Walbridge Statement Regarding Jack Andrews' Middleburg Preserve Development
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2019
Round Hill — Today, Tia Walbridge, Democratic nominee for Blue Ridge Supervisor, released the following statement regarding developer Jack Andrews' plan to build a 30-home subdivision by-right, near the village of St. Louis.
“Jack Andrews’ Middleburg Preserve is a prime example of the very real threat of by-right development in western Loudoun. Our western Supervisors frequently boast that they “did not allow one new home in the Rural Policy Area” in the new Comprehensive Plan, ignoring the potential for 11,000 new homes to be built here by-right, without county approval.
The next Board of Supervisors will be responsible for putting teeth behind the pretty words of the Comprehensive Plan by overhauling our zoning code, which is how we protect our rural communities from by-right developments like the Middleburg Preserve. Chair Randall is right when she says the current Board has little power to push back against the planned development. That’s why it is so important that we elect a local leaders who understand the details of zoning policy, who have lived or are sympathetic to the impact of by-right development on rural communities, and who show up for their constituents.
Chair Randall deserves credit for showing up to listen to the St. Louis community. The absence of current Blue Ridge Supervisor Tony Buffington, who represents St. Louis and has taken campaign contributions from Mr. Andrews, is notable and concerning.
We have just 14 days to elect a Board of Supervisors with the courage to show up for their constituents and the will to solve tough problems. We no longer have to settle for lip service, empty promises, and backdoor politics. We just have to vote on November 5."