The Planning Commission has held three work sessions to discuss the proposed Eastern Gateway District Plan and are scheduled to continue their work session review at their February 1, 2018 meting, which will begin at 7pm in the Council Chamber at Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St, Leesburg VA, 20176. The public is welcome to attend. Information forwarded to the Planning Commission can be found through the link below.
What is the Eastern Gateway District?
During the 2012 Town Plan Update, there was general consensus that the Land Use designations for the East Market Street area need to be refreshed to address dated campus-style office strategies and reflect current trends in employment land uses. Additional direction is also needed regarding sustainable mixed-use development; including housing needs and related uses for this corridor. The intent of the Eastern Gateway District Small Area Plan is to develop policies that better reflect today's dynamic economy, building upon existing employment opportunities that execute a "vision" for the corridor and can help guide future development.
The study area is illustrated in the figure below and can be viewed in a larger format here.
Can you explain the process?
Preliminary efforts for the Small Area Plan began in 2014 when the Town kicked off the Envision East Market project. Town of Leesburg staff collaborated with the Loudoun County Design Cabinet to begin the visioning process. The design charrette was held on May 16, 2014 at the Ida Lee Recreation Center. Attendees included Town of Leesburg staff, Design Cabinet members, and elected, appointed officials. The charrette participants were broken into three groups to develop different visions. A copy of the charrette report can be found here. Town staff also met with a number of stakeholders during 2016.
Many members of the public also shared their ideas for the corridor through the Town's Leesburg Listens citizen engagement software. Based on early project feedback, the project timing, scope, and purpose was adjusted to best achieve the community goals. A new round of public engagement and stakeholder input sessions began earlier this year and input provided has helped to develop a refined vision for the study area.
How can I share my ideas?
We're so very glad that you asked! Input from our residents, business owners and visitors is vital to the success of this project. We recently held a public input meeting on October 17, 2017. During this meeting, we provided draft policies developed based on previous outreach efforts and conducted small group discussions to allow participants to provide their vision for the Eastern Gateway Area. Information presented at the meeting can be viewed here. The Planning Commission will continue their discussion of the draft plan at their February 1, 2018 meeting. This meeting will begin at 7pm in the Council Chamber (25 West Market Street, 2nd Floor) and is open to the public. Discussion Materials can be seen by visiting the Planning Commission webpage.
Who may I contact for additional information?
Richard Klusek, Senior Planner in the Department of Planning & Zoning, will serve as the project manager for this small area plan project. Rich can be reached at 703-771-2758 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.