Compass Creek Walmart

Leesburg Town Council is continuing to move toward annexation of the joint land management area after two closed sessions Tuesday night.

The two closed sessions were to discuss upcoming litigation with Traditional Home LLC, the developer of Meadowbrook, and Loudoun County.

In its Comprehensive Plan discussions earlier this year, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors unexpectedly changed the default utility service for the JLMA from Leesburg facilities to Loudoun Water. Leesburg has the option to annex the JLMA and considers it—and any potential utility funds—a vital part of future growth and town revenue.

Out of the JLMA closed session Tuesday night came two unanimously approved motions that will make it easier for the Compass Creek development, including the new ION International Training Center and Walmart, to be annexed into the town.

The first would establish new zoning districts for planned commercial and industrial uses, similar to the Loudoun County zoning district that Compass Creek currently operates under.

The second motion would amend allowed setback, lot width and building height in Leesburg’s B-3 district. The motion designated 10 JLMA parcels, including Compass Creek developments, and said that, if annexed or brought in by boundary line adjustment, the parcels will either be part of a new zoning district or the amended B-3.

Both motions will be going to the Planning Commission for review and a public hearing.

Traditional Home LLC filed a lawsuit with Leesburg last July after council denied its application to build drive-thru restaurants, a 24-hour gas station and other retail uses next to the Meadowbrook neighborhood along the southern approach to Leesburg on Route 15. It claims council did not follow due process when denying the application and that its reasons for denial—including citizen opposition and an overabundance of commercial uses in the town—were not sufficient.

“As what’s stated in the information in our packet, the applicant has decided to move forward with litigation because they’ve already talked to one person that has apparently driven them to litigation,” Councilman Ron Campbell said Tuesday.

A developer is allowed to bring a new proposal one year after council votes against it.

Council seemed divided on the closed session, with some thinking discussions would include a new Meadowbrook proposal for preliminary approval.

Town Attorney Barbara Notar assured council the meeting would only be about the litigation. The vote to go into closed session passed 6-1, with Councilman Tom Dunn against and staying out of the meeting. No motions came out of the Meadowbrook closed session.

Governing bodies in Virginia are allowed to discuss pending or in-progress litigation in closed executive sessions.

(3) comments

BobOhneiserEsq

Skyprince . It is worse than your note implies. Builders don't just build they have to have influential people pave the way for them to operate. When I was on the school board fighting for Evergreen Meadow neighborhood to be able to stay at Evergreen Mills E.S. even if we had to use eminent domain to expand E.M.E.S. to the west a bit the LCPS staff fought it saying if we did that it would injure the . developer to get approval for their proposed development. YES - the school system WANTS AND ACTIVELY SUPPORTS high density residential development. For LCPS student generation is a good thing no matter what it does to the tax rate. Just thought I would add a bit more reality to your view. What . do you want to bet the student generation forecast for this development is drastically under? What do you want to bet the developers NEVER want an audit of such forecasts as it would make the current demand for seats in south Loudoun be seen for it being intended while politicians like the current chairperson still buy into the fallacy that the more we build 4 bedroom homes somehow the costs for new professionals who need to rent a studio or one bedroom will decrease. Give me a BREAK! Vote on Nov . 5th for better management of government in Loudoun. It should be a local mandate not a political, partisan (blue or red) national talking point as the two local parties would have you believe.


Skyprince

I had not been on Route 15 south of Leesburg recently, but last week I was coming back from Warrenton and just south of Leeburg I came up on the mess that is called Meadowbrook. What a disaster and waste of a nice piece of property. At first, I thought that Leeburg had built a prison, a correctional facility until I realized that it was not, it was a housing development. No wonder they put up a berm on Route 15, to keep people from seeing the disaster they are building there. Doesn't anyone in Leesburg Town Council look at the plans for new houses? They are crammed next to each other and I cannot imagine someone is paying to live there. Luckily, not me!! Yuck! The developer could have put a quality looking community down on the land and instead it seems like they just wanted to squeeze every inch of land to make it undesirable place to live.


momof3

Skyprince, you are entitled to your opinion about Meadowbrook Farm. That said, it doesn’t mean it’s fact. Find another new 3000s home on 1/4-1/3 acre lot in Leesburg selling for $900k. Market determines value. Meadowbrook is not trying to be Warrenton. If that’s what you like, then stay there.


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