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St. Louis Village Plan
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has approved a work plan initiating the St. Louis Village Plan, designed to help St. Louis maintain its unique character, support the community’s goals and address a range of issues related to land use, development and quality of life.
The project involves the St. Louis Village Plan Task Force, comprising a mix of residents, property owners, and representatives of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of St. Louis, Banneker Elementary School, the Black History Committee (Friends of Thomas Balch Library), and the Loudoun Historic Village Alliance. The task force is working with county staff to craft the plan. The task force has three subcommittees focusing on water issues, history and heritage and land use and infrastructure.
Task Force Meetings
The task force is conducting regular community meetings to involve village residents and keep you informed of their work, which is expected to extend throughout 2023 and be completed in early 2024.
Stay Informed About This Project
- View all updates on the St. Louis Village Plan Project
- Sign up to receive updates on this project in Notify Me, Blogs category
- Residents who have questions about the St. Louis Village Plan project may email project manager Jennifer Moore at the Department of Planning and Zoning or call 703-777-0246.
- Members of the news media should contact email Glen Barbour or call 703-771-5086.
Development of a St. Louis Village Plan will result in an update to the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan, which is the county government’s guide for land use and transportation policy. The current plan is available at loudoun.gov/comprehensiveplan.
- In January 2022, the Board of Supervisors approved a Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM) to develop a Village Area Plan for St. Louis and, if necessary, other necessary policy changes to help realize the Village Area Plan; and a Zoning Ordinance Amendment to implement the vision of the Village Area Plan.
- Once adopted, the Village Plan will become an area plan that is incorporated into the county’s Comprehensive Plan.
- The CPAM process includes many steps that may include future updates to zoning ordinances and maps, which provide more specific policy guidance on land use and residential density. The entire CPAM process is public and includes input from the community to the Board of Supervisors.
- Development of the St. Louis Village Plan is just the first step in updating the county’s planning documents and regulations.
Who is eligible for the free water test?
- The county will provide free well water testing to St. Louis residents whose property falls within the village’s sewer service district.
- The county has identified federal funding that can be used to provide this testing free of charge.
When is the water test being offered?
- St. Louis residents who are interested in receiving a free well water test will take water samples on April 5, 2023, and return them to county staff in St. Louis on the same day.
- A second opportunity for free well water testing will be offered to residents in the fall of 2023, likely in October. More information will be provided as the testing details are finalized.
- The county will provide St. Louis residents who have chosen to receive the test with water testing kits in advance.
How to sign up for a free water test.
- It’s up to residents to choose to participate in the free well water testing.
- The deadline for signing up for the April 5, 2023 testing has passed. Residents can now sign up for the fall 2023 free well water testing opportunity.
- Any St. Louis resident who is interested in receiving a free well water test may sign up in two ways:
- Online by submitting this form
- Over the phone by calling 703-771-5838
How does the testing work?
- In March of 2023, staff from Virginia Cooperative Extension - Loudoun will meet with residents who have signed up to receive a free well water test on April 5 to provide them with the water testing kits, show them how it works and explain what they need to do to collect the water sample.
- The Virginia Tech Research Lab will conduct the tests, which examine 14 water quality parameters: iron, manganese, nitrate, lead, arsenic, fluoride, sulfate, pH, total dissolved solids, hardness, sodium, copper, total coliform bacteria and E. coli bacteria.
- Residents will receive the test results directly, along with an explanation of what the results mean and information about addressing any problems. County staff can help you interpret the results upon request.
- The test results are confidential.
Why get tested?
- Residents may choose to test their well water to learn more about the quality of their water. The results may help residents identify any concerns.
- In addition, the results of this well water testing could provide useful information for residents as they consider future options for improving water quality in the village.
For more information on this opportunity, please contact Stuart Vermaak of the Virginia Cooperative Extension – Loudoun, at 703-771-5838 or by email.
What is a water feasibility study?
- A feasibility study is conducted as part of Loudoun County’s Water and Wastewater Program, which is designed to assist communities experiencing issues with deficient or non-existent water and/or wastewater systems.
- A feasibility study is a technical evaluation and analysis of the potential methods of providing water and/or wastewater solutions to communities, the projected costs, and the extent of work necessary to implement those solutions.
Who decides to conduct a feasibility study?
- The residents of St. Louis must decide whether they would like to pursue a water feasibility study under the county’s program.
- To initiate the program’s process, which includes a feasibility study, an application must be submitted by the community seeking water and/or wastewater assistance.
- Applications will be reviewed by the county for eligibility criteria that includes an identified water and/or wastewater concern, a map identifying the community boundary and area of concern, the signatures of at least 60% of property owners showing support of the request for county assistance, and identification of two community coordinators. (Community coordinators are volunteers who work together to develop a complete and informative application.)
- More information about the county’s Water and Wastewater Program can be found here.
Why would St. Louis residents consider a water feasibility study?
- A feasibility study provides a detailed evaluation of a communities existing water and/or wastewater conditions and provides the steps needed to resolve the potential water/wastewater issues discovered during the study. The information in the feasibility study allows communities to make more informed decisions.
- It is important to note that agreeing to participate in a study is not a commitment by residents to follow through with implementing any of the solutions that the study may recommend.
For more information on this process, email Scott Fincham of the Department of General Services or call 703-771-5520.