Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun

Flu Shot Clinics Canceled

<bt>The Loudoun Healthcare's Mobile Health Services has canceled all scheduled flu-shot clinics across the county until further notice due to a shortage of the flu vaccine.

In addition, the county's "Operation Code Flu 04," which was scheduled for Oct. 16 at Potomac Falls High School, has been put on hold. The event was to be an emergency-preparedness test in which flu shots were to be substituted for other emergency vaccines.

<sh>Parade Route for Park View High

<bt>Park View High SchoolÕs Homecoming Parade will be held Friday, starting at 5 p.m.

The parade runs from Sterling Middle School, crosses Holly Avenue, goes down Sterling BoulevardÕs service road, takes a left onto W. Laurel and ends at the high school. The Homecoming Queen will be crowned at half time at FridayÕs football game, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The Homecoming Dance will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. The King will be crowned at 10 p.m.

<sh>Supervisors Approve Rezoning

<bt>The Board of Supervisors approved Richmond American HomesÕ application on Oct. 5 to rezone 22.7 acres to develop Providence Glenn in Dulles. The Fairfax developer sought permission to build residential housing on the west side of Gum Spring Road, south of Route 50 and north of Braddock Road.

The board recently approved changing the siteÕs current industrial zoning to residential, as it conforms to the land use and density policies in the countyÕs Revised General Plan. The developer plans to build 79 houses at an approximate density of 3.47 units per acre, including five Affordable Dwelling Units. Providence Glenn would have up to 20 single family detached dwellings and up to 59 single family attached dwellings.

Richmond American Homes agreed to provide a $1.74 million proffer.

<sh>Supervisors Oppose Two Proposals

<bt>Supervisors voted Oct. 5 against two rezoning applications, sending them back to the Land Use Committee for further study.

The board recently objected to a proposal to rezone about 42 acres from agricultural residential and countryside residential to planned development-housing. Kline Operations, LLC of McLean sought permission to build 159 houses with a density of about 3.87 units per acre, including 10 Affordable Dwelling Units.

The property is on the west side of Belmont Ridge Road, north of Route 50 in Dulles. The proposal would include up to 111 single family attached dwellings and 48 multi-family dwellings.

Kline Operations, LLC offered $1.91 million in proffers.

The board also disagreed with a proposal to rezone about 53 acres from single family residential to planned development-housing. Brookfield Huntley Meadows, LLC of Fairfax planned to build 165 houses, including 10 Affordable Dwelling units. The developer proposed constructing 108 single family detached houses and 57 townhouses.

The property is on the east side of Gum Spring Road, north of Braddock Road, south of Route 50.

Brookfield Huntley Meadows had offered $2.77 million in proffers.

Mick Staton (R-Sugarland) expressed confidence that any problems with the proposals could be resolved in committee.

<sh>Women's Self-Defense Workshop

<bt>The Sheriff's Office will hold a Women's Self-Defense Workshop from 7-10 p.m., at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, Tuesday Oct. 19. The academy is located at 45299 Research Place in Ashburn.

The class is open to all female residents of Loudoun County and their daughters over the age of 12. Participants will be taught basic self-defense techniques through instruction, demonstration and actual practice of the methods taught.

The Loudoun County Victim Witness Program will have staff present at the workshop to provide information regarding available services for women who are victims of violence.

Participants are asked to wear gym style clothing and athletic shoes. Contact Ginger Wines or Audra Vogel at the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office at 703-777-0407.

<sh>Fire Destroys Building

<bt>The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire that destroyed a two-story building on Reservoir Road off of Evergreen Mills Road.

According to the report, around 5:16 a.m., Monday, Oct. 11, Loudoun County Fire-Rescue responded to a structure fire on Reservoir Road approximately three-quarters of a mile off of Evergreen Mills Road, near Arcola. Fire and rescue personnel from Arcola, Aldie, South Riding, Ashburn and Leesburg responded to the scene. Upon their arrival, firefighters discovered a two-story structure well involved. The cause of the fire that destroyed an unoccupied structure and dollar loss is pending. There were no injuries as a result of this fire.

<sh>Wanted: Proposals for Aldie Mill

<bt>Loudoun County has issued its first solicitation under the Public-Private Education and Facilities Infrastructure Act (PPEA). The Request for Partnership Proposals (RFPP) seeks innovative proposals from private entities to own, operate, and/or maintain the Aldie Mill, located on U.S. Route 50 in the historic district of Aldie.

Constructed between 1807 and 1809, the Aldie Mill is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation currently owns Aldie Mill and has proposed to transfer ownership of the mill to the county.

The PPEA grants public entities, including Loudoun County, the authority to enter public-private agreements for the development of a range of projects for public use.

For more information and to download a copy of the RFPP, visit www.loudoun.gov/procurement or contact Tina M. Borger at tborger@loudoun.gov or 703-777-0394. More information about the Aldie Mill is available at www.virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org.

<sh>Accident Leads to Evacuation

<bt>At 12:13 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11, Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Services responded to a call for a vehicle accident near Arcola Road and Evergreen Mills Road in Arcola. Fire and rescue personnel from Arcola, South Riding, Aldie, Ashburn and Prince William County responded to the scene. The vehicle involved in the accident contained materials used for blasting.

Arcola Road was closed between Evergreen Mills Old Ox roads. In addition, Evergreen Mills Road was closed between Gum Spring Road and Old Ox Road. Three homes in the immediate area were evacuated as a precautionary measure while crews work to upright the truck.

There have been no injuries as a result of this accident. The Loudoun County SheriffÕs Office is investigating this accident.

<sh>Keith Fairfax Honored

<bt>The Virginia Association of Zoning Officials (VAZO) has selected Loudoun County's Keith Fairfax as the Certified Zoning Official of the Year.

As zoning enforcement supervisor, Fairfax oversees investigations into alleged violations of the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance. The VAZO award recognizes his ability to interact and coordinate with other departments to correct zoning violations, resolve citizen conflicts and develop uniform enforcement practices; and for his effective communication techniques.

In nominating him for the award, Zoning Administrator Melinda Artman called Fairfax a "role model" for his staff of three inspectors and cited his ability to keep his staff motivated during hectic times, such as March to June of 2004 when almost 300 zoning complaints were received, twice as many as during the same period in 2003. Once received, the complaints were addressed, assigned and inspected within 48 hours.

Artman noted Fairfax's other accomplishments, including management of the Zoning Violation Ticketing Program, creation of a community outreach program and participation in the development of an overcrowding enforcement program.

Fairfax has worked in the zoning field for the Loudoun County Department of Building and Development since September 1999. He was elected vice president of VAZO earlier this year.

<sh>Looking for Land

<bt>Loudoun County is looking for land to purchase in the Route 7/Route 28 area for construction of a public safety center complex, consisting of a fire-and-rescue station and a Sheriff's regional office.

The complex will include fire, rescue, and law enforcement components and will require at least five "buildable" acres. Combined volunteer and career fire-and-rescue staffing is anticipated for this facility.

Voters approved general obligation bond funding for the project by referendum in November 2002 and funds are currently available for the purchase of the land.

For more information and to download a copy of the Request for Real Estate Proposals (RFRP) visit www.loudoun.gov/procurement or contact Tina M. Borger at tborger@loudoun.gov or 703-777-0394.

<sh>Volunteers Wanted

<bt>The Board of Supervisors is seeking citizen members for the Loudoun County Ad Hoc Zoning Ordinance Technical Review Committee, which will consist of 11 people, including seven who are familiar with zoning ordinances and two members of the general public who are not necessarily zoning experts. The other two members will be appointed; one by the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission and the other by the Rural Economic Development Council.

The committee will work with staff and the Planning Commission to draft technical changes to the zoning ordinance, conduct focus groups and make recommendations in time for the required public approval processes to be completed by Dec. 31, 2005.

Anyone interested in serving on the committee should submit their resume no later than Oct. 22 to Leesburg District Supervisor Jim Clem, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 1 Harrison St., S.E., Fifth Floor, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177-7000; or by e-mail at jclem1@loudoun.gov.

<sh>Interchanges Open

<bt>The new Route 28 and Route 606 interchange in Loudoun County, which includes a four-lane bridge carrying Old Ox Road over Route 28, has five of the new eight interchange loops open to traffic: northbound 28 to eastbound 606; southbound 28 to east and westbound 606; and eastbound 606 to north and southbound 28. The three other ramps are to open early in 2005.

The $24.9 million project is one of several interchanges planned as part of a $200 million design-build contract under Virginia's Public-Private Transportation Act, which allows the private sector to make proposals for designing, building, financing and operating transportation improvements.

According to VDOT, more than 90,000 vehicles a day travel on Route 28 and 20,000 travel on Route 606. With the opening of the new interchange, the average vehicle delay at the traffic signal will be reduced from 2 minutes to about 30 seconds. Plans call for the signal to be removed in early 2005 when the remaining loops and ramps are completed.

<sh>New Group Fights Power Line

<bt>Concerned residents formed a new association Ñ Save Scenic Loudoun/Neighbors Against the Southern Transmission Line Ñ to oppose Dominion Virginia Power's southern alternate routes for the 230 kV overhead transmission line. DVP presented the proposed southern routes to the Board of Supervisors Oct. 5, which would cut through scenic Loudoun countryside and run through and adjacent to Loudoun subdivisions.

Two of the proposed southern routes cut across Harmony Church Road, the scenic bypass traveled frequently by cyclists and commuters through Loudoun County from Hamilton to Route 15.

The Save Scenic Loudoun association will ask the supervisors to write a resolution to remove the southern routes from the DVP plan, just as the board has done for the nine-mile-stretch of the W&OD Trail.

To view the DVP presentation to the Board of Supervisors and the new proposed routes, visit www.loudoun.gov and click on "Dominion Virginia Power." To learn more about Save Scenic Loudoun and to support this effort, call 703-669-0750.

Dominion Virginia Power will meet with the Board of Supervisors Oct. 19 and will hold public open houses at Ida Lee Recreation Center on Oct. 25 and 26 to present these alternate routes and receive comments.

<sh>Upcoming Meetings

<bt>Oct. 14:

* 3 p.m. Loudoun County Sanitation Authority - LCSA, 880 Harrison St., SE, Leesburg

* 6 p.m. Community Services Board Meeting - 906 Trailview Boulevard, Aspen Room

* 7 p.m. Commission on Women - Loudoun County Government Center, Bluemont Conference Room

* 7 p.m. Belmont Station Elementary School Dedication

* 7 p.m. School Board Gifted Advisory Committee, Tolbert Elementary School

Oct. 15:

* 8:30 a.m. Economic Development Commission Past Chairs meeting - 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Riverside Hearth

Oct. 18:

* 9:30 a.m. Board of Equalization Appeal Hearings - 4th Floor Management & Financial Services

* 5:30 p.m. School Board Personnel Services Committee, Board Conference Room, North Street.

* 6 p.m. Planning Commission Public Hearing - Board of Supervisors Meeting Room

* 6 p.m. Youth Program Review Committee Meeting - Program Room 4th Floor Government Center

* 6:30 p.m. Community Input Meeting on Attendance Boundaries, Cedar Lane Elementary School for Newton-Lee ES, Legacy ES and Pinebrook ES

* 7 p.m. Animal Advisory Committee Meeting - Lovettsville Room, County Government Center

Oct. 19:

* 9:30 a.m. Board of Supervisors Meeting - Board Room

* 9:45 a.m. Finance/Government Services Committee Meeting - 15 minutes after Board of Supervisors meeting - Lovettsville Room

* 10 a.m. Mercer Middle School Dedication

* 7:30 p.m. Emergency Medical Services Council - Loudoun Hospital Center-Cornwall Campus

* 7:30 p.m. School Board Special Education Advisory Committee, Douglass Support Facility

Oct. 20:

* 9:30 a.m. Board of Equalization Appeal Hearings - 4th Floor Management & Financial Services

* 3 p.m. Fiscal Impact Committee Meeting - Lovettsville Room

* 6:30 p.m. Land Use Committee - Lovettsville Room

* 7 p.m. Cable TV Advisory Committee - Leesburg Room, County Government Center

* 7:30 p.m. Commuter Bus Advisory Board Meeting - Planning Commission Conference Room

* 7:30 p.m. Library Board of Trustees Meeting - Rust Library - http://www.lcpl.lib.va.us/trustees

* 6:30 p.m. Community Input Meeting on Attendance, Arcola Elementary School Boundaries for Newton-Lee ES, Legacy ES and Pinebrook ES

* 7 p.m. School Board Technology Steering Committee, Board Meeting Room, North Street.