Rural Zoning Statement

The Loudoun County Democratic Committee (LCDC) stands firmly opposed to the MOJAX development in St. Louis and – further – implores the Board of Supervisors (BOS) to make the downzoning of our rural villages a priority in the zoning rewrites.

The proposed MOJAX development is inappropriate; it is far too large for the small, rural, and historic African American community of St. Louis.

By adding 30, suburban-style, closely packed, homes to the existing housing stock of 90 rural, mostly working-class homes, MOJAX threatens to:

  • Drain available well water, endangering the health and safety of the entire community.
  • Overwhelm the aging and limited sewage system, also a danger to health and safety.
  • Bring untenable traffic, potentially destroying centuries-old, beloved rural (gravel) roads.
  • Increase the number of homes in the village by a third, significantly increasing the population, raising property values, and spurring gentrification, thereby eradicating the character and culture of this historic village.

Property owners have certain recognized rights, but those rights should not be so freely applied when they threaten the health and safety of others, nor when they threaten the well-being of families who have lived on this land – in some cases – dating back to when their ancestors were enslaved.

The case of the MOJAX development in St. Louis must not be the norm of how we treat the well-being of our rural villages and their residents. Given the disastrous outcomes that can come of developments such as these, we ask the BOS to make the downzoning of our rural villages a priority in the zoning rewrites.