Monday, January 31, 2011
CONTACT: Tony Howard, Loudoun County Chamber
Citing its smart growth economic development attributes,
Loudoun Chamber endorses proposed Route 28 Corridor plan
Loudoun business leaders endorse plan to create prestigious commercial gateway that maximizes economic impact and TOD potential of future Metro rail line
Lansdowne, VA– The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors has unanimously endorsed the proposed Route 28 Corridor Plan, citing the document’s emphasis on creating a prestigious commercial gateway that maximizes the economic value and tax revenue potential of the corridor.
The draft Route 28 Corridor Plan calls for higher density, Class A offices in mixed use “town center” environments and other quality commercial developments that will attractlarge employers and create significant new commercial property tax revenue for Loudoun.
“Loudoun County’s staff and Planning Commission have created an impressive land use and economic development plan for the Route 28 Corridor. With the Dulles Metrorail Project arriving in 2016, now is the time to establish the land use plans that will allow Loudoun to leverage the Transit Oriented Development opportunities that a commuter rail line will offer,” said Chamber President Tony Howard.
Howard also praised the county’s inclusive approach to developing the Route 28 Plan. “Thanks to an inclusive and thorough stakeholder process, county staff, citizens and business leaders have created a plan that properly balances important issues while effectively maximizing Loudoun’s most important commercial corridor. This effort should serve as a model for how Loudoun County develops regulatory policies that will impact its residents and taxpayers,” Howard said.
The Chamber’s Board of Directors also endorsed the plan’s focus on the environmental and traffic challenges of higher density uses by linking development to transportation capacity and access.
The plan also calls for environmentally sustainable building, stormwater management and landscape designs, as well as providing for additional housing options for the local workforce, thus relieving additional stress on the region’s overburdened road network.
A copy of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors position paper on the proposed Route 28 Corridor Plan is attached.
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