Rezoning several acres of land to add hundreds of more housing units just outside of the Leesburg town limits has sparked concerns for area residents, but the applicant – Tuscarora Crossing – hopes to alleviate the community's environmental and congestion unease.
In its development plan, Tuscarora Crossing is proposing to convert approximately 6.2 acres from approved retail use to residential use in order to build 234 affordable dwelling units, according to county documents. The applicant also wants to increase the amount of non-residential development to build up to 1.4 million square feet of data center uses on an approved industrial or office land bay and relocate an approved 3.5 acres of civic use to an alternative land bay.
The 233-acre property is made up of four parcels in the Leesburg Joint Land Management Area. The Washington & Old Dominion Trail bisects the site, and the only access to the property is through a private access easement that extends from Samuels Mills Court to the east that connects to Cochran Mill Road.
Since the Loudoun County Planning Commission’s public hearing in July, the applicant has revised its proffers and development plan, committing to build the center to specific guidelines and adding 1.75 acres for tree cover.
The applicant has also updated its proffers to reflect the expected capital facility contributions of $14.7 million associated with the development of 730 residential units, 234 of which would be considered affordable dwelling units, according to county officials. The proffers include the applicant's intention to construct or reimburse the costs for the four-lane Crosstrail Boulevard Connection that intersects through the site.
Leesburg Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D), who has fielded inquiries from residents, said the board in 2015 approved the rezoning that gave the developers the right to build 496 residential units, 85,000 square feet of retail space and 909,000 square feet of flex and industrial on the 233 acres.
“All that development is now allowed because of the previous Board of Supervisors’ 5-4 vote to approve it,” Umstattd said in an email. “None of that can be legally overturned now. So, sadly, trees will be coming down even if the board votes no on the most recent application.”
The Planning Commission was expected to meet Thursday to discuss the application. County staff is also working with the applicant on its list of proffers.
The proposal is scheduled for the Board of Supervisors' Sept. 11 public hearing.