Lucketts, VA– Last night, John Whitbeck, candidate for Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, participated in the Lucketts Ruritan Club’s Forum where he discussed his focus on quality of life in Loudoun.
“As a county, quality of life should be our top concern in every decision before the board whether it be our traffic, tolls, schools, or otherwise,” said Whitbeck.
During his campaign, Whitbeck has focused on issues of school safety, tolls, traffic, and preservation for their impact on Loudoun’s current and future quality of life. During the forum, both environmental and transportation issues were discussed in particular.
On the issue of environmental protection, Whitbeck addressed the county’s need for land use policies that prioritize concerns for natural resources.
“At the local level, we can make sure that our land use policies have an eye toward protecting our open space and protecting our farmland and natural resources.”
The widening of Rt. 15 was also discussed. Whitbeck pointed out that adding lanes will not necessarily improve traffic and that supervisors will need to pay close attention to the details and make sure that the improvements are effective. He was optimistic about the added median and the safety concerns that it will address.
“The last thing we want is for Rt. 15 to look like Rt. 50 or Rt. 7,” said Whitbeck.