A comprehensive plan amendment and related land-use applications required to permit the move of the Loudoun Hounds planned stadium from Kincora to One Loudoun were moved to the “top of the pile,” as County Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) put it during this week’s board meeting.
The Hounds recently announced plans to move the stadium because they would not be able to start playing in 2014 at the Kincora site. York said the move was mutually agreeable to all parties.
Some residents have expressed concerns about the impact the minor league baseball team's stadium would have on transportation and the noise generated from games and other events that would be permitted.
“I know they’ve got some concerns about transportation and noise. We’re going to work through those,” Broad Run Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) said during the meeting.
A spokesman for the team said this week that the stadium likely would be turned slightly, compared to the rendering first released, to help reduce potential noise from events.
York said during the meeting that the expedited review does not mean the applications will forego all the scrutiny of any such change, but simply be moved ahead of other projects in the queue.
“It is simply this, and nothing more, nothing less … applications for the stadium go to the top of the pile instead of the bottom of the pile,” he said. “I’m supportive of this because I don’t want to lose an opportunity for baseball.”