Date for the Next Comprehensive Plan Update Open House – October 21, 2017!

The Planning Commission and planning team are pleased to announce that a lot of progress has been made over the past several months and an updated draft of the plan will be posted for your review within the next several weeks (keep an eye on the “Data & Documents” page of this site!).

The Planning Commission will host an Open House to review the updated draft of the Comprehensive Plan and get feedback on the plan from members of the community.

Comprehensive Plan Update Open House
October 21 (Saturday)
#1 – 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
#2 – 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.
at Town Hall

Each session will follow a similar format and attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback that will provide further guidance for the Planning Commission’s ongoing work on updating the comprehensive plan. We hope to see you on the 21st!

Plan Work Effort Update

A lot has been going on behind the scenes now that the public input sessions have been completed.  Town staff along with the consulting team has been gathering, sorting and writing over the past several months.  The Planning Commission is presently working on the first draft of the Plan preparing it for distribution to the community, agencies, staff, and other reviewers so that the PC may get feedback based on the draft Plan they are reviewing.

The review period will span 60 to 90 days.  During that period of time the PC will hold a public workshop to solicit input from the general public.  Dates and time will follow.

The Planning Commission is presently meeting every Thursday evening in the Town Hall Heritage Conference room on the second floor of Town Hall.  The PC is currently reviewing the draft Plan page by page.  These are open meetings and the public is invited to attend. You can find the agendas, listen to audio, and review the minutes from these Work Sessions here.

If you have questions please contact Community Development at 540-338-2304.

Plan Status Update

It has been a while since we’ve posted anything, so we want to let everyone know that the comprehensive plan update has continued to move forward over the past few months. Over the coming weeks, Town Staff and the project’s consultants will be working hard to finalize a draft of the updated comprehensive plan to be presented to the Planning Commission for an initial review. The length and results of that review will determine how the project moves forward from there. Please know that we are all anxious to present a plan that is built upon the great feedback that you have provided over the past year.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact Community Development at 540-338-2304 or post to the Town of Purcellville Facebook page. More to come soon!

Happy Thanksgiving!

As you spend time with family and friends this Thanksgiving, we hope that you will consider talking about Purcellville’s future with them.  Thanksgiving is a perfect time to take stock of your desires for the community, and you can let us know your thoughts on a range of issues by completing the Focusing on the Details survey.  It’s a perfect activity to complete during the halftime of a Thanksgiving Day football game!

Time to Focus on the Details

The public input received over the course of the past year has revealed a number of general desires for the Town’s future, but as we approach the end of the public engagement process, we are interested in receiving very specific feedback from the community–it is time to focus on the details. The attendees of the November 5th workshops got us off to a great start, and now the Focusing on the Details survey poses the questions presented at the workshops to the entire community.  Please complete the survey before it closes on November 30th because we want to hear from you!

This survey is designed to help us determine how to define the parameters of the public’s desires and how best to achieve them.  It does so by asking specific questions covering five topics: (1) Community Character & Design, (2) Economic Development, (3) Parks, Recreation & the Environment, (4) Public Services & Infrastructure, and (5) Land Use.  The community’s responses to these questions will help to determine the final content of the updated comprehensive plan.

A Great Start to Round 5

We want to thank everyone that attended the workshops this past Saturday at Town Hall.  You gave up part of a beautiful fall day to help us plan for Purcellville’s future, and we appreciate it.  We also greatly appreciate the help of our volunteer facilitators.  In addition to the six Planning Commissioners that served as facilitators, we were lucky to have additional help provided by members of the Town Council (Mayor Kwasi Fraser & Councilman Ryan Cool), Board of Architectural Review (Chairman Pat Giglio & Mark Ippoliti), Economic Development Advisory Committee (Christie Morgan & Sarah Stratton), and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (Vice Chairman Russ Forno and staff liaison Melanie Scoggins).

Over 30 people attended the workshops, and we had some lively conversations that delved into the details of how we can create a comprehensive plan that best achieves the desires of Purcellville’s citizens and neighbors.  You can see much of the feedback received last Saturday in the photo gallery below.  Finally, our facilitators also received extremely positive feedback from the attendees about the design of the workshops, and numerous people said that they enjoyed these workshops more than any of our previous events about the comprehensive plan.

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