The rapid development in Loudoun County over the last few years has created uncertainty for farmers and rural businesses east of Route 15 who rely on a critical mass of open space and the rural environment to continue operations. A proactive, neighbor-by-neighbor approach is needed to educate landowners about the benefits of conservation easements and to accelerate land conservation in this area before it is lost to residential development.
The purpose of the Aldie Conservation Fund is to conserve and protect the scenic, historic, and rural character of the landscape in Aldie and the surrounding area. The immediate focus will be farms and historic properties east of Route 15 in the Transition and Rural Policy Area that are under threat of development. The goal is to “Draw the Line” and maintain the TPA (Transition Policy Area) as a buffer between Suburban and Rural with 50% open space and protect the Rural area.
Encourage landowners to preserve their land through permanent conservation easements and provide financial assistance to landowners who wish to voluntarily donate permanent conservation easements.
Encourage landowners to place their historic properties on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places and provide financial assistance for the nomination.
Purchase land that is under threat of development to preserve the historical, scenic and agricultural value of the property and prevent further suburban sprawl.
Secure state and federal grants and engage corporate and private citizen partners who want to preserve Aldie’s historic resources and farmland.