Loudoun residents oppose development plans

— Loudoun residents showed up in force at recent Loudoun County Board of Supervisors meetings to speak out against increased development being considered as part of the Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan, Middleburg Mayor Bridge Littleton said Tuesday.

About 130 people spoke at the first public input session, with the overwhelming majority promoting conservation. “It was a great showing for people who really want to protect western Loudoun,” he told attendees at the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s monthly Biz Buzz networking event, held May 14 at Mystique Jewelers.

The Board of Supervisors will hold five more work sessions before voting on the plan, including a May 20 meeting focused on the fate of the Transition Policy Area, which is slated for an additional 18,000 homes under the draft plan. Those wishing to comment on the plan can email the entire board at bos@loudoun.gov or find emails for individual supervisors here.

MBPA’s Biz Buzz also served to highlight several recent successes, including Salamander Resort & Spa winning Marketing Campaign of the Year at Visit Loudoun’s annual meeting for the resort’s “Keeping Up with Cupcake” advertising campaign following the miniature horse. (You can read more about the award ceremony, including other nominees here.)

Middleburg also had winners in several categories in this year’s Virginia Living Magazine “Best of Virginia” contest, including Salamander Resort & Spa for best hotel and Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery for best cidery.

Middleburg also has several new businesses in town, including Southerly House, Le Petit Marche and Regain Your Voice. Others expected to open soon include Atelier Design & Decor, Old Ox Brewery, Chloe’s of Middleburg, Middleburg Bridal, Middleburg Juice Co. and Purple Cherry Architects.

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If you want to connect with other Middleburg business owners and professionals, please join us at the next Biz Buzz, to be held June 11 at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant. RSVP via Facebook or by emailing info@visitmiddleburgva.com.