What is Envision East Market?
During the 2012 Town Plan Update, there was general consensus that the Land Use designations for the East Market Street area need to be refreshed to address dated campus-style office strategies and reflect current trends in employment land uses. Additional direction is also needed regarding sustainable mixed-use development; including housing needs and related uses for this corridor. The intent of the Envision East Market Street project is to develop policies that better reflect today's dynamic economy, building upon existing employment opportunities that execute a "vision" for the corridor and can help guide future development.
The project area is defined as the East Market Street corridor. The study area is illustrated in the figure below and can be viewed in a larger format here.
Can you explain the process?
In preparation of the Envisioning East Market Street Project, Town of Leesburg staff collaborate with the Loudoun County Design Cabinet to "kickoff" the visioning process. The design charrette was held on May 16, 2014 at the Ida Lee Recreation Center. Attendees included Town of Leesburg staff, Design Cabinet members, and elected, appointed officials. The charrette participants were broken into three groups to develop different visions. A copy of the charrette report can be found here.
The Envision East Market Street project team consists of Town of Leesburg staff and five graduate students in the Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning Program at the University of Virginia.
The planning process for Envision East Market Street has been broken into five tasks that include: data collection, public engagement, visioning, policy development, and visioning refinement and approval. The project is anticipated to take 12 months to complete.
How can I get involved?
We feel that involvement from our citizens, business owners and other stakeholders is integral to the success of this project. This webpage is only one piece of our engagement plan for the Envision East Market Street process. Opportunities to share your ideas for this corridor will include surveys through our Leesburg Listens citizen engagement software, as well as our quarterly P&Z News newsletter and planned public meetings. Please check this page often for updates.
Who can I contact for additional information?
Mike Watkins, Senior Planner in the Department of Planning & Zoning, will serve as the project manager for this small area plan project. Mike can be reached at 703-737-7920 or via email at email@example.com.