Homebuyer Information Guide: Plans for Future Development
Future Development/Planning for the Future
New homebuyers and property owners in Loudoun County often have questions concerning the future use of property in the proximity of their home or throughout the community. Commonly asked questions generally concern topics such as:
- Potential for development of undeveloped property or redevelopment of developed property
- Changes in zoning or use
- Changes in school or other service districts
- Future road, utilities or power lines
In a fast growing county such as Loudoun, change happens. New schools generate the need for boundary adjustments for school attendance zones
. Empty fields are transformed into schools, shops, or a new neighborhood. Roads are widened. Some of the changes have been planned for decades; some only approved in the past year. The following online resources will help you discover what is planned for the future in your area.
If there is vacant property near the home you are considering purchasing, how can you find out what might be going there? Some vacant land is privately owned and may be privately developed. The county regulates land use through its Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The Comprehensive Plan shows the planned use of properties. The Zoning Ordinance determines the current land use. The plan and the ordinance are online:
Another helpful online tool is the Loudoun Online Land Applications System (LOLA). This online system provides information regarding legislative land development applications and a format for public input for active applications.
Some vacant land is public; owned by the state, county or one of Loudoun County’s towns. You may visit Loudoun County’s Real Estate Tax, Assessment & Parcel Database
to search by address or PIN to determine the property owner. County-owned land is generally planned for public purposes such as parks, open space, and/or utilities.
To research if a road next to your new home may be widened, you should review Loudoun County's 2010 Revised Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP). The plan serves as a guide for future transportation infrastructure investment to be financed by federal, state, and local dollars as well as private sector contributions. The 2010 CTP also helps to inform residents and employers of the county’s approach to addressing mobility needs and how the future transportation system may impact a specific neighborhood or property. The CTP is online:
Information about proposed powerlines that could impact Loudoun County and the surrounding area is available from the Case Information
webpage of the State Corporation Commission.
Staying Informed about Development Decisions
There are many ways to stay informed about development decisions in Loudoun County. You may:
To participate in development decisions, you may: