Monthly Archives: March 2012

Is the honeymoon over?

Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York, Loudoun County’s very own Vicar of Bray, may be having second thoughts about having re-embraced the Republican fold, now that he has had two months of seeing close up the material he has to work with in his fellow members of his new all-Republican board.

Chairman Scott York (left) displays an understandable reluctance to get too intimate with fellow Republican supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (Courtesy Loudoun Times-Mirror, One of the World’s Newspapers)

York this week and last found himself outvoted on a series of budget cuts Continue reading

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Trees, history, and other impediments

You may not have been aware of it, but judging by the swift and efficient recommendations of the new all-development-industry review committee appointed by our new all-Republican Board of Supervisors, among the major impediments to making Loudoun more “business friendly” turn out to be the requirement that developers don’t needlessly bulldoze away trees, soil, or irreplaceable archeological sites. Continue reading

No conflicts here . . .

A fine specimen of the fairness, objectivity, and public interest of the new appointees to the “public review” committees who are rewriting the rules developers will have to follow in our fair county under the new “business friendly” GOP regime:

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The GOP formula: Keep Loudoun ugly

The last time the very developer-friendly Loudoun Republican Party ran things (back in 2003–2007, when they had a 5–4 majority on the Board of Supervisors), they were notorious for mocking and deriding anyone who dared to suggest that there might be things in Loudoun worth preserving—such as its Civil War and Revolutionary War history, its farmland, or what’s left of its unparalleled natural beauty.

Supervisor Buona's idea of a Loudoun tourist attraction

(The late unlamented Stephen Snow, one of the more triumphalist of the 2003–2007 GOP supervisors, derisively suggested that the “tree huggers” who opposed unbridled development ought to move to Canada.)

The new bunch that swept into office this January on our new all-Republican Board of Supervisors have been trying very hard to be smoother in their outward mien. But they still can’t help showing their true selves. Continue reading

You’re not a “stakeholder”—you just live here

As part of its very efficient effort to make Loudoun more “business friendly” (see definitions here), the new all-Republican board of supervisors has been very efficiently reconstituting the “stakeholder” committees that will be making recommendations to rewrite rules, regulations, and zoning ordinances.

Somehow, if you merely live here and care about the future of the county, you apparently have no “stake” in the process.

Conversely, if you are a commercial real estate developer, especially one who has given thousands of dollars to local Republican candidates, your interests are vital. Continue reading