Comp Plan Rewrite Enters Final Stretch; Hearings, Community Meetings Planned

Loudoun County officials have announced the dates of milestone meetings in the project to write the county’s new comprehensive plan, including opportunities for public input.

The Planning Commission is holding its last planned meetings on the comprehensive plan in February before passing it to the Board of Supervisors, with a presentation to the Board of Supervisors planned for March 21. Supervisors are scheduled to work on the plan through April, May and June.

The board will hear public comment on their work Wednesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 at 9 a.m.

The board is tentatively scheduled to adopt a new plan on July 2, capping off a process more than two years long.

Once adopted, the Loudoun 2040 Comprehensive Plan will serve as the county government’s guide for land use and transportation policy to meet the county’s future priorities and needs. It will provide for new urban policy areas around the Metrorail stations, focus efforts on infill and revitalization in the Suburban Policy Area, preserve the county’s natural and heritage resources, protect the rural economy and agricultural uses, and promote a wide range of housing choices. Learn more at loudoun.gov/Loudoun2040.

The county’s press release notes “a number of community organizations are reaching out to the public to share their ideas and encourage participation in the community-wide process; however, meetings that are organized by non-county organizations are not part of the county’s official process for revising the comprehensive plan.”

Among those community groups planning independent community meetings are the Piedmont Environmental Council, the League of Women Voters, the Sterling Foundation and the Waterford Foundation. Those meetings are scheduled for:

Feb. 8 at Ashby Pondsin Ashburn starting at 10 a.m.

Feb. 12 at Unitarian Universalist Church near Leesburg starting at 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 13 at the Waterford Old Schoolstarting at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Waterford Foundation, Waterford Citizens, Taylorstown Citizens, Lincoln Community League and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.

Feb. 19 at the Carver Center in Purcellville starting at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the town of Purcellville and Hamilton.

Feb. 20at the Loudoun Museum in Leesburg starting at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Town of Leesburg, Mayor Kelly Burk.

Feb. 22 at River Creek Club near Leesburg starting at6:30 p.m Sponsored by The Piedmont Environmental Council.

Feb. 28 at the Cascades Senior Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

March 6 at the Sterling Library starting at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Sterling Foundation and Save Old Sterling.

March 27 at the Middleburg Community Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Town of Middleburg.

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