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GREENIES WANT $5500 OF YOUR MONEY

May 26, 2010

There is a public hearing TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. to hear citizen feedback on the proposal to adopt new stringent federal environmental regulations for far away Chesapeake Bay. Our water shed is no where near but thats what the greenies are considering tonight.

YOU OR YOUR NEIGHBOR HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED a "Resource Management Area" and The Greenies Want $5500 Up Front before you do any "land disturbance".

I have asked for Sterling and Route 28 (the commercial tax base) to be exempted as I have successfully done in the past with other "minor flood plan" schemes but the staff and board says that we can not exempt anyone in Loudoun.

If you object please write the board at bos@loudoun.gov and state "Please reject the Chesapeake " Pay" Act and get back to reducing, NOT INCREASING, tax burdens and regulations on me and my neighbors". Or call the comment line at 703-777-0115.

CHESAPEAKE "PAY ACT" COSTS YOU BIG MONEY


I posted this incredible report (see link above) back on May 6 and little has changed. However the business community and citizens are outraged since I told you about it.

And the planning commission has now voted 6 yes, 2 no (Sterling's Planning Commissioner Helena Syska voted no) one absent on May 12 to "recommend approval" to the board.

Chairman York exclaimed to staff May 5: "How much is it going to cost me for a PERMIT to put a deck on my house under this proposed adoption of the Chesapeake Bay Act?" The answer came back "about $3700" based on estimates and a chart showing the details of how the county planning commission and the board of supervisors will make each homeowner pay for the charting of a "special map" showing how Loudoun conforms with the "voluntary" Chesqpeake Bay Act.

The one page chart listed "mapping" for $700 and other fees totaling as high as $4000.00 for a home to get a deck permit.

(addendum: dog houses, patios other PERMIT fees are additional and go up to $5500, according to one group, for a 1/4 acre house)

This does not include the cost of the deck on your house. Or the patio. It would be the fees paid to the county to determine if you are in the flood plain area drawn in general scale by the county. You the taxpayer would pay for mapping to determine if you fall in the area to be regulated.

Confused? So is the county.

How can you explain county supervisors or staff that think it is normal for families to tack on an extra $5500 to help with something that will not affect water quality here in Loudoun?

YOU WILL PAY TO FINANCE THE PLAN


The county will require "YOU" to finance compliance with this new federal law (- which we do not have to adopt -) adopted by the state of Maryland but not the state of Pennslyvania by requiring anyone who may be affected to fund a report establishing if they are, indeed, to be regulated when they come in for a permit to build a deck, patio or add on to the existing house.

This "only" affects homeowners who have not built a deck or patio or other structure (i.e. a shed or garage) on their property at this time and are in a generally designated area.

Only ten or twenty thousand people. And these properties are in 50 per cent of the entire land mass which has to be mapped which means 50 per cent of all landowners are required to pay the fees up front.

The county might grandfather in existing structures but can not exempt any property or residential parcel. So all future improvements would require the "$3700" fee for a permit.

DELGAUDIO REPORT ON CHES PAY ACT POSTED MAY 6
http://joineugene.com/news/article.php?article=5819

For more information on how you will have to pay $5500 in County Permit Fees to build a deck, etc. visit
http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=2872&zoom_highlight=chesapeake+act

NEW WEBSITE "Loudoun Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Ordinance Alert

The Dulles Area Realtors have put together a website to oppose this new effort to collect money for nothing, thank you to "DAR" for putting together this opposition.

DAR agrees with me that "The proposal to designate ALL PARCELS in the County as a Resource Management Area that are not designated as a Resource Protection Area would impose an additional regulatory burden on properties that have relatively little potential to cause significant water quality degradation."

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A FORM LETTER TO SEND
http://takeaction.realtoractioncenter.com/campaign/ChesBayAlert


LEESBURG TODAY ARTICLE: Chesapeake Bay Initiative: Too Much Or Too Little?
http://www.leesburg2day.com/articles/2010/05/16/news/9729bayact051410.txt

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE

MUCH MORE.

The estimate on the part of the staff just to register affected homes is a 4,000 dollar MINIMUM permit fee and that is just to map the affected properties in Loudoun.

The cost to the homeowner to comply with this Executive Order could run into the tens of thousands of dollars and this does not include the construction of their patio, deck or non-residential structure, just keeping the "disturbed land area ratios" in a particular relationship to the "envelope" or "impact" of the house.

In lay terms, you would have to replace or compensate on an equal basis from other parts of your property if you decide you want an improvement.

The executive order and/or the "voluntary" adoption of "MANDATORY" regulations is going to cost Loudoun taxpayers 100s of millions of dollars for absolutely no measureable impact on the quality of the Ches. Bay since most of the run off from houses disappears with 50 foot minimum buffers on 99 per cent of the properties and 50 miles of filters to the bay from
Loudoun.


PERMISSION GRANTED IN ADVANCE TO SEND ON TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS .

Sincerely,

EUGENE DELGAUDIO
STERLING DISTRICT

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