Loudoun's Board of Supervisors in late June gave the final OK to a mixed-use project targeted for the future Ashburn Metrorail Station.
Loudoun’s transportation committee in May recommended approving the Broadlands project, which proposes to develop up to 843 multi-family and single-family attached units, up to 419,750 square feet of non-residential development and two public use sites that may be used as a public school and public park, according to county staff.
Adjacent to the Broadlands community in Ashburn, the proposed site is located south of Waxpool Road between Claiborne Parkway and Route 267.
“This is exactly what the Board of Supervisors, when they voted in 2011 to bring Metro, signed up for. This is transit-oriented development to a T,” Broad Run Supervisor Ron Meyer (R) said.
Broadlands Commercial Development is proffering close to $3 million in transportation costs for the project to construct the portion of the future Moorefield Boulevard between Mooreview Parkway, an extension of Demott Drive. The proffers include two traffic signals and the construction of Old Ryan Road.
Since the March public hearing, the applicant added six unmet housing needs units for a total of 69 rentals south of Mooreview Parkway.
As part of land being set aside, developers have discussed establishing a George Mason University satellite campus in Loudoun. Should the site not develop as a higher education space, county staff said the applicant would still have the ability to develop the permitted amount of office space uses, which is 250,000 square feet.
“I’m very excited about a college, higher learning site," Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) said. “ … even if it’s not George Mason, I hope we still get another college site here, and so to have this college site over there is great.”
The board voted 8-1, with Leesburg Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D) opposing. She expressed concern with the application and how it fits with the recently adopted 2019 Comprehensive Plan.
"What troubles me is that in the comp plan [it] says, ‘We should be prioritizing development at the Metrorail stations.’ Agreed, ‘And provide the most compact and accessible development,'” Umstattd said. “I just don’t think townhouse development meets the standards of the new Comprehensive Plan, so I cannot support it.”