Town Council Studying Expansion Options
July 2017 (Updated on 11/9/17)
Link to the 2017 Preliminary Growth Area Study – REPORT
Link to the 2017 Preliminary Growth Area Study – PRESENTATION (September 19, 2017)
Over the next six months, the Town Council will be studying expansion of the Town boundaries, including outreach to the public. The first public information session was held on August 3, 2017 with about 120 people in attendance. The second public information session was held on September 19, 2017 at Round Hill Elementary School with about 60 people in attendance. The Town plans additional outreach before it makes a decision on which areas it will seek to add to its jurisdiction. Over November and December, the Town will be conducting direct outreach to residents of the short term area and holding small neighborhood specific meetings. These meetings can be held at the Town Office or at a resident’s home (someone who volunteers to host on behalf of the neighborhood). If you are interested in attending or hosting a small neighborhood specific meeting, please contact Melisa Hynes at [email protected] Another option is to meet with the Mayor or Staff one-on-one at a meeting time/location that fits with your schedule.
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 was discussed at the June 8 Town Council meeting and a final version of the Study is expected to be adopted at the July 6 meeting, after which it will be on the Town website.
At that June 8 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 be prepared and submitted to Loudoun County for review and consideration by the Board of Supervisors.
The Town plans to pursue a Boundary Line Adjustment —a voluntary agreement between the Town and County that includes formal public hearings, formal approval by both bodies and certification by the Circuit Court.
The Town encourages all current and potential future residents to let the Town Council know their opinion and ideas regarding Town expansion, either at the planned August 3, 2017 public information meeting, other future public meetings on this topic, at regularly scheduled Town Council meetings, via email to [email protected] or by contacting Town Council members directly via the Town website at www.roundhillva.org.
You are also invited to complete one of the following surveys to inform the Town Council of your thoughts and questions on Town Expansion:
Link to Survey for In-Town Residents
Link to Survey for Out-of-Town Residents
The following are links to local newspaper articles about the Town Expansion Process: