The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 3 unanimously approved on Amazon’s latest data center project.
The board approved the item on the consent agenda with a 7-0-2 vote. Supervisors Matthew Letourneau (R) and Caleb Kershner (R) were absent for the vote.
In July, the county Planning Commission recommended for approval Amazon Web Service’s proposal to build another 1.75 million square feet of data center space in Loudoun County.
Blue Ridge Group LLC, which is acting on behalf of Amazon, is seeking approval to rezone 100.18 acres at its Chantilly site from Mineral Resource/Heavy Industry to Planned Development-General Industry. The property at 25020 Willard Road was part of a $73 million land deal in late 2019.
The board’s approval allows the applicant to increase the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) from 0.4 to 0.6, thereby increasing the square footage of the project.
Dulles Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R) in October requested the board delay the vote until November. He said he wanted to see alternative power route plans so the transmission lines would not be extended on Route 50.
Dominion committed in writing that it would not pursue a power line path along Route 50, according to Letourneau’s Oct. 30 newsletter. Dominion Power said it has identified three other routes that come off the road and are not visible.
Letourneau said Amazon Web Services said it supports the position.
The proposed center’s location is near similar commercial establishments and away from retail businesses and residences.
The land parcel is surrounded by Dulles International Airport to the north, Chantilly Crushed Stone quarry to the west and industrial uses to the immediate south and east, including the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Firing Range and a mulch stockpile along Williard Road. The site also has several wetlands around the property.
The Washington Business Journal first reported that H&M Gudelsky Asset Management LLC sold the land, which was assessed at nearly $3.5 million, shortly before Christmas last year.
Loudoun County is home to more than 70 data centers, with most of them falling in the Ashburn corridor that has become known as “Data Center Alley.”