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Jan 24

Board Adopts Airport Impact Overlay District Amendments

Posted to Airport Impact Overlay District CPAM by Nancy McCormick

At its January 17, 2023 meeting, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved changes to the county’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and zoning map pertaining to land development in areas where airport noise impacts are known to occur currently and expected to occur in the future as airport traffic increases.

The Airport Impact Overlay District (AIOD) is a zoning designation for properties where airport noise is anticipated at specified levels. Properties located within the AIOD are subject to certain land use regulations. The AIOD was implemented by the Board of Supervisors in the early 1990s to mitigate impacts to prospective homebuyers in areas that would be affected by aircraft noise and to prevent residential development in areas where the highest noise impact to people on the ground is anticipated to occur. 

Why did the County Make Changes Now?

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), which operates Dulles International Airport, updated its noise exposure maps for Dulles Airport in 2019. As a result, Loudoun County’s previous AIOD was outdated. Based on the airport’s updated noise exposure maps, Loudoun County worked collaboratively with various stakeholders for more than two years to update the boundaries of the overlay district as well as the county’s land use policies and zoning regulations related to the AIOD.

Board of Supervisors’ Vote to Approve

The Board of Supervisors considered many factors, such as information provided by MWAA, input from area residents and homeowner associations, recommendations from the Planning Commission and research conducted by county staff. 

The Board ultimately voted on January 17 to:

  • Adopt the proposed amendments to the county’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance and zoning map. The updated plan and regulations:
    • Do not add previously approved residential developments into the area designated with the highest noise impact; however, some existing homes may move into a different AIOD designation based on the newly adopted boundaries in the updated map. 
    • Prohibit new residential developments in the area with the highest noise impact. 
    • Require home sellers to disclose the property is within an AIOD at the time of sale.
    • Require specific disclosure language for homeowner association declarations in new developments, which must clearly state that the community is located near an airport, may be impacted by overflight noise, and is subject to the regulation of the AIOD of the Loudoun County zoning ordinance.

In addition, the Board voted in favor of opening a dialogue with the Federal Aviation Administration to better understand the future options available that would address community concerns regarding airplane noise.

The Board’s vote does not impact the AIOD boundaries surrounding Leesburg Executive Airport.

Who is Impacted?

The amendments to the AIOD map affect approximately 59,000 properties around and near Dulles Airport, including those removed from the overlay district.

Impacted residents may view the interactive map illustrating the adopted Airport Impact Overlay District to identify the current AIOD designation for their properties based on the Board’s vote. The map allows users to “turn on” the previous AIOD for comparison.

In some instances, the AIOD boundaries bisect individual properties. Any property owner with questions about how the adopted AIOD impacts their property may contact the Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning by email or by phone at 703-777-0246. 

About the Airport Impact Overlay District

Loudoun County government cannot regulate airport noise or control flight paths; however, the county can update its policies and regulations regarding the use of land around the airport. The AIOD is a zoning tool to plan appropriate land uses in the areas where airport noise is known or expected to occur.

There are three Aircraft Noise Impact Area designations within the AIOD that the county uses to indicate the level of impact. The AIOD regulations stipulate specific land use rules for each designation, which are intended to mitigate the impact of noise. The county refers to these levels using the symbol “Ldn,” which stands for “yearly day-night average sound level.” The Ldn is calculated using a specific formula specified in the county’s zoning ordinance. The designations are:

  1. Ldn 65 or Higher: Properties located within this area are closest to the airport. New residential development is not permitted in this area.
  2. Ldn 60-65: Properties located within this area are closer to the airport. Any residential development in this area requires disclosures at the time of sale; acoustical treatments for new residential construction and new additions to existing residences; and an easement established prior to construction of a new residence granting the right of overflight in the airspace above the property.
  3. One-Mile Buffer: Properties located within this area are farthest from the airport while still being located within the AIOD. This designation requires a disclosure notice to be included with each sale of residential property.

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Dec 15

Design Phase for Aldie Fire and Rescue Station Nears 100% Completion

Posted to Aldie Fire and Rescue Station by Heidi Kellum

The Aldie Fire and Rescue Station Project design phase is now at 95% completion, according to the design project team. Following the conclusion of the Historic Resources Impact Mitigation review, site plan approval, and building permit approval, the design will advance to 100% completion in spring 2023.

The Construction Contractor Procurement phase will follow the completion of the design process in spring 2023. More information about Loudoun County Capital Projects and phases is provided at loudoun.gov/capitalprojects.

The new 23,000 square-foot station will be constructed in Aldie, Virginia to replace the existing building, providing an updated and accessible facility for the Aldie Volunteer Fire Department. Features of the new facility will include apparatus bays, bunkroom facilities, a training room, a break room, restrooms and showers, food preparation and dining areas, laundry and decontamination areas, supply storage, a gear and hose drying area, a breathing apparatus air compressor room, a fitness room, offices and a repair shop. 

In addition to the new facility, site improvements for this project include two entrances off Route 50, access and parking areas, a well and septic field, lighting, landscaping, and a storm water management pond.  

For more information about the Aldie Fire and Rescue Station project, visit the project page.


Jul 19

New Loudoun County Animal Services Facility to Open July 30

Posted to Animal Services Facility by Heidi Kellum

Loudoun County invites members of the public to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and a series of grand opening events for the new location of the Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) facility located just outside Leesburg adjacent to Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park. The ceremony marks the conclusion of more than two years of construction.  

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, July 30

The county will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, July 30, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place on the grounds of the newly constructed facility located at 42225 Adoption Drive, Leesburg. Members of the Board of Supervisors and other guests will celebrate the opening of the new facility. 

Tours of the new facility will be offered to the public following the ribbon cutting beginning at 1:00 p.m., and continuing at the top of each hour with the last tour beginning at 5:00 p.m. No pre-registration for a tour is required.

Grand Opening Events, July 31 – August 1

The animal shelter will be open for regular business hours July 31 – August 1. Adoption hours will be 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

In addition, throughout the weekend, LCAS will host a series of grand opening events that are free and open to the public. Some events require pre-registration. 

  • 11:00 a.m. - Noon, Touch-a-Truck: Meet a Humane Law Enforcement Officer, learn about their vehicle, equipment and how they help animals in Loudoun County.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Guided Tours: Guided tours of the new facility on the hour.
  • 12:00 p.m., Busy Buddies: Join LCAS staff for animal enrichment activities and learn about the importance of keeping pets’ minds busy! Volunteers of all ages are welcome.
  • 4:00 p.m., Critters & Crafts: Kids of all ages are invited to the community room for a fun craft and animal activity! 

For more information about the grand opening events and to pre-register for activities, visit loudoun.gov/animalsgrandopening

Directions to the New Facility 

All visitors to the new Loudoun County Animal Services facility must access the site from Sycolin Road in Leesburg. From Sycolin Road, drivers should enter on Crosstrail Boulevard, pass by Segra Field and Bolen Park to Kincaid Boulevard, and finally to Adoption Drive. Guests are asked to park along Kincaid Boulevard.

NOTE: The new facility currently cannot be accessed via Kincaid Boulevard from Battlefield Parkway because the road is not yet open to through traffic north of Adoption Drive. GPS may direct you to this unopened route and therefore visitors are encouraged to follow the directions listed above and access the new facility from Sycolin Road. The Waze app provides correct guidance via Sycolin Road.

About the New Facility

The new, 21,450-square-foot facility includes an animal shelter, replacing the existing shelter in Waterford. The new facility will serve as the operational headquarters of LCAS and will be the first public shelter in the United States to meet 100% of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Animal Shelter Guidelines, the gold standard for animal sheltering. 

The new facility also expands many of the existing services provided at the current animal shelter, including pet adoptions; humane law enforcement; housing of stray, abandoned, or relinquished companion animals; dog license sales; volunteer opportunities; dispatch services; educational programs; and pet retention counseling. In addition, for the first time, the new facility will feature a veterinary clinic and surgical suite for medical treatment of shelter pets. 

More Information

To learn more about Loudoun County Animal Services, including which pets are available for adoption, visit loudoun.gov/animals.