After an extensive review and public process, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has adopted the 2019 Comprehensive Plan. The plan will serve as the county government’s guide for land use and transportation policy that will provide a flexible framework and implementation strategy to meet the county’s future priorities and needs.
The 2019 Comprehensive Plan, which includes the General Plan and Countywide Transportation Plan, presents a community-based vision for Loudoun’s future. The policy document provides guidance to the county’s decision-makers regarding land development, capital improvements, public programs and the county’s transportation network.
Through the process of revising the Comprehensive Plan, the Board of Supervisors has made significant decisions affecting how the county will manage growth, provide for capital facilities and maintain the county’s strong fiscal health. These accomplishments include, but are not limited to:
The Comprehensive Plan addresses the county’s four types of policy areas – Rural, Suburban, Transition and Urban – with specific policies, strategies, and actions tailored to the needs of each area.
“The 2019 Comprehensive Plan provides a framework for future growth and development in one of the nation’s fastest-growing counties that will have a positive impact on the quality of life in Loudoun County, and provides a balanced approach to future development in strategic areas,” said Deputy County Administrator Charles Yudd, who has overseen the Comprehensive Plan revision.
Development of the plan began in April 2016. Over the past three years, the revision of the Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan has involved input from thousands of community members, included deliberations of a Stakeholders Committee and encompassed a thorough review by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. With more than 100 public meetings devoted to the Comprehensive Plan’s revision, the community outreach process brought together residents and businesses, elected and appointed officials, other stakeholders and county staff. Through the planning process known as Envision Loudoun, members of the community identified their priorities for Loudoun’s future as they relate to growth management, land use, transportation, community facilities and amenities, economic development, fiscal management, and natural, environmental, and heritage resources.
Overview of Comprehensive Plan
The 2019 Comprehensive Plan covers a wide range of existing and new policy areas, provides guidance on quality development, focuses on efforts to revitalize the Suburban Policy Area, preserves the county’s natural and heritage resources, protects the rural economy and agricultural uses, promotes the county’s diverse and competitive economy, and supports a wide range of housing choices. The plan addresses many issues important to the community, including:
To implement the Revised Comprehensive Plan, the county must take several steps. The priority implementation actions are:
Other implementation actions include updating the Land Subdivision and Development Ordinance and the Facilities Standards Manual so that development regulations and design standards are consistent with the policies and strategies of the Comprehensive Plan. Many other programmatic and planning initiatives will also be part of the plan implementation.
For More Information
Documents, including staff reports regarding the adoption of the plan and the text of the plan, are posted online as part of the Board’s June 20, 2019, packet. Once the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan is finalized, the document will be published on the county website at loudoun.gov/2019ComprehensivePlan.
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