PURCELLVILLE, Va., February 17, 2023 — The Purcellville Town Council has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 6:00PM at Town Hall, 221 S. Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, VA.
The County of Loudoun has submitted 5 applications, proposing to rezone parcel numbers 522-29-5928 and 522-29-6381 (“the Property”), so that the Property may be developed with two special uses: a Commuter Parking Lot, and an Outdoor Lighted Public Recreational Facility consisting of 7 athletic fields, all as follows:
(1) One Rezoning application (“RZ 20-01”), which proposes to amend the zoning designation of the Property from the existing “X - Transitional” designation, to the “Institutional and Public Use District” designation (“IP”). The future land use map of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan (page 45) recommends that the Property be utilized for Institutional and Government land uses.
The existing X-Transitional zoning district is the zoning district assigned by the Town to land when it is annexed into the Town’s corporate limits, and therefore has been the zoning designation of the property since it was annexed into the Town in 2008. There is no specified density in the X zoning district, which requires a minimum lot size of 3 acres and allows by-right several uses, including: single-family housing, group homes, minor public utilities, place of worship, and beds & breakfasts.
The proposed “IP” zoning designation is described by the Town Zoning Ordinance as follows: “[The “IP”] district is intended to permit the location and growth of public and private educational, institutional, public, and semi-public uses in areas appropriate for such uses. The district is intended to encourage the retention or adaptive reuse of larger public and institutional uses on sites identified for such uses in the adopted comprehensive plan.” There is no specified density in the IP Zoning District, which requires a minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet and allows by-right several uses, including: college, government office, library, police station, minor public utility, public parking lot and parks. The proposed zoning map amendment is necessary in order to obtain the two Special Use Permit applications, which are described below.
(2) Two Special Use Permit applications (“SUP 20-01” and “SUP 20-02”) and Two Commission Permit Applications (“CP 20-01” and “CP 20-02”) for the following special uses:
(a) One Commuter Parking Lot with up to 260 parking spaces, and
(b) Seven (7) Lighted Outdoor Public Recreational Fields (4 soccer/lacrosse & 3 baseball).
While the Property consists of about 221 acres, the portion of the Property proposed to be rezoned and developed with the two Special Uses consists of approximately 69 acres, located on the southern half of the Property (the “project area”). The project area is located immediately south of Woodgrove High School, north of Route 7, between Routes 690 and 611. The project area abuts the west side of the Mayfair residential and industrial subdivisions. The project area currently has 2 existing soccer fields, with the remainder of the land being currently vacant. The project area is located east of and proximate to the future interchange planned to be constructed at Route 690 and Route 7.
A full and complete copy of the proposed applications and all related documents are available for review on the town’s website at https://www.purcellvilleva.gov/1017/Fields-Farm-Park-Projects.
In addition, all persons have the option of sending an email to Clerk’s office at email@example.com, with written comments or questions concerning the proposed project. Emails sent by 4:00 PM the day of the Public Hearing will be part of the written record for the public hearing and project, but may not necessarily be read aloud into the record at the public hearing.
The Council is scheduled to take action on this item on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at the 6:00 PM Town Council Meeting.
On February 8, 2023, Loudoun County withdrew its Commission Permit and Special Use Permit Applications for the “Outdoor Lighted Public Recreational Facility”. The remaining applications will be the subject at the Public Hearing on February 21, 2023.