Virginia: Leesburg Council vote in favor of rezoning for proposed data center

Mar 01, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Town council officials in Leesburg, Virginia, announced this week that they have voted to approve a rezoning application that will allow data centers and additional industrial and research park uses on two parcels of vacant land to the south of Leesburg.

Springfield East, LC, the applicant sought permission to amend the concept plan for the property, known as Village at Leesburg Land Bays D&E, to allow for the development of data centers and other additional uses currently permitted in the I-1 (Industrial/Research Park) zoning district.

“Springfield East, LC has explored many development opportunities over the last 20 years—yet the land remains vacant,” the application stated. “Bifurcated by Russell Branch Parkway into irregularly shaped parcels and encumbered with significant environmental and easement constraints, the land has proven a challenge for development."

It continues: "Despite being zoned for industrial uses, the developable portion of the property is too small and oddly shaped to be viable for most industrial development. Additionally, the existing proffers stifle the property’s development potential.”