The town will hold a final public meeting on the Eastern Gateway Small Area Plan Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the lower level of Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss progress of the Eastern Gateway District Small Area Plan and to gather one final round of public input before presenting the draft plan to the Planning Commission.
Over the past year, the town staff has developed the plan based on input received from stakeholders and the general public through surveys and public meetings.
Participants at Tuesday’s meeting will hear about the plan’s overall vision and proposed policies for development. Meeting participants will also have the opportunity to provide feedback and help to further refine specific aspects of the plan related to recreation, aesthetics, and opportunities for innovation.
“Everyone who participated in the process so far had some unique ideas about the future of the Eastern Gateway District, but there were several key themes where there was clear consensus,” said Rich Klusek, senior planner and project lead. “Community members made it clear that they want a mixed-use neighborhood with lots of recreation and entertainment opportunities. They also want the Eastern Gateway District to be an attractive area and something that town residents could be proud of as the gateway into the historic downtown.”
Members of the public, whether they attend the meeting or not, are encouraged to answer a six-question survey that will help prioritize improvements the town should pursue. More information about the project and a link to the survey is available at leesburgva.gov/easterngateway. The survey will close Nov. 5. Visitors to the website can sign up to receive periodic project updates via email as well.