may double population within a year

The dashed marks outline the areas the Town Council is considering for bringing into Town Limits in 2018. The Council may opt for some, all or none of these areas.
Round Hill could be doubling in population as soon as next year.

Town Council is investigating an expansion of the town’s boundaries in its first public information session on the proposal Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.

The meeting, to be held at Round Hill Elementary School, is a result of the newly passed Town Comprehensive Plan and a Growth Area Study adopted July 6. Council has listed potential parcels for expansion in the short term and the long term, but public input will play an important role in the council’s final decision, according to town officials.
If the town absorbs its entire short-term list, the population would double from 590 to 1,133 persons, with an estimated population of 1,525 after build-out.

Some key public facilities sit outside Round Hill borders as well, including the Round Hill Center, the Western Loudoun Sheriff’s Station, the future site of the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department and two future town parks.

According to the Comprehensive Plan, the expansion would “increase the town population, enlarge the pool of candidates for local offices, boards and commissions, improve contacts and connections within the Round Hill community, increase the town tax base and promote the achievement of Comprehensive Plan goals.”

Incoming households, according to town staff, would pay an average of $626 per year in town property taxes. They would also save $305 per year from reduced utility fees and $346 per year in garbage pick-up fees. As a result, the households could expect a net financial benefit, town officials say.

Current town residents would also benefit from reduced property tax rates, staff says, and the town's general fund would net over $114,000 per year for development of projects such as sidewalks, trails and park development.

Neighborhoods slated for expansion in the short-term include Hillwood Estates, Brentwood Springs, Fallswood, Newberry Crossing, Falls Place, Mystic Lane, the Sheriff’s Station, the Round Hill Center, Sleeter Lake and the future site of Sleeter Lake Park.

Other properties in the town utility service area were included in the study but are not under immediate consideration. They may be added in a future round.

The Aug. 3 meeting will be the first of two public information sessions. After the second meeting, the town council will select a final set of properties and submit a request to the

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Any formal agreement would come after additional public hearings, formal approval and certification by the Circuit Court.

A full copy of the Preliminary Growth Area Study is on the Town Website at http://roundhillva.org/town-of- round-hill-expansion/.

Comments


Hillsboro expanded their town boundaries very easily.  Why wouldn’t Round Hill follow their “process”?

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