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February 17, 2010, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors created a Limestone Overlay District in the Route 15 corridor north of Leesburg, Virginia.

The decision was intended to protect groundwater and prevent contamination problems in that area. Raspberry Falls subdivision has been experiencing water quality problems in recent years.

Under the new policies, any water supply or well that will withdraw more than 10,000 gallons of water per day during any 30-day period would have to have a study done prior to approval. In addition, wells must be located at least 100 feet from sinkholes, depressions, caves, and sinking streams.   Also, any land disturbing activities and development will be allowed only if a geophysical study shows there is no risk from karst features. However, primary residential structures will be allowed, unless decided otherwise.

What does it mean to homeowners in the LOD area?

It means that all DEEDS, Site Plans, and Record Subdivision Plats will include a notice that the property is located within the LOD, Limestone Overlay District.  The notice informs new residents that they live in an area with very special geographic features.

The policy was criticized by DAAR, Dulles Area Association of REALTORS, who opposed creation of the District saying it will negatively affect property values and make it harder for homeowners to sell homes.

Anyone who needs more information about LOD should contact Loudoun County Zoning Office directly.

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SOURCE: Leesburg Today

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