Banbury Cross Project

A map of the Banbury Cross project’s area in Middleburg. Courtesy Photo/The Piedmont Environmental Council

The Middleburg Planning Commission will hear comments from the public on a proposed cluster subdivision application July 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The Banbury Cross application is for a 570-acre site located north of Route 50 and southeast of Sam Fred Road, about two miles east of downtown Middleburg. The proposal includes 28 clustered lots with homes – up to four acres in size – and 10 rural economy lots with homes at a minimum of 25 acres each. 

The Planning Commission rejected the proposal last year. The application, led by Andrew Hertneky, managing partner of Middleburg Land 1 LLC, was rejected by the Middleburg Planning Commission on Sept. 23, 2019, because it was deficient on a number of technical requirements, according to Middleburg Deputy Town Administrator William Moore.

The project is situated in the Rural South (AR-2) district, one of the Rural Policy Areas under consideration for preservation by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Last month, the Board of Supervisors directed county staff to prepare amendments to the county’s Zoning Ordinance and regulations related to cluster developments and prime soils in the Rural North (AR-1) and Rural South (AR-2) districts.

Prime agricultural soils, or prime farmland, has “the best combination of physical and chemical characteristics for producing food, feed, forage, fiber, and oilseed crops,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The county identifies cluster developments as a “grouping of building units on smaller lots within a portion or portions of the site, with the intention of retaining a significant area of the land as a contiguous tract of unbuilt open land.”

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(7) comments

Eli

It is important to add to this discussion, that Middleburg already has a number of Section8 houses in Windy Hill, as well as approximately 60 other low income and workforce housing units, built and supported by the community.

KK153

Middleburg is overwhelmingly a bunch of woke white liberal virtue signalers . on any given day they would talk your ear off about such things as systematic racism and how we need more affordable housing for minorities in Loudoun...then the second someone wants to build a subdivision (a wealthy one at that) near Middleburg it becomes a classic NIMBY meltdown. I say build it. Instead of 4 acre lots lets get section 8 apartments in there. Build them right in the middle of town. 6 chickens on your 50 acres doesn't make you a farmer, nor your land "prime farm land" Middleburg

Hodor

Man it must be exhausting going through life being this bitter.

KK153

the accurate observation of the obvious is often called "bitter" by those that don't posses it

Hodor

Sure thing bud, whatever you need the tell yourself.

Sunmonkey

I've got no love of Middleburg, but it's a weird logic that can leap from wanting to preserve rural beauty and spaces to wanting to keep Section 8 housing out of town. Your tone and use of hyperbolic words (overwhelmingly, woke, virtue signalers, talk your ear off) that indicate you are, for whatever reason, emotionally strained. Hodor was bang on: you are bitter. You have some interesting points, but they are negated by your anger and lack of logic.

KK153

is the American Psychological Association aware you are able draw a definitive and complete psych work up based on only 5 lines of copy? You sir are amazing! You must be super smart...

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