Country Spirit – Spring 2018
Country Spirit – Spring 2018
Please join us for this year’s Canoe Clean Up Day on June 2nd. Please register at the link below. Rain Date may apply.
The Goose Creek Association’s Annual Meeting will be held on June 12, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Tri-County Feeds Community Room.
Please join us for light refreshments and a presentation by Benjamin Shoemaker, Executive Director for the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority on “Marshall and Fauquier County water provision and protection.”
7408 John Marshall Highway
Marshall, VA 20115
2017 ANNUAL REPORT
Thanks to all the dedicated students and adults for your efforts to protect the Goose Creek Watershed. It was a Spring planting success!
Goose Creek Association’s Annual Golden Goose Award Party was held at lovely Stoke on April 13, 2018. It was a beautiful evening and we named our 2018 Award recipient, Gem Bingol from PEC as the award winner. Gem’s dedication and participation with the efforts of Goose Creek Association throughout the years made it an easy choice. Gem is truly a “gem” and has worked closely with GCA in the past, offering her knowledge and expertise on many occasions as well as stream monitoring and training. Thank you to our hosts, Mr. and Mrs. George Morison and Mr. and Mrs. Dulany Morison and to all our committed members for making this a truly special evening.
Join Goose Creek Association and our exciting team of volunteers for Stream Monitor Training on Saturday, April 14, 2018
Place: Goose Creek Association
119 The Plains Road
Middleburg, VA 20117
For more information contact: email@example.com
Join our effort to send an appeal to the Loudoun BOS to DENY the rezoning of land along the Goose Creek for a Data Center. Please download the following letter, sign and email to all the Supervisors listed.
Thank you for your support. Click link for copy of letter.
To: The Honorable Members of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors
Phyllis J. Randall (Chair at Large): firstname.lastname@example.org
Ralph M. Buona, Vice Chairman (Ashburn): email@example.com
Suzanne M. Volpe, (Algonkian): firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony R. Buffington Jr., (Blue Ridge): email@example.com
Ron A. Meyer Jr., (Broad Run): firstname.lastname@example.org
Geary M. Higgins (Catoctin): email@example.com
Matthew F. Letourneau (Dulles): firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen C. Umstattd (Leesburg): email@example.com
Koran T. Saines (Sterling): firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: True North Data Center Rezoning Request, ZMAP-2017-0003, ZMOD-2017-0011
Protecting and preserving the environment and quality of life in the Goose Creek Watershed and ensuring the integrity of Goose Creek itself is a matter of critical importance to residents and visitors of Loudoun County. I am writing today to ask that you PLEASE VOTE TO DENY THIS REZONING APPLICATION, scheduled for final vote on January18, 2018.
The True North Data center rezoning decision now pits vital resource protection against potential revenues. This stream of revenue is likely be replaced by continued data center development in areas of the county now zoned and prepared to host such a use. To approve this untimely and ill-warranted rezoning request is to bow unnecessarily to accommodate an industry already provided with multiple site options available without resort to rezoning.
Goose Creek is a valuable source of drinking water for Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. I ask you, the elected representatives of the individuals and families who live in and love this County, please vote to protect our irreplaceable and threatened water resources, protect Goose Creek, Deny the True North rezoning application. All Loudoun residents and visitors will thank you for protecting our state scenic river.
With sincere regards,
November 8, 2017
Fauquier County Board of Supervisors
Warren Green Building
10 Hotel Street, Suite 208
Warrenton, Virginia 20186
RE: Comments On Resolution Supporting Rehabilitation of the Waterloo Bridge
The Goose Creek Association1 (GCA) is pleased to provide you with the following comments related to the Waterloo Bridge Resolution:
• GCA urges the BOS to vote in favor of the resolution supporting the rehabilitation of the Waterloo Bridge.
• Good citizens and the community have joined together to protect and preserve the bridge’s historic heritage in a cost efficient and economical manner.
• A vote in support of the resolution is a vote for preserving the historic character of our countryside and local roadways.
For these reasons, we urge the Board of Supervisors to vote in favor of the resolution supporting the rehabilitation of the Waterloo Bridge.
Lori Keenan McGuinness
Chair for Fauquier County
Richard Gerhardt, Chairman – Cedar Run District – email@example.com
Christoper Butler – Vice Chairman – Lee District – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Leigh McDaniel – Marshall District – email@example.com
Christopher Granger – Center District – firstname.lastname@example.org
Holder Trumbo, Jr. – Scott District – email@example.com
Board of Supervisors – Main – firstname.lastname@example.org
1 The Goose Creek Association (GCA) is charged with monitoring stream water quality, proposed developments, zoning changes, and other actions that have potential impact on the environment and quality of life in the Goose Creek watershed in Fauquier and Loudoun Counties, VA. We are a nonprofit 501C3 organization with hundreds of members who share a determination to protect and preserve the natural resources, historic heritage and rural quality of life found in this beautiful part of Virginia.
On Friday, February 2nd, 2018 The Goose Creek Association and The Land Trust of Virginia have once again teamed up to present an interesting lecture and presentation by Dr. Ellen Stofan, Nasa Chief Scientist, entitled “What we can learn about Earth from space”. Join us at the Hill School Theatre at 6pm. This event is open to the public.
To: The Honorable Members of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors:
Phyllis.Randall@loudoun.gov ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; Tony.Buffington@loudoun.gov ; email@example.com ; Geary.Higgins@loudoun.gov ; Matt.Letourneau@loudoun.gov ; Kristen.Umstattd@loudoun.gov ; Koran.Saines@loudoun.gov
From: Goose Creek Association
Re: True North Rezoning Application ZMAP-2017-0003, ZMOD-2017-0011
Date: October 25, 2017
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the Board:
This letter is written to you to express the strong opposition of the Goose Creek Association regarding the proposed rezoning application from True North Data, requesting 105.6 Acres to be rezoned from TR-10 to Planned Office Park, in order to accommodate a 750,000 square foot data center. We urge you to deny this application for the following reasons:
1. The proposed new use is NOT in conformance with and is a fundamental direction change from the existing Comprehensive Plan. Additionally, given that the County has entered into a public process, “Envision Loudoun,” to review and update its current Plan, the decision to approve the proposed rezoning would be premature and would be taken without proper consideration due such a significant use change.
2. Questions still remain regarding the protection of Goose Creek, a State Scenic River and an important source of clean drinking water for thousands of users in the Goose Creek and Potomac River watersheds. While we appreciate Low Impact Development practices have been proffered, there is no way to ensure that they will result in adequate, effective storm water management in an area immediately adjacent to a significant expanse of Goose Creek. Accidental chemical spillage, possible impact of flooding of Goose Creek onto the subject property, large expanses of asphalt and a 42% developed building site utilizing impervious surfaces generating significant water and pollutant run off, and the potential for a compromised riparian buffer zone may impact the integrity of Goose Creek and the acceptability of its waters as a public resource for consumption and recreation.
3. A globally rare Northern Piedmont Maffic Barren Rock Community has been identified by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation on the northeast portion of the proposed site. It is unclear what, if any effort will be taken to protect this important area.
It is well known that Loudoun County benefits economically from the development and operation of data centers. The County has wisely zoned for such development in areas within the Suburban Policy Area that can and do appropriately provide both an acceptable commercial environment and adequate infrastructure to serve data centers. According to the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, the Route 606 corridor has current approved zoning for 43 additional data center sites of varying size where several data centers are now located. These already zoned areas can reportedly accommodate millions more square feet of development.
Rezoning in this particularly environmentally sensitive area of the TPA would send the wrong signal to residents in the TPA who have relied on the existing zoning, as well as prospective employers seeking locations in counties that choose to protect the environment.
Surely, given the wealth of space available and already zoned today to accommodate the growth of data centers in Loudoun, it is unnecessary to invade areas planned for less intensive use and scale within other Policy Areas, including the Transition Policy Area.
Thank you for your attention and we respectfully request that your vote to deny this rezoning application.
Bonnie Mattingly Lori McGuinness
GCA Co-Chair Loudoun County GCA Co-Chair Fauquier County
1 The Goose Creek Association (GCA) is charged with monitoring stream water quality, proposed developments, legislation, zoning changes, and other actions that have potential impact on the environment and quality of life in the Goose Creek watershed in Fauquier and Loudoun Counties, VA. We are a nonprofit 501C3 organization with hundreds of members who share a determination to protect and preserve the natural resources, historic heritage and rural quality of life found in this beautiful part of Virginia.