Make your voice heard for Loudoun’s future!
Loudoun County has developed a draft of a new comprehensive plan that will shape your quality of life–land use, development and environmental sustainability–for decades to come.
Please help ensure that the current comprehensive plan’s goals and policies aren’t replaced by vague statements currently in this new draft plan that do not differentiate Loudoun’s unique character from any other place, and that does not adequately protect our natural and cultural assets.
Citizens strongly and clearly have stated in both the earlier “Envision Loudoun” public input sessions that overdevelopment and congestion are their chief concerns, and that they want more parks and protection of Loudoun’s natural and rural areas. The draft plan calls for 20,000 more houses (there are currently nearly 30,000 approved but unbuilt houses in the county), already inadequate funding for road improvements, and no strong protections for the rural or transition areas.
Put yourself in the driver’s seat and tell our County leaders to steer us toward sustainable growth and transportation, and a high quality of life, by participating in Envision Loudoun this May.
The comprehensive plan’s policies must be specific, with measurable goals and time frames for achieving them.
Solutions for a sustainable, resilient Loudoun begin with policies that are based on our values.
- Implement a watershed-based approach to land-use planning to identify, map, monitor, protect and connectour finite assets of streams, forests, wetlands, meadows and steep slopes; then integrate our plan’s transportation, economic and building development goals.
- Retain the Transition Policy Area, with its 50-70 percent open space goal, including undeveloped forests, streams, meadows and wetlands that protect watersheds.
- Design buildings and associated landscapes to use energy and land and water resources efficiently, in order to minimize short- and long-term negative impacts on the environment and residents.
Quality of life
- Identify, acquire and preserve land for an integrated park system that provides open space and recreational services and facilities, and stewardship of natural and cultural resources, to serve our growing population.
- Improve air and water quality through tree preservation, native tree planting and landscaping practices.
- Adopt a climate adaptation plan to address the economic, environmental and social impacts of climate change and to increase the County’s resilience to the effects of climate change.
Conservation of natural and historic assets
- Implement a River and Stream Corridor Overlay District to identify, map, preserve and restore our streams and associated woodlands, meadows, wetlands and steep slopes that provide water and air quality, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.
- Use integrated management strategies to ensure strong coordination within internal organizations, between local, regional and state agencies, and with partnerships, regional alliances and nonprofits.
- Increase historic districts and adopt zoning policies and design standards that preserve Loudoun’s unique historic landscape of towns, farms, buildings, battlefields and rural roadways.
Here are three ways for you to have your voice heard for specific, sustainable growth policies:
- Take our survey (link coming soon)
- Email your Supervisor. Tell County leaders to protect our quality of life in your own words.
- Attend as many of the following public input sessions as you can, and remember to tell your friends and neighbors to participate, too! Learn more about the meetings at Envision Loudoun.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Harmony Middle School
38174 W. Colonial Highway, Hamilton
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Harper Park Middle School
701 Potomac Station Drive, Leesburg
Monday, May 21, 2018
Eagle Ridge Middle School
42901 Waxpool Road, Ashburn
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Cascades Senior Center
21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling
Thursday, May 24, 2018
John Champe High School
41535 Sacred Mountain Street, Aldie
Monday, May 21, 2018
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Loudoun County Govt.
Center, Dulles Room
1 Harrison Street, SE