Loudoun County has issued a Notice of Violation of the county’s zoning ordinance to the Trump National Golf Course located at 20391 Lowes Island Boulevard in Sterling following the improper removal of trees from a floodplain without a permit.
On February 28, 2019, Loudoun County inspected the golf course property, which borders the Potomac River. In its Notice of Violation, the county noted three violations of the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance:
When Loudoun County issues a zoning violation notice, it includes specific measures the property owner must take to correct the situation. In accordance with Section 6-502 of the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance, the county notified Trump National Golf Course of correction actions that include:
The county’s ordinance regarding the major floodplain is in place to protect property and public safety. Alterations to land in the major floodplain may impact the property on which the alterations occur as well as other properties located nearby or downstream. The required permits for alteration in the major floodplain include a review of plans prior to any changes in the major floodplain to ensure they do not have adverse effects.
The property owner has the option to appeal the county’s Notice of Violation to the Board of Zoning Appeals within 30 days, during which time any enforcement actions are put on hold pending the outcome of the appeal.
If the corrective actions are not taken, an initial fine of $200.00 for each offense will be issued. Loudoun County will continue to inspect the property in 10-day increments. Fines in the amount of $500 for each subsequent offense may be issued every 10 days if the county determines that a violation still exists after the appeal date has expired.
More information about the administration and enforcement of the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance is online at www.loudoun.gov/zoning.
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