Our letter to the Board of Supervisors

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Page in the Zoning Ordinance showing rules for temporary signs

Article in the Loudoun Now newspaper about the vote.

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Loudoun’s uncluttered roadside beauty is both a valued asset to its citizens and visitors and of substantial economic importance to its $1.7 billion tourism industry* (third highest in the state). That tourism prowess shows how well—up to this point—its scenic landscapes have benefited all.

So it is with deep dismay that the Leesburg Garden Club witnessed the Board of Supervisors’ July 20, 2017, vote to undo protections for those roadside landscapes that so many citizens have worked so hard to preserve.

Starting in the 1930s, Leesburg Garden Club, led by Vinton Pickens, worked to remove billboards from Loudoun County, and lobbied to persuade the Board of Supervisors to appoint a Planning Commission to write a zoning ordinance. In 1942 Loudoun became the first rural county in the nation to have a zoning ordinance (with Pickens as the Planning Commission’s first chairman). Management of signs was an important part of the zoning ordinance, and remains so.

Leesburg Garden Club: Efforts to ask the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to rescind the new zoning ordinance allowing for an unlimited number of 32 sq ft signs and any property in our County