Thought I'd provide a little background on this issue. For those of you who don'r know me, I serve on the Broadlands HOA Board and represent the Broad Run District on the Loudoun County Planning Commission. As a normal course of business, applicants who have items scheduled for Planning Commission hearings will reach out to Commissioners to discuss their applications. Van Metre reached out to me to discuss this one. Their original intent was to have these units included in the HOA for the multi-family units east of Mooreview Parkway. There will be a clubhouse/swimming pool over there. I had some concerns with that. When you look at this section there are Broadlands residential units to the east, west, and north of this land. When these residents want to: use a tot lot, go for walks, use a tennis court, use a basketball court, etc., where do you think they will go? They are surrounded by Broadlands, so they will cross the street and use our amenities, whether they pay for them or not. The only things we can exclude them from are the community buildings and the swimming pools. My comment to Van Metre was that they either needed to provide more onsite amenities on this parcel or work with the HOA for inclusion into Broadlands. Also, for those that want to paint Van Metre as the "bad guy" in this, our governing documents allow them to annex property within one mile of Broadlands into the Association as their right as the Developer. The HOA has no say. Van Metre knew that action would be controversial and chose not to do it. Some data regarding this application: The HOA does not get to determine whether or not this gets approved. The HOA is just deciding if they would allow these additional units to be annexed into the HOA. At the county level, there is a Planning Commission work session on this application this Thursday. When the Planning Commission finishes the review, it will send its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. They will have a public hearing on this, so anyone with concerns about this application can raise them. The final decision on this rests with the Board of Supervisors. I'm guessing their Public Hearing will be in January. My opinion on this as an HOA Board member: I don't have any problems with additional residential units being added to Broadlands. It has happened before in the community. As mentioned above, I think these residents will be using a lot of our amenities even if they are not part of our HOA. Sunstoner did a good job of outlying the financial advantage to the HOA, with the price per unit fee and the monthly Association fees that would be collected. The additional trails would be of benefit as well...particularly the connection between Fieldthorn Terrace and Demott. This is something that has been requested many times by residents. Yes, it would have been nice if the Developer built them oringinally, but they weren't required to and they didn't. As far as the pools go, we sell around 250 outside family memberships each year. If the pools were to start getting crowded, we could terminate that practice. Our pools have plenty of capacity, and I'm always amazed at how little the Community Center pool actually gets used. Some comments about specific items address by others on this forum. This ground was never "open space" or "green space". It was originally designated as commercial property. Then it was given to George Mason University for a campus. Now it is being proposed for these residential units and a school site. As far as paths, Van Metre would be required to put a path on the east side of Demott only, along the new development. The HOA has asked them to extend this path to the north and east to connect with the Greenway overpass and connect to Broadlands Station to the east. A path on the west side of Demott from the Broadlands Apartments to the Harris Teeter will be build, as well as the connecting path to Fieldthorn Terrace. These paths will also be lit similarly to the other lit trails in the community. I agree with others that the community should have been kept better informed on this and input sought sooner. Hope some of this helps.