Supervisors Approve Paul VI School Design Changes

Supervisors Approve Paul VI School Design Changes
Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randal and Geary Higgins honor the Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company for 50 years of services at the board’s meeting Nov. 1

At its Nov. 1 meeting, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved the revised plans for the re-located Paul VI Catholic High School in South Riding. The 8-0-1 decision, with Supervisor Suzanne Volope (R-Algonkian) absent came after the school worked to reduce concerns about traffic capacity within and around the site as well as the amount of parking spaces for the school and special events.

“These issues are addressed as well as they can be” said Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles), whose district includes the new school.

The application has been through an extensive public process including work sessions, and action was almost taken last month, Letourneau said. He also added the applicant is providing $1.5 million to help in road projects that will alleviate traffic on the school site on Braddock Rd. in South Ridding.

The school, which is currently in Fairfax, will serve around 2,000 students and is expected to open for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Board also approved Zoning Ordinance Amendment (ZOAM) 2016-004, which will  assist the incorporated towns in the western part of the county with locating well sites on properties outside the towns’ corporate boundaries to augment existing water sources for their municipal utility systems.

Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), whose district includes towns affected by this ZOAM like Hamilton, Round Hill and Lovettsville, said this is a compromise solution that was several years in the making. This change in the zoning ordinance will allow towns to look for more wells while also respecting current wells of private citizens.

“This may not be what everyone wants, but it’s a very good compromise,” said Chair Phyllis Randal (D- At Large).