The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved several applications Tuesday night to rezone 13.9 acres and develop an additional 282 multifamily units in Ashburn.
As part of the development project known as Goose Creek Village East, applicant Goose Creek Commercial LLC proposes a maximum of 232 multifamily stacked units (townhomes), a maximum of 50 studio and one-bedroom multifamily attached units and 18 Affordable Dwelling Units.
The project site sits north of the Dulles Greenway and south of Sycolin Road in western Ashburn.
Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) touted the applicant’s transportation proffers, which amount to around $20 million. Buona said he’s also pleased with the road improvements the applicant has committed to for Belmont Ridge Road and Sycolin Road.
“Nothing is ever perfect when it comes to these, but this is what we envisioned in the comp plan,” Buona said. “It’s in the right place, it fills in the rest of what I think is a very solid development, so I ask for your support.”
Buona’s motion passed with a 7-1-1 vote. Leesburg Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D) opposed, expressing concerns about its impact on schools. Dulles Supervisor Matthew Letourneau (R) was absent.
“Folks have kids, and kids are wonderful, but we have to educate them, and no matter how much is contributed up front by the developer ... It’s an annual cost to the taxpayers of the county whenever we need to invest in education, and I just think we are going down the wrong road with all these approvals,” Umstattd said.
“These units are not going to put that many kids into the schools," Buona said, adding that all the neighboring schools have the capacity to support the project.
Included in the list of proffers are recreational areas, including a full-size tennis court/multi-purpose court, three fitness/workout stations and/or other active recreation facilities. Additionally, the owner is making road improvements at Belmont Ridge Road at Sycolin Road and Ashburn Farm Parkway Intersection, and a capital facilities contribution of more than $25,000 for each market rate multi-family stacked unit and more than $15,000 for each market rate multi-family attached unit.