Early next month, as our attention turns away from the election battles, county leaders will kick off the public participation element of the county’s comprehensive plan rewrite.
Dubbed “Envision Loudoun,” the 18-month-long program will lay out the policies to guide the community’s development over the next couple of decades. Work that was done in similar exercises in the early 1990s and again in the early 2000s is largely responsible for the Loudoun we enjoy today. The still-open countryside, a fairly functional road network, the emergence of multi-use town centers, and rail service to Ashburn are among today’s features that can be traced back to the debates of those eras.
What will it be like to live in Loudoun in 2040? That is what this new discussion is all about.
The question leading into those public forums is an important one: Will anyone show up?
Here are some reasons you should: There is a loud data center being built next to my home. I hate sitting in traffic on Waxpool Road. I want to build a brewery on my farm but my neighbors don’t want me to. My neighbors want to open a country inn, but I don’t want them to. I want my kids to be able to live nearby. I want to be able to retire here affordably. I want more things to do locally with my family.
There are hundreds of other daily quality-of-life issues that will be influenced by the work that will be done around planning tables in the months ahead.
Planners are pitching Envision Loudoun as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put your finger prints on the county’s future. It can be if you care enough to join the effort.