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Loudoun supervisors agree on final vision statement, goals for new Comprehensive Plan

Loudoun supervisors agreed Thursday night on a final vision statement and goals for the county's new Comprehensive Plan.

The decision followed debate around whether to add area-specific language like the “transition policy area” into the county’s high-level vision statement.

Some on the 26-member Comprehensive Plan stakeholders team tasked with helping the county write the new plan feared the language in the vision statement and goals was too broad and generic.

The finalized statement reads: “Loudoun County continues to flourish as a prosperous and inclusive community with a well-deserved reputation for great places, natural and built as well as historic and new, in a variety of settings. The County will foster economic innovation, fiscal strength, and sustainability."

The transition area of the county serves as a buffer between the county’s rural west and suburban east. It is an area many residents and even stakeholders have urged the board to protect from more residential development in the new Comprehensive Plan.

The initial draft vision statement included “rural, suburban, and urban settings,” and the board had considered whether to include “transition area.”

After a nearly 30-minutes-long debate at a board meeting earlier this month, supervisors voted to scrap any area-specific wording in the vision statement and change it to “a variety of settings.”

“This is a broad statement,” Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) said on Thursday. “Mincing words further I don’t think serves any purpose. We need to get down into the meat of the whole comp plan review.”

“Even on a stakeholders group we have some people saying it’s not moving fast enough and you have other people saying it’s moving too fast,” Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) said. “I’m like, ‘OK they’re doing a good job.’ The community engagement has been wonderful and folks are literally actually excited and looking forward to the next round of input in June.”

The county will hold another round of public input sessions on the Comprehensive Plan starting in June.

The new set of goals include:

Shape: Make a great place: Well-designed places providing a full spectrum of housing and employment options linked to supporting commercial, entertainment, educational, agricultural, and recreation activity.

Compete: Be an economic force: An attractive economic environment that builds on existing strengths and fosters new, innovative and diverse business opportunities.

Connect: Bring people & places together: Efficient infrastructure networks that safely connect people to places within the community, to the region, and to the world.

Sustain: Strengthen natural and historic assets: A well-functioning system of green infrastructure preserving natural beauty, open spaces, and cultural assets to include agricultural land, natural, scenic and historic resources.

Support: Enhance quality of life: A community of diverse individuals united together to ensure that all residents enjoy a high quality of life through vibrant, fulfilling and healthy active lifestyles, celebrating all that is unique to the county.


To what extent does the BOS have to stick to the plan?  It seems to be in place to say “no” to the little guy and “no problem” to the right developer.

Is there any room in the document to commit to making VDOT do its job by at least meeting its own minimum standards for the roads it is responsible for in Loudoun?
Bob O__ Esq.

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