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County of Loudoun                                  Algonkian District                                       May 2018

Dear Neighbors,

It's May and for Loudoun that
means Small Business Week! There are many activities and programs occurring
across the county. Please take time this month as you visit your favorite
family-owned restaurant or the retail store around the corner, and thank them
for their investment in our community. I've included information below about
the Loudoun Small Business Conference as an example of one of the events
happening this month. As always, you will find other information on a variety
of topics of interest to the community. Please contact me directly at
703-771-5033 or via email at Suzanne.Volpe@loudoun.gov with any questions or concerns.

Most sincerely,

Suzanne Volpe

Hot Topics

Potomac View
Child Care Center Special Exception Application & Community Meeting

applicant, Potomac View Road, LLC has filed the following applications: SPEX
2018-0004, ZMOD 2018-0008 and SIDP 2018-0002. The Special Exception requests
to operate a child care center in the CR-1 zoning district. The zoning
modification application is requesting a reduction in the required number of
parking spaces for a child care center and the Sign Development Plan request
is to modify the restrictive CR-1 sign regulations. For your reference, the
property is located on the west side of Potomac View Road just north of its
intersection with Jefferson Drive and just south of its intersection with Oak

My office has requested the
applicant participate in a community meeting to discuss the application with
the surrounding residents. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 16,
2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cascades Senior Center located at 21060 Whitfield
Place in Sterling. The community is invited to attend the meeting and there
will be an opportunity to ask questions of the applicant.

Loudoun Open Houses Scheduled

The County will host the third
round of public input for the Envision Loudoun process. This is part of the
development of the Loudoun 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which will include the
General Plan and the Countywide Transportation Plan. The Envision Loudoun process
is a rare opportunity for residents to provide input into future growth,
economic development, transportation, community facilities and amenities. The
third round of public comment will give community members an opportunity to
comment of the draft Comprehensive Plan prior to review by the Board of
Supervisors. The draft plan is available at www.envision-loudoun.org .

There will be six open houses
held during the month of May. For the Sterling area, residents can 'come
and go' on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 6:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m. at the
Cascades Senior Center located at 21060 Whitfield Place in Sterling. If this
date does not work for your schedule, please review the list of the dates and
locations at www.envision-loudoun.org.

The Village
at Potomac Farms Land Use Application

The owners of Blue Mount Nursery
have filed a land use application with the County. The application includes a
rezoning (ZMAP-2016-0008), a special exception for a restaurant with a
drive-through (SPEX-2016-0024) and a Zoning Modification request for
modifications of a PD-MUB zoning district (ZMOD-2016-0017). The application
is requesting to rezone approximately 20.55 acres from A-3 (Agricultural) to
PD-MUB, which is Planned Development - Mixed Use Business (Commercial, Retail
and Residential).

The applicant continues to work
on their second submission materials. At this time, the County has not
received a draft Proffer Statement. There have been changes from the first
submission to the second, which includes an increase in the overall square
footage of development on the site, plus an increase in the proposed amount
of residential units. Due to these changes, the County Department of
Transportation & Capital Infrastructure (DTCI) has requested the
applicant update their original traffic study. This also requires the
applicant to submit a VDOT 870 scoping agreement, because the site is
proposed to have in excess of 10,000 average daily trips. The Department of
Planning & Zoning has not sent out a second referral on the application
because of these issues. Once the applicant's second submission is
complete, it will then be sent out for review by the appropriate County
departments and agencies.

Please know my office will
ensure that all property owners are notified about any community meetings as
well as the public hearings with ample notice. As a reminder, land use
applications can take a significant amount of time to process and can have
multiple changes prior to a Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors
Public Hearing.

International Airport Noise Contour Map Update

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
(MWAA) launched a website for the Noise Contour Map Update. A full noise
contour study has not been undertaking since the early 1990s. This study has
been initiated in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
provide updated noise contour maps that can help guide land use compatibility
planning in the region. For more information on the project, please visit


Transportation Updates

Parkway & Lowes Island Boulevard Intersection

Area residents have expressed
concerns about this intersection. My office coordinated a meeting on April 2,
2018 with representatives of the Virginia Department of Transportation
(VDOT), the County Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure
(DTCI), the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Cascades Community
Association. In the past three years, there have been 17 reported crashes at
this intersection. During the meeting, possible improvements were discussed,

  • Add
    yellow flashing beacons to the advance warning intersection signs
  • Install
    a flashing yellow arrow for the left-turn movements
  • Improve
    surface pavement friction at the intersection
  • Decrease
    posted speed limit at the intersection from 45 MPH to 35 MPH
  • Change
    left-turn movements from permissive to protected
  • Improve
    current signal timings

The meeting was productive and
it was agreed that VDOT will review signal timing at the intersection as well
as reviewing the speed limit along that portion of Algonkian Parkway. DTCI
staff will prepare an item for the Board of Supervisors to perform a complete
engineering evaluation of the intersection. This evaluation will include the
identification of issues with proposed recommended improvements to address
all safety and operational issues. As soon as my office has an update, it
will be provided to the community.

Open House & Public Hearing Announced

The Northern Virginia
Transportation Authority (NVTA) is hosting an Open House & Public Hearing
on Thursday, May 19, 2018 at the NVTA Offices located at 3040 Williams Drive,
Suite 200 in Fairfax. The Open House will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the
Presentation & Public Hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. The NVTA will be
reviewing 60 projects for possible funding in their Six Year Program
(2018-2023) including Loudoun County projects. The NVTA will make a final
decision on the projects to be funded by this July. If you are unable to
attend the Open House & Public Hearing, residents may submit their
comments through May 20, 2018 at SYPcomment@TheNoVaAuthority.org.

Capital Transportation Planning Board Forum

National Capital Transportation Planning Board will be hosting a Public Forum
on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Loudoun County
Government Center located at 1 Harrison Street, SE in Leesburg. There will be
a discussion about seven regional transportation initiatives with residents
to obtain feedback that can be included in National Capital Transportation
Planning Board's long-range plan, Visualize 2045. The public forum is
collaborative and family-friendly with activities for children.

For your reference, Visualize
2045 is the federally required long-range transportation plan for the
National Capital Region. It will identify all regionally significant
transportation investments planned through the year 2045 plus those not yet funded.
The plan will also provide detailed analysis to help local decision-makers
and the public 'visualize' the future. For more information, please


Route 7
Expansion Initiative in Ashburn

At the April 19, 2018 Board of
Supervisors Business Meeting, I was deeply appreciative of my colleagues
unanimous support for my Board Member Initiative directing staff to evaluate
the improvement costs of widening eastbound Route 7 from the on ramp of
Loudoun County Parkway to Route 28. By expanding Route 7 to four lanes at
this segment, essentially continuing the on ramp from Loudoun County Parkway,
the bottle neck that currently exists on this stretch of road should be
alleviated. This will assist in both the morning and evening commutes.
Improvement of Route 7 and the removal of traffic lights and choke points
have been major priorities of this and the previous Board of Supervisors. The
County Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure (DTCI) will
begin with preliminary cost estimates for construction of the fourth lane. As
updates are made available, my office will ensure to provide information to
the community.

Get Involved!

Night Out!

The Potomac Falls High School
FCCLA is hosting a Parents Night Out on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 5:30 p.m.
to 9:30 p.m. at Potomac Falls High School located at 46400 Algonkian Parkway
in Sterling. The evening will include dinner, games, crafts and a movie! The
cost is $20 for one child and $10 for each additional child per family. The
event is designed for children 3 years old to 5th grade. You may sign up in
advance at http://bit.ly/1oBOLju, but it's not required.

Redskins Read Bookfair

The Redskins Charitable
Foundation is partnering with Barnes & Noble for their 2018 Redskins Read
Bookfair. The event will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble located at 20427 Exchange Street in One
Loudoun. Area residents will enjoy meeting Redskins players, cheerleaders and
guest authors for a special story time. A percentage of all purchases will
assist in providing books to children through the Redskins Charitable
Foundation's youth literacy programs. Last year's Bookfair raised
over $9,000 and donated 2,200 books to children. For more information on this
wonderful program, please visit www.redskins.com.

Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event

The County is hosting a
Hazardous Waste Collection event to provide a safe, no cost method for
residents to dispose of the unused, old or unwanted hazardous materials
stored in their homes. Household hazardous waste is any waste produced in the
home that is dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the
environment. On Saturday, May 12, 2018, the County will host an event at the
Ashburn North Park and Ride located at 45151 Russell Branch Parkway in Ashburn.
Loudoun County residents may come from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to drop off
items. For more information, please visit www.loudoun.gov/hhw or call 703-771-5500.

Small Business Conference

The Small Business Development
Center (SBDC) is hosting the Loudoun Small Business Conference on Monday, May
14, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Dulles Airport Marriott located
at 450202 Aviation Drive in Sterling. The event will include 12 breakout
sessions featuring the latest techniques and strategies to help companies to
grow. Participants will also enjoy lunch with Keynote Speaker Eric Major, CEO
& founder of K2M. The Resource Reception will end the day from 4:00 p.m.
to 6:00 p.m. showcasing vendors and resource providers ready to support your
business. For more information or to register, please visit www.loudounconference.com.

Cascades MelaNoMore 5K Scheduled

The Fourth Annual Cascades
MelaNoMore 5K & Family Fun Run has been scheduled for Sunday, May 20,
2018 at 8:30 a.m. at the Cascades Marketplace located at 21000 Southbank
Street in Sterling. The goal of this event is to help raise awareness about
the dangers of melanoma, the warning signs, preventative measures and to
raise funds for the Melanoma Research Foundation. The event will include an
awards ceremony, raffle prizes, and a vendor fair with food and activities.
The Melanoma Research Foundation conducts research, education and the
treatment of melanoma. For those interested in participating, there are
opportunities to serve as a sponsor, to volunteer, and of course, to run! For
more information, please visit www.melanomore5k.com.

Ballet Announces New Production

The Loudoun Ballet Company will
present its new production, Colors to Coppelia, in May at Potomac
Falls High School located at 46400 Algonkian Parkway in Sterling.
Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 and at 2:30 p.m.
on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Colors to Coppelia includes premiers of
contemporary performances of the classic Arthur Stain-Leon comic ballet about
a doll 'come to life'. As an added benefit, Loudoun Youth Guitars
will be performing prior to the show and during the intermission! Tickets may
be purchased online at loudounballet.tix.com. For more information, please call

Spring Farm
Tour Comes to Sterling

The Loudoun Heritage Farm
Museum, located at 21668 Heritage Farm Lane in Sterling, is hosting a Spring
Farm Tour on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018 in conjunction with
the Loudoun County Spring Farm Tour. The Museum is participating in the county-wide,
weekend long event. Residents are invited to the Museum at no charge on both
days. Come and enjoy live sheep and lambs from Frying Pan Park in Herndon.
Additionally, the Loudoun County Master Gardener program will present
information on 'Container Gardening' focusing on how to vegetable
garden in containers at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please
call 571-258-3800 or visit www.loudounmuseum.com.

Loudoun Hospital Health Screening

INOVA Loudoun Hospital Mobile
Health Services will be providing free blood pressure screenings at a variety
of locations during this month. They will be at the Cascades Senior Center
located at 21060 Whitfield Place in Sterling from 9:00 a.m. to noon on
Tuesday, May 22, 2018. For more information or other locations, please call
the Mobile Health hotline at 703-858-8818 or visit at www.inova.org/mobilehealth.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

The EDGE, George Mason
University's Center for Outdoor Experiential Learning, is located on the
Science and Technology Campus in Manassas, Virginia. The Center provides
hands-on experiential learning programs that offer thought-provoking, yet
fun, team development activities. Learning takes place on 35 low-elements and
three high-elements, plus a variety of portable activities. Programs are
designed to meet the specific needs of each group. Phone: (703) 993-3761;
Web: edge.gmu.edu

80th Annual
Ladies Board Rummage Sale Accepting Donations

The Ladies Board of INOVA
Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage
Sale. Donations will be collected on Saturday, May 19 from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. at Loudoun Valley High School located at 340 N.
Maple Avenue in Purcellville. Red balloons will direct traffic to
the specially designated trailers.

The Ladies Board accepts gently
used or new furniture, clothing, books, household items, linens, lamps,
sports equipment, etc., but some items cannot be accepted, such as mattresses
or large appliances. For more information on what can be accepted
or not, please call 703-771-2985 or review the donation guidelines online at www.LadiesBoard.org/rummage. Organizers
request that items be packed in boxes with lids/flaps shut and only pack
clothes in plastic bags tied shut. There will be other Donation Days over the
next few months and donations are always accepted by appointment; to make an
appointment, either call 703-771-2985 or email RummageLadies@gmail.com.

Tax receipts are provided and
all the money raised goes to support Ladies Board projects in the
community. The Ladies Board raises several hundred thousand
dollars each year toward special needs equipment at INOVA Loudoun Hospital
and pledged a $1 million for the Cornwall Cares project. The
Ladies Board annually awards more than $100,000 in nursing

Congratulations Are in Order

Receives Small Business Award

Small Business Week is one of my
favorite events I get to participate in as a Supervisor. I have the pleasure
of meeting local business owners to learn about what they do and what the
county can do to better support them. On Monday, May 7, 2018. I was honored
to meet with iQuasar and its co-founder Amin Bhat. iQuasar is
a world class Information Technology solutions firm located in
CountySide. They provide end-to-end consulting, staffing, business process
outsourcing, software development and software implementation products and
services through flexible and cost efficient on-site and off-shore resource
based delivery models. In both 2013 and 2014, iQuasar was listed in Inc
Magazine as being one of the top 500 fastest growing companies in the
United States. I am very proud to have such a great company in the Algonkian
District and appreciate their investment in Loudoun County!

Landing Donation to Boulder Crest Retreat

On April 24, 2018, I had the
honor of attending the Annual Falcons Landing Volunteer Appreciation
Reception. The residents and staff at Falcons Landing literally give hundreds
and hundreds of hours of volunteer service within their own facility and
across the county. In true Falcons Landing fashion, they did not want
accolades , they invited representatives from Boulder Crest Retreat, which is
located in Bluemont, Virginia. This retreat is a local non-profit, which is
committed to improving the physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic
wellbeing of our nation's military, veterans, first responders and their
family members. Falcons Landing presented a $1,500 donation to Ken Falke,
Chairman & Founder of the Boulder Crest Retreat. To learn more about
Boulder Crest Retreat and their wonderful programs, please visit www.bouldercrestretreat.org.

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