The Laudan County Supervisory Board is considering changes to zoning regulations that prohibit the construction of data centers on the Virginia Route 7.
The Laudan County Supervisory Board is considering changes to zoning regulations that prohibit the construction of data centers on Route 7, in a county known as the World Internet Capital.
It is estimated that 70% of Internet traffic passes through what the county called the Alley Data Center, in Ashburn, which is considered part of the Dulles Technology Corridor.
However, executives are looking for ways to prevent developers from building data centers on Route 7, east of Leesburg, and west of Virginia Route 28.
“There are GW [the George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus], One Loudoun, Topgolf, but there is also a lot of land, to be honest, “- said the head of Yuli Briskman from Algonkyan. “Yes, as it’s zoned now, people could build data centers.”
Much of the undeveloped land belongs to data processing companies, which can be legally developed without being able to challenge development, “other than asking developers not to build data centers,” Briskman told WTOP.
As part of it continues Rewrite the Zoning Decreeexecutives are weighing the Route 7 data center overlay, which will prevent the construction of data centers on the site.
The county’s long-term vision for Corridor Route 7 is to build mixed-use suburbs, which may include single-family homes, apartments and condominiums, as well as small businesses.
Briskman would like to see so-called “industrial buildings with flexible use” that are designed to be easily adapted for small businesses that need storage and office space.
“You can see a startup, a small business, a brewery, a bakery,” Briskman said.
As part of her opposition to the construction of data centers along Route 7, Briskman said the corridor was not equipped with electricity and water infrastructure to support them.
“We will have power lines, industrial, huge power lines moving up and down Route 7,” Briskman said.
The data industry has played a big role in Laudan County’s growth and rich high-paying work.
“We love our community of data centers. They were so useful for our county, ”Briskman said. “But we need to have a more diversified revenue stream.”
Briskman points to the recent shortage of chips and its impact on technology: “Data centers have proven to be an unstable source of revenue” in terms of the county’s ability to tax revenue.
According to her, the future housing, which is part of the construction of suburban complexes, will be a more financially responsible source of income.
“Real estate taxes should be 51.5% or more of your income in any jurisdiction,” Briskman said. “We can’t reduce this dependence on data center revenue if we continue to build data centers.”
The council is expected to consider changes to zoning regulation later this month.