I see Mr. Houston’s valid point about the vision presented. To me, the vision looked like it was written by real estate and businesspersons, with some consulting language, and it did not comprehensively reflect the uniqueness of our county, including its history, culture and geography. However, that is precisely why such meetings are held. We as concerned citizens need to attend these meetings and voice our appreciation, doubt, anger, hope, needs and vision for Loudoun.
As a 17-year Loudoun resident, a small business owner, parent of a Loudoun high schooler and a runner wanting more fun trails in our county, I wanted my voice heard. I attended the session at Harper Park Middle School and joined a round table. We had a diverse group of participants—a high school student, farm owners from western Loudoun, high-density neighborhood residents from eastern Loudoun, new and long-term residents, small business owners, men and women from different races and ethnicities. We had a great discussion about our vision for Loudoun, with concrete ideas and passionate arguments. It felt very empowering to be there. The event was very well organized. A lot of artifacts were deployed to gather feedback from participants—maps, survey sheets, comment cards, even a fun table exercise to model a road.
I hope the county leaders heard us. We don’t want a cookie-cutter plan for Loudoun, a “cut and paste” from some other city. Let Loudoun’s citizens who plan to live here, raise our kids here, and maybe rest in peace here one day, be the architects of our county’s future. Let us participate more.
Uma Marques, Leesburg