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The Leesburg Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to initiate plans to annex the properties that Walmart and At Home currently occupy, as well as a 1.5-acre undeveloped property in Compass Creek Shopping Center, into town limits.

Except for a proposed data center, the entire Compass Creek development will be inside town limits as soon as this becomes official, staff said. The Loudoun County Circuit Court approved a previous boundary line adjustment in April 2020, adding 120 acres of Compass Creek to the town. The three properties in question would add another 35 acres to Leesburg.

“This is a multi-step process,” town attorney Christopher Spera said.

Now that the council has approved the boundary line adjustment, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing and vote on the issue, which town staff said will hopefully occur before the end of the year.

Assuming the county agrees to the move, both parties will petition the court to make the adjustment official.

Spera said At Home and Walmart both agreed to the boundary line adjustment in part because being inside Leesburg town limits will be cheaper for them.

“They save more in reduced utilities than they pay in increased real estate taxes,” Spera said.

The addition will also benefit the town, staff said. Leesburg expects to gain about $365,000 a year in property, business and meal taxes.

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