Press Release – Round Hill Town Expansion Public Information Meeting -August 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm
PRESS RELEASE July 11, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROUND HILL TOWN EXPANSION
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
August 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm
SUMMARY: The Town plans to pursue a Boundary Line Adjustment in 2018. The final list of properties to be included is unknown at this time. The Town is currently going through a public outreach phase to gather public feedback before finalizing the list of properties. Please note, a Boundary Line Adjustment is a voluntary agreement between the Town and County that includes formal public hearings, formal approval by both bodies and certification by the Circuit Court.
Over the summer and fall, the Town Council will be studying expansion of the Town boundaries, including outreach to the public. The first public information session is scheduled at 7 p.m. on August 3, 2017 at Round Hill Elementary School. The Town plans to hold a second information session, as well as other direct outreach, before it makes a decision on which areas it will seek to add to its jurisdiction.
The Town currently has 236 households, but there are 1,293 other households outside of Town in the surrounding Joint Land Management Area, as well as key public facilities such as the Round Hill Center, the Western Loudoun Sheriff’s Station, the future site of the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department and two future Town parks.
The newly adopted Town Comprehensive Plan says the Town should “investigate a near-term expansion of Town boundaries in order to: increase the town population, enlarge the pool of candidates for local offices, boards and commissions, improve contacts and connections within the Round Hill community, increase the town tax base, and promote the achievement of Comprehensive Plan goals.”
A Growth Area Study has been prepared by the Town to summarize financial and other impacts to the Town and area households from a change in Town boundaries. A draft of the Study was discussed at the June 8, 2017 Town Council meeting and a final version of the Study was adopted at the July 6, 2017 meeting, after which it will be on the Town website.
At that June 8, 2017 meeting, the Council defined short-term and long-term expansion areas. Properties in the short-term area (see map above) will be the current focus, with the potential that some, all, or none of them may be added.
These include Hillwood Estates, Brentwood Springs, Fallswood, Newberry Crossing, Falls Place, Mystic Lane, the Sheriff’s Station, the Round Hill Center, Sleeter Lake and the future site of Sleeter Lake Park. Other properties in the Town utility service area were included in the Study but are not under immediate consideration. They may be added in a future round.
According to the Study, if the Town were to include the entire short-term expansion area the Town population would increase from 590 to 1,133 persons, and eventually would have a population of 1,525 after build-out.
Incoming households would pay an average of $626 per year in Town property taxes, would save $305 per year from reduced utility fees, and save $346 in garbage pick-up fees (the Town has free curbside pickup), resulting in a net financial benefit for the average incoming household.
Current Town residents would also benefit from reduced property tax rates, and the Town General Fund would net over $114,000 per year for development of Town projects such as sidewalks, trails and park development.
After the current public engagement process, the Town Council will select a final set of parcels and neighborhoods for inclusion. A formal request will then be prepared and submitted to Loudoun County for review and consideration by the Board of Supervisors.
A full copy of the Preliminary Growth Area Study is on the Town Website http://roundhillva.org/town-of-round-hill-expansion/
If you have any questions, please contact:
Town Planner Melissa Hynes [email protected]
Mayor Scott Ramsey [email protected]