Editor: I attended the first Envision Loudoun Open House in Hamilton on Monday evening. In my opinion, county staff have done an excellent job of creating signage that helps to explain the structure of the new Comprehensive Plan 2040 for citizens to read and absorb. The staff was also extremely helpful in explaining areas of interest that might not be well understood by a casual reader of the new plan.
My only complaint—in fact I was incensed—that no-growth groups were allowed to hover around the doors of the school to hand out literature. They certainly have their constitutional right to assemble and make their views known. My objection is that the personnel placement and their literature can easily be mistaken as county staff handing out official documents.
These folks also have the right to have an opinion. I believe, however, that their opinions show that they are unaware of or refuse to acknowledge the growth that is coming to the county. To ignore this fact is to cause many unintended consequences, which proper planning can ameliorate or prevent. Unfortunately, too few of us are speaking against these groups, and their message carries too much weight vs. the small number of their members.
Mike Wilkins, Leesburg