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TOL PR 2016-07-12 Interim Proffer Policy Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Town of Leesburg Announces Interim Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications Recent state changes to proffer rules spur change in application processing. Leesburg, VA (July 12, 2016) – As a result of a new state law that went into effect on July 1, 2016, the Leesburg Town Council has implemented an interim policy to address potential ramifications of the new legislation until permanent Town policy changes can be made. The interim policy is anticipated to be in effect at least four to six months. The interim policy applies to any rezoning application accepted after July 1, 2016, that contains a residential component. The interim policy consists of three key elements: 1. The Town will not accept any type of proffer (cash or contribution) for any rezoning application that contains a residential component. 2. The Town will no longer accept applicant-initiated amendments to the Town Plan. 3. The policy will remain in effect until a permanent policy is established and amendments are made to the Zoning Ordinance, Town Plan and other Town documents that relate to proffers. In addition to changes to the Zoning Ordinance and Town Plan, staff anticipates that the permanent policy will include changes to application procedures, the repeal of established proffer guidelines, and an examination of development fees. For more information, contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-771-2765. # # #