Loudoun's Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday night to send a rezoning application for a 750,000-square-foot data center in the county's transition policy area to committee to make additional changes to the application.
The controversial data center proposal near one of the county's main water sources, Goose Creek, has drawn sharp opposition from local environmental groups. The county's transition policy area is meant to serve as a buffer zone between suburban east and rural west.
The board voted to send the Compass Datacenters application to the board's Transportation and Land Use Committee for review after a motion brought forward by Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) to deny the application failed 4-5, with Supervisors Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run), Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg), Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles), Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) and Koran Saines (D-Sterling) opposed.
Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) and Supervisors Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) and Higgins voted to deny the application.