Finally, an issue that developers and government officials can agree on -- green building is the future, and the sooner Loudoun gets on board, the better for the environment.Green development is a major topic for this Board, as environmental questions, like energy use, water supply and water quality, encroach on our quality of life. Leadership on environmentally-sensitive construction and development is not only in the county's best interests, but also allows Loudoun to take advantage of economies of location in this industry. Many of the leading initiatives in green construction are manifested in Virginia. Meanwhile, Fairfax and Arlington, to which many Loudoun citizens commute, have already blazed the trail for us.
According to Supervisor Andrea McGimsey (D-Potomac), the conversation on constructing more energy-efficient buildings in the county is just beginning. McGimsey said she sees developers as part of the solution, which makes the need for teamwork between the two entities essential. - The Loudoun Times-Mirror
Brian Gault, director of sustainable development for Fairfax-based Peterson Cos., has been working with governments in Arlington and Fairfax counties for several years on the issue.While one could question whether a similar model would work in a county with plenty of unoccupied office space, an incentive structure for Loudoun's developers is surely a reasonable goal for the newly-constituted ad-hoc Energy Efficiency Committee which Supervisor McGimsey chairs. And Supervisor McGimsey should be commended for acknowledging the important role developers can play in making a more environmentally supportive Loudoun possible. Loudoun's Democrats are not against development, we are against bad development. (Incidentally, these green construction initiatives nicely complement Del. Poisson's environmentally-conscious efforts in the Assembly.)
Gault said Arlington has adopted an incentive program to persuade developers to build green. Developers seeking a special exception for their projects can include environmentally friendly infrastructure, and receive bonus development density in return.
For example, instead of building a four-story standard commercial building, the developer would be allowed to build a six-story building if it chooses to build green. - The Loudoun Times-Mirror
Democrats from Loudoun have a cohesive philosophy of governance: a better and more sustainable quality-of-life for us and our neighbors. It is great to see them putting it in practice.