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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Final Workshops on November 5th

Before everyone gets busy with the (quickly approaching) holiday season, we hope you can find time to attend one of the upcoming workshops on November 5th.  Each two hour session will offer you an opportunity to provide comments on various topics and questions that will help determine the final content of the updated comprehensive plan.  These workshops will be our last community events for 2016, and they will be your last opportunity to provide input before we start drafting the updated comprehensive plan at the end of the year.

Final Workshops
November 5 (Saturday)
10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. &
2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
at Town Hall

Stay Dry at Tonight’s Workshop

Dear Citizens of Purcellville,

We must apologize for our workshops being magnets for bad weather.
Our first set of workshops was originally scheduled for the weekend of the blizzard.  Our second set of workshops were held on the weekend of the last snowfall for the year.  Now, tonight’s workshop is being held in the midst of a flash flood watch related to a multi-day rainstorm expected to drop multiple inches of rain…

But do you know where it will be dry?  Inside Town Hall during our workshop starting at 7:00PM!

Purcellville Town Hall
Purcellville Town Hall on a much nicer day.

We will begin with an informational presentation about the current status of the update process including summaries of the public input received during the three previous rounds of public engagement.  (Don’t worry; we’ll wait an extra 10-15 minutes before we start to give you plenty of time to get inside.)  After the presentation, you will have an opportunity to provide feedback for the Planning Commission on a draft vision statement and supporting statements of intent.

We hope you can join us!

Round 4 Exercise Now Available

Our fourth phase of the update process has begun, and we want to offer a big thank you to everyone that came out to our workshops at the Carver Center this weekend!  Over 30 people attended, and we have started receiving good feedback on how to proceed in drafting the updated comprehensive plan for the Town of Purcellville.  Please don’t forget that we’re also holding another workshop this Thursday evening (September 29) at 7:00PM in Town Hall.  We hope that you can join us.

Even if you can’t attend a workshop in person, we’ve just posted the presentation and public input exercise from the workshops on the new Evaluating the Vision page.  This exercise presents a Vision Statement and six Statements of Intent that were created by the Planning Commission in response to the community’s previous input, and we want you to tell us how well each statement expresses your desires for Purcellville’s future. We look forward to receiving your feedback!

Upcoming Workshops in September

Although you wouldn’t know it from the lack of posts around here, it has been a busy summer for the Planning Commission and planning team. We’ll provide more details on what we’ve been up to in the near future, but right now it is most important for you to know that the next round of workshops will be held at the end of the month:

Workshops #1-2
September 24 (Saturday)
#1 – 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
#2 – 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
at the Carver Center

Workshop #3
September 29 (Thursday)
7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
at Town Hall

Each two hour session will begin with an informational presentation about the current status of the update process including summaries of the public input received during the three previous rounds of public engagement.  Following the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to respond to posted questions that will provide further guidance for the Planning Commission’s ongoing work on updating the comprehensive plan.

A similar presentation on the status of the update process will take place during the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 PM in Town Hall; however, there will be no direct public input opportunity until the first workshop.

Visioning Exercise Closes Friday

If you haven’t already completed the Visioning Exercise, be sure to let us know what you think before it closes this Friday, June 17th.

The exercise asks you to evaluate possible guiding principles for elements of the comprehensive plan and to prioritize these plan elements according to their importance.  Three potential future development scenarios are also presented for your feedback in the exercise. Developed from all public input received since January, these scenarios demonstrate possible future land use and development types for Purcellville.

Round 3 Exercise Delayed

5/25 Update: The exercise has been posted on the new Visioning Exercise page.

5/24 Update:  While testing the exercise today, we discovered a few unexpected issues that we believe are due to Google’s most recent update to the Google Forms product, so we are delaying the release of the exercise for an additional day.  We want to ensure the exercise functions as intended before it is published.  Again, we apologize for any inconvenience.

Although we intended to have the exercise for Round 3 posted today, we have had some issues ensuring the large maps used for the Visioning Workshop and at the Music and Arts Festival are legible when viewed online.  We hope to have the issue addressed and the exercise posted by tomorrow.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Use and Scale Map Results

The map below contains all 893 dots that were submitted by those that took part in the second round of public engagement for the comprehensive plan update.  332 dots were originally submitted to the online map between April 18-May 1, and staff has since digitized the 561 dots that were placed on the physical maps posted at the March 19th and April 7th public workshops.  You can click on each dot to view its details, and the dropdown menu below the map can be used to display only the dots in a specific land use category.

A few notes on the content of the map: Continue reading “Use and Scale Map Results”

Upcoming Event: Visioning Workshop

We have had outstanding participation from the community thus far in the first two rounds of the comprehensive plan events.  Now we are gearing up for perhaps the most exciting round yet.  Starting May 19th, we invite you to join the Planning Commission and planning team to envision Purcellville’s future.

You have already shared with us what you love about the Town and what kind of land uses you prefer.  Now is your opportunity to look 20 years into the future at the land in and around Purcellville and work with your neighbors to design the landscapes of tomorrow.

There will be 3 major input opportunities:

Visioning Workshop 
May 19, 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Town Hall

Join the Town Planning Commission in this engaging hands-on workshop to envision the future of Purcellville.

This workshop is designed for you to engage with your neighbors in small facilitated groups to create a vision for target areas in and near town by showing the type of development or preservation you think is most appropriate in these areas.  You will have access to a wide variety of example development types (actual subdivisions) and architecture to share what you think the Purcellville area should look like 20 years from now.

The workshop is the first event in the third round of public engagement.  The group work will be shared on Saturday at the Purcellville Music & Arts Festival and consolidated scenarios will be prepared for you and your neighbors to identify the features you like best.

Attendance is limited so please register below to reserve your seat.

Purcellville Music and Arts Festival
May 21, 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Fireman’s Field

Plan Purcellville will be featured in a tent during the festival, and you can stop by to review the maps created during the Workshop and the consolidated scenarios based on these maps.  You will be asked to rank which of the scenarios you prefer to help select the scenarios that are further examined for fiscal and transportation impact analysis.

May 23-June 6

The Workshop results and consolidated scenarios will be posted online starting on Monday May 23rd where they can be reviewed and ranked for an additional 2 weeks.