March 28 – Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains is Sponsoring Conservation Easement Seminar Please join us on Tuesday March 28th 6:00 PM at Shadow Creek for a complimentary barbeque dinner and seminar. The topic of the seminar will be the value of preserving land through conservation easements, including […]
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A shout out to Friends of the Blue RidgeMountains Charles Houston authored a nice Shout Out to Friends of the Blue RidgeMountains in the February 2023 edition of The Blue Ridge Leader & Loudoun Today “Memo to Friends of the Blue RidgeMountains – This group is a diligent advocate […]
Planning Commission Unanimously Votes to Consider Stronger Zoning Protections for the Mountains During the February 9th work session, the Loudoun County Planning Commission devoted approximately an hour and a half to a discussion of the protections against overdevelopment in the Blue Ridge Mountains contained in the […]
Can We Quantify the Environmental Impact of Inappropriate Development in the Mountain Overlay District?
Introduction As currently drafted (January 2023), the Loudoun County zoning ordinance would permit all uses allowed in zoning districts AR-1 or AR-2 to be built in the Mountain Overlay District (MOD). Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains and other conservation organizations contend that many […]
The current draft of the Loudoun County zoning ordinance (January 2023) establishes setback (Section 5.04.D) and performance standards (Sections 5.04.E and 5.04.F) for development in the Mountain Overlay District (MOD). Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains and other environmental and conservation organization contend that while […]
1/25/2023 The current draft of the Loudoun County zoning ordinance (January 2023) allows all land uses permitted in zoning districts AR-1 and AR-2 to be built in the Mountain Overlay District (MOD). Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains and other conservation organizations have identified fifteen […]
2/6/2023 The current draft of the Loudoun County zoning ordinance (January 2023) states that “the MOD is defined by the presence of certain natural features such as elevation, forests, steep slopes, unstable soils, and groundwater recharge areas that are commonly associated with these areas and […]
Friends President addresses Planning Commission The Loudoun County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the draft zoning ordinance on January 24, 2023. Peter Weeks, President of Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains spoke on behalf of Friends to raise a number of concerns about the inadequate protections against overdevelopment […]