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Week in Loudoun

Battle of Bands Rescheduled

<bt>The Second Annual All Star Battle of the Bands, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, at Stone Bridge High School has been rescheduled for May 6, in coordination with

Loudoun Youth Fest 2006.

Battle of the Bands is sponsored in part by the Loudoun Youth Initiative, a Loudoun County Board of Supervisors sponsored effort, which seeks to integrate all of the diverse components of the Loudoun County community into a cohesive, collaborative unit, committed to making the county the best place for young people to grow up.

For more information please contact Veronica Martin, youth

initiative specialist, Loudoun Youth Initiative at 703-737-8335.

<sh>Constituents Meeting

<bt>Chris West, the regional representative for U.S. Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), will hold office hours, Jan. 26, from 9-11 a.m., at the County Government Building, 1 Harrison St., Leesburg, to discuss issues facing the area and to help anyone having problems with a federal agency. For more information call West, 703-244-7261.

<sh>Caputo Meeting

<bt>Del. Chuck Caputo (D-67) will hold a town hall meeting Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Richard Frank room in the Sully Government Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. He will discuss his first few weeks in the General Assembly and wishes to hear his constituents' concerns and answer questions. All are welcome. Call Lu Ann Maciulla McNabb, legislative aide, at the district office, 703-476-6944, for more information.

<sh>Planning Commission Meeting

<bt>The Loudoun County Planning Commission will hold a public input session to receive comments on proposed zoning, subdivision and Comprehensive Plan changes regarding rural Loudoun, specifically the Rural Policy Area

of the county. The input session will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending no later than noon. Registration to speak will begin at 8:45 a.m. The input session will be held in the Board of Supervisors meeting room on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E. in Leesburg.

The proposed amendments would restore the Agricultural Rural zoning designation to the areas predominately zoned A-3 Agricultural Residential. The proposed amendments would allow a property owner to create a subdivision one lot at a time or as a cluster subdivision or as a conventional subdivision. Many uses that are currently allowed by a special-exception process in the A-3 district are proposed to be permitted by right pursuant to a number of performance standards within the Agricultural Rural zoning districts. Generally speaking, north of Goose Creek would be permitted to subdivide at a rate of one lot per 10 acres and south of Goose Creek would be permitted to subdivide at a rate

of one lot per 20 acres.

Copies of the proposed amendments are available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/rural or at the government center

at the public counters in the Department of Building and Development and the Department of Planning.

<sh>Man Wanted

<bt>The Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who robbed a 25-year-old female as she walked to her car in a Sterling

parking lot Wednesday, Jan. 4.

According to the Sheriff's Office, around 10:30 p.m., the victim left the Safeway grocery store in the 22300 block Sterling Boulevard in Sterling when an unknown Hispanic male came up from behind her. According to the victim the suspect placed an unknown object on her back and demanded her purse.

The suspect is described as being 6 feet tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans at the time of the incident.

The suspect left in a dark-colored, possibly maroon or dark red, pickup truck and headed toward the area of Sterling Boulevard.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Investigator G. Locke of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous, contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided leads to an arrest and indictment the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Meeting Changes

<bt>The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has re-elected Potomac District Supervisor Bruce E. Tulloch as vice chairman.

The action came during the first meeting of the year during which the board also appointed members to its standing committees and approved two schedule adjustments for the coming year:

* The regular monthly public hearing originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, will be held Wednesday, June 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m., due to a conflict with the scheduled primary election.

* The regular business meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 4, will be held Wednesday, July 5, beginning at 9:30 a.m., due to the Independence Day holiday.

More information about the Board of Supervisors, including links to documents for business meetings and public hearings, is available online on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/bos.

<sh>Annual Report Available

<bt>Loudoun County has published its 2005 Annual Report, highlighting the county's accomplishments during the fiscal year of July 1, 2004-June 30, 2005.

The 24-page illustrated report reviews the top issues of the year, including Loudoun's AAA bond rating, the county's high national ranking in population growth, increased emergency preparedness efforts, changes in land-use planning policies, efforts to improve access to broadband services, the Loudoun Youth Initiative and transportation improvements. The report also presents information about the county's finances, demographics and public schools.

Among the statistics for fiscal year 2005 (FY '05) presented in the report:

* Pages viewed on the county's Web site, www.loudoun.gov, increased from 14.4 million to 22.2 million.

* The Department of Building and Development conducted 331,337 building inspections, up from 325,190 in FY '04.

* Loudoun County Commuter Bus passenger trips increased to 513,766 in FY '05, up from 392,901.

* The Sheriff's Office received 176,035 calls for service in FY '05, up from 164,818 in FY '04.

* The number of emergency medical incidents in the county totaled 14,367, up from 13,819 in FY '04.

* The Loudoun County Public Library circulated more than 3.6 million books, compact discs, videos and magazines.

Copies of the report are available by contacting the Loudoun County Public Information Office at 703-777-0113 or by e-mail at pivs@loudoun.gov. The report is also available on the county's Web site at www.loudoun.gov/government/report.htm. Copies also will be available at county library branches.