Envision Loudoun Kicks Off Second Round of Public Input

The second round of public workshops on the county’s long-range master plan kicked off Monday night in Leesburg.

County planners and members of the Board of Supervisors-appointed comprehensive plan stakeholders committee began gathering input on a vision for Loudoun’s community development over the next 20 years at Harper Park Middle School.

“It is important that this reflect the will of the people of Loudoun County, and no one else,” said Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg) at the beginning of the meeting. “So please make your voice heard.”

The first round of Envision Loudoun input over the winter included six workshops.

During that first outreach effort, hundreds of people turned out to give their views on the county’s future community development priorities, and the county tallied more than 900 people at in-person sessions and more than 500 people giving their thoughts online at envision-loudoun.com. A database of the nearly 5,000 ideas recorded during those meetings and the online input, collected by county planners has been organized and made available by on the Loudoun Preservation and Conservation Coalition website, loudouncoalition.org.

Since then, county planners and the committee have been at work putting together the top-level vision and goals for the county’s new comprehensive plan, which will guide growth and development in the county for years to come.

There will be four more input sessions during this round of public comment:

  • Wednesday, June 7, at Cascades Senior Center in Sterling, 7 p.m.
  • Monday, June 12, at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 13, at Harmony Middle School in Hamilton, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 15, at Mercer Middle School in Aldie, 7 p.m.

Registration at all meetings begins a half-hour before the meeting.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

2 thoughts on “Envision Loudoun Kicks Off Second Round of Public Input

  • 2017-06-06 at 4:07 pm
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    This is such a cluster. Ill-informed residents making pie in the sky suggestions to a BOS appointed rudderless stakeholder group (that is getting grief from the public about its composition) responsible for putting together a 20 year plan (that has to be redone in 10 years) and presenting it to a BOS that will completely ignore it and craft their own plan that makes no changes to the TPA or RPA. It appears that some members of the BOS simply want to appear to be good politicians rather than actually being good politicians. Enough of the grandstanding, self absorbed, look at me crap. It’s time to tackle the real issues. A river crossing that incorporates Loudoun instead of Fairfax so the transportation infrastructure benefits Loudoun business. A county salary scale adjustment that reflects the needs and talent of a soon to be 500,000 person county rather than the 150,000 person county it’s based upon. A method to pay for metrorail that doesn’t adversely affect county services. A common vision with the Towns so residents aren’t paying twice for duplicative services. You know, stuff that really matters that doesn’t make for kumbaya headlines.

    • 2017-06-16 at 9:45 am
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      I attended the 6/13 session at Harmony MS and found Envision Loudoun to be a well organized forum with half the time spend gathering public input. The focus was on verifying the stated goals (gleaned from previous public input sessions) and yes, they were all great (and consistent with probably every public input session ever held in LoCo!) However, our table of business people, teachers and retirees quickly focused on the challenges of achieving these goals. The items I recall our our table emphasizing were:
      Affordable Housing
      Transportation
      Creative redevelopment of older neighborhoods
      A performing arts center located in high density area – either near Metro or revitalized neighborhood
      Connectivity between existing trails and green ways
      Public waterway access (OK, that is my pitch!)

      Kudos to the county staff who took extensive notes. Thank you table mates who discouraged politics and kept the focus on the plan!

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