Thanks to everyone who responded to our original action alert. The November 15, 2017, Board of Supervisors’ public hearing was packed, and approximately 20 citizens spoke out against the rezoning. Each person’s comments were met with an impressive display of silent “jazz hands” applause, as supporters waved from the audience. Several supervisors commented on the amount of emails they received, urging them to vote “no” on the data center. Your voices are being heard!
UPDATED CALL TO ACTION: We’ll need your support one more time, as the Board made a motion to move the rezoning vote to December 5, 2017. Information about the meeting schedule and providing public input may be found here. Call the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at 703-777-0200 to sign up to speak at the December 5 meeting.
Original action alert:
Proposed data center in the Goose Creek watershed could set a damaging precedent.
On November 15, 2017, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS) will vote on whether to allow a 750,000-square-foot data center to locate on Sycolin Road.
The 105-acre parcel is bordered by Goose Creek and features pristine forests, a globally rare mafic barren ecological community, and habitat for state-threatened wood turtles and green floater mollusks.
The proposed site is in the Transition Policy Area outlined in Loudoun County’s Comprehensive Plan, and would require rezoning to be approved, opening the door for other light industrial companies to locate on watershed lands that currently function as filters for our drinking water supply while providing valuable wildlife habitat.
Please email your supervisor before November 15 with the message to vote “NO” on the data center, or call the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at 703-777-0200 to sign up to speak at the November 15 BOS meeting. Public comment begins at 6:30 p.m.
Read more about Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s position here.
Please share this action alert with friends and neighbors, and thank you for making a difference!
Wood turtle image by Tom Ramsay