The Prince William Board of County Supervisors this week gave a developer permission to assemble taller information facilities close to Independent Hill than was beforehand allowed.

This article was republished with permission from WTOP’s information companion Sign up for’s free email subscription today.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors this week gave a developer permission to assemble taller information facilities close to Independent Hill than was beforehand allowed.

The property, often known as Parson’s Business Park and on 90 acres at 14237 and 14209 Dumfries Road within the mid-county space, is positioned inside the county’s information middle overlay zone, which allows improvement of the know-how hubs.

The web site was already largely zoned to accommodate information facilities. But the brand new allowances accepted by the board allow the developer, Parson’s Business Park LLC, to assemble information middle buildings which might be as much as 85 toes tall to accommodate further area for computing. Previously, solely buildings as much as 75 toes tall had been allowed.

In the previous, over half of the property, Parsons Farm, was for a backyard middle and landscaping service operation. In 2019, the property was rezoned to develop as an industrial enterprise park with a wide range of potential makes use of, however nothing was constructed.

The board amended the zoning designation of a land bay inside the property to permit heavy industrial makes use of, and rezoned an adjoining 6-acre property at 7901 Six Towers Road from agricultural to heavy industrial to permit achievement facilities and information facilities. The Six Towers Road property additionally falls inside the information middle overlay district.

Despite the corporate looking for better allowances for taller information facilities, Parson’s has not confirmed will probably be constructing them.

But county planning workers urged there may be good motive to consider they are going to be constructed.

“We don’t know if it would totally be an information middle,” county planner Scott Meyer mentioned throughout Tuesday’s assembly. “But in our opinion, in the event that they’re doing this, then why would it not not be probably an information middle?”

The developer additionally didn’t supply particular web site layouts, making it unclear the place on the property heavy industrial makes use of could be constructed.

The utility was initially rejected by the Prince William Planning Commission over issues in regards to the buffer between the proposed improvement and Dumfries Road. But workers mentioned the setbacks subsequently supplied by the developer introduced them to suggest approval.

The adjustments had been accepted with the assist of Democratic Occoquan Supervisor Kenny Boddye, Chair Deshundra Jefferson, Woodbridge Supervisor Maragret Franklin and Neabsco Supervisor Victor Angry, in addition to Republican Coles Supervisor Yesli Vega.

Both Vega and Jefferson, who usually oppose information middle improvement, voted in favor as a result of the mission is inside the overlay district.

“I’m comfy to say that this utility checks the entire containers,” Vega mentioned.

Gainesville Supervisor Bob Weir opposed, saying he’s involved about continued pressure on the facility grid from information facilities and the developer’s lack of dedication to plans.

“People are actually beginning to perceive the grid, the demand and the type of energy points we’re dealing [with],” mentioned Weir, referencing Loudoun County’s current rejection of an information middle partly on grounds it might suck up an excessive amount of electrical energy.

Brentsville Supervisor Tom Gordy, a Republican, and Potomac Supervisor Andrea Bailey, a Democrat, had been absent from the assembly and didn’t vote.

Gordy mentioned he had a beforehand scheduled work dedication however would have forged a “reluctant” sure vote on the proposal. “I’d have most popular to see a viewshed evaluation to find out the true impacts earlier than rendering a choice, one thing I requested and really helpful happen earlier than coming to the Board,” Gordy mentioned in an electronic mail.

Bailey didn’t return a request for touch upon how she would have voted.