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Loudoun County Prioritizes Zoning Ordinance Amendments

by on September 5, 2012

At its July 17, 2012 meeting, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors adopted an intent to amend the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance as part of ZOAM 2012-0002, Commercial and Industrial Zoning Ordinance Amendments. The ZOAM focuses on commercial and industrial zoning ordinance amendments that have been identified by a Stakeholders Group and County […]

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Virginia Supreme Court Provides Guidance on By-Right Developments

by on September 5, 2012

In Town of Occoquan v. Elm Street Development, Inc., the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the Prince William County Circuit Court that a locality may not require a special use permit for steep slopes for development that is characterized as “by-right” in the locality’s zoning ordinance. Occoquan’s zoning ordinance required a special use […]

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Fairfax County’s Green Building Policy: Committee’s Discussion Turns To Implementation

by on September 5, 2012

Fairfax County’s Planning Commission Environment Committee has been discussing proposed updates to the County’s Green Building Policy since November 2009. Walsh Colucci attended and has actively participated in the discussion at these meetings since the Committee’s inception. On July 7, 2012, the Environment Committee completed their detailed review of the “Green Building Policy Review: Comment […]

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Lamb Center v. City of Fairfax

by on September 5, 2012

Firm attorney John Foote was recently successful for the second time in a single Supreme Court Term. In The Lamb Center v. City of Fairfax, a case Mr. Foote argued, the Virginia Supreme Court reversed the trial court and concluded that the Fairfax City Code could not be read to preclude “accessory or complementary” uses […]

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Loudoun Supports Silver Line, Funding Questions Remain

by on July 20, 2012

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted 5-4 on July 3rd to affirm its support for Phase 2 of the Silver Line (Yes: York, Buona, Letourneau, Reid, and Williams; No: Clarke, Delgaudio, Higgins, and Volpe). Phase 2 of the Silver Line will extend from Wiehle Avenue in Reston to the Route 772 station in Loudoun […]

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Virginia Supreme Court Overturns Long Lane

by on July 20, 2012

In an opinion handed down on June 7, 2012, the Virginia Supreme Court reversed the Loudoun County Circuit Court’s decision in Long Lane Associates Limited Partnership v. Town of Leesburg and held that an adjoining landowner in a development subject to common proffers has no vested right in the continuation of the original zoning. Long […]

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Rezoning Approval Yields 393 Homes and Permanent Conservation

by on July 20, 2012

Pete Dolan recently obtained rezoning and Comprehensive Plan amendment approvals for the Villages of Piedmont project in Prince William County. The Property, comprised of approximately 493 acres, is located south of I-66, at the intersection of Route 15 and Market Ridge Boulevard. The project’s unique cluster design includes 393 new homes (including single family detached […]

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Arlington County Board Revised Green Building Measures

by on June 22, 2012

The Arlington County Board has approved changes to its Green Building Incentive program to encourage greater energy efficiency in buildings in the county. Arlington’s focus on energy efficiency could result in a lower level of LEED certification. Bonus density has also been revised. Arlington County has prided itself on its effort to create a more […]

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Rosslyn Sector Plan

by on June 22, 2012

Rosslyn, connected to the District of Columbia by the Key Bridge, is considered by many as Arlington County’s “downtown” of the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. It includes a significant amount of office space, a number of corporate and government tenants, and is the location of the new Artisphere. There has been recent development activity in Rosslyn with […]

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Updates to Arlington County Sign Ordinance

by on June 22, 2012

Since early 2011, County planning staff has been conducting public outreach and working with consultants to draft a Sign Ordinance that can be administratively regulated by codifying current County Board practices. The proposed ordinance may significantly impact the approval of future signage, most notably in the areas of roof-top signage, lighting and electronic communication. In […]

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