• New Web site shows development status in Loudoun

        By Elizabeth Coe
        Source: Loudoun Times-Mirror
        TUESDAY, JULY 22 2008

        Residents of Loudoun County now have a quick and easy way to keep track of what is going to be built in their communities.

        A new Web site, www.LocalDecisions.org , gives users the ability to look up proposed, approved and denied building projects in any Loudoun ZIP Code.

        “We think it’s a very helpful tool for people,” said Bob Lazaro, spokesman for the Piedmont Environmental Council , which launched the site July 16. “Before this, there was no one place that a person could go to find information about what’s happening in their neighborhood or in the county as a whole.”

        Clicking on a particular property can give users more information such as its status and the project’s identification number.

        The Web site also allows users to post comments about a specific commercial or residential parcel and includes links to supervisors’ e-mails in case of additional questions.

        The site currently includes about 38,000 projects and will be updated quarterly with information purchased from the county, Lazaro said.

        The Piedmont Environmental Council is a nonprofit organization based in Warrenton that works to promote and protect the region’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty.

        Lazaro said the Web site started with Loudoun but will expand to include PEC’s eight other counties in the northern Piedmont region of Virginia.

        Contact the reporter at ecoe@timespapers.com

        Article taken from http://www.loudountimes.com/news/2008/jul/22/new-web-site-shows-development-status-loudoun/