The master planning process for the Leesburg Town Hall grounds is underway.
The idea to develop a master plan for the Town Hall property stemmed from Board of Architectural Review discussions last year. At the time, the BAR was considering the splash pad project at Mervin Jackson Park, next to the Town Hall parking garage.
Questioning whether historic downtown was the right location for that project, board members urged the Town Council to develop a plan for the entire Town Hall property rather than pursuing projects on a piecemeal basis. The splash pad project was recently deleted from the Capital Improvements Program by the Town Council during budget deliberations.
Town Planning and Zoning Department Director Susan Berry-Hill is spearheading the staff-led effort to garner public input for the project. She said town staffers will provide a survey to several town boards and commissions—the BAR, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Commission on Public Art, and the Planning Commission—in addition to the Historic Downtown Leesburg Association and the Loudoun Museum.
The survey will show the Town Hall property divided into 10 segments, including different facades and entries into the garage, the Rose Garden area, the Loudoun Museum property, and the Town Green, to name a few, and ask for input on what improvements can be added to those areas. The public at large will also be asked to give input, likely via the town website, Berry-Hill said.
The responses will then be compiled and sent back to the boards and commissions so members can see all the ideas on the table.
“Then the idea is to refine that further and come up with a master plan,” she said. “It’ll be the long-term plan for improvements to all these specific areas. We’re referring to it as the Town Hall campus.”
Ultimately, the Town Council will get the final say on the master plan. Berry-Hill said she hopes to present to council members in the early fall, but said the timeline will be dictated by how close together, or different, the recommendations are.
In the initial surveys, the town staff will provide some options on hardscape and softscape enhancements, like public art and different landscaping features, Berry-Hill said, but the goal is to receive fresh ideas from those surveyed.
“I think we’re going to start with an open book and see what we get,” she said.
A project page on the Town Hall Master Plan will be forthcoming on the town website, Berry-Hill said. In the meantime, she and other town staffers will be making presentations to town boards and commissions to solicit initial feedback.