Northern Virginia: Application for 277-acres of data center development filed in Nokesville

May 11, 2022 | Posted by MadalineDunn

According to a report by Inside NoVa, an application has been filed in Nokesville, in Virginia’s Prince William County, for 277-acres of data center development. The application, submitted by the House family, seeks to change their property designation from an agricultural estate to a newly-proposed Data Center Edge District (DCED), which would permit the development of data centers, and, according to the proposal, increase the county’s commercial tax base.

The application was first submitted in May 2021 by the Kettle Wind Family Limited Partnership, Dale Allen House, Lisa House, the estate of Harold Ellis House, Donna House and Royall House Inc and would reportedly, “create opportunities for the construction of data centers in appropriate locations” with plots on a minimum of 40-acres. This acre specification, as outlined in the application, will supposedly “[create] the critical mass desired by the industry and [discourage] the development of single buildings scattered across the County.”

The proposal is not without opposition, with one local resident arguing that “the House Farm is no place for a data center.”