The Town Council conducted a public hearing on the final draft of the comprehensive plan amendment on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Town Office and subsequently voted on February 9, 2017 to adopt the final version of the amendment to the plan:
For more information on the 2015-16 review process or the final 2017 comprehensive plan amendment, contact:
Joshua A. Bateman, AICP, Planning Director & Zoning Administrator
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|Background on Plan
The Comprehensive Plan is a document created by each jurisdiction that is developed with the help of one or more citizen advisory committees along with public input and a recommendation from the Planning Commission to the legislative body, in this case the Town Council. The document contains the Town’s vision, goals, objectives and policies regarding land use, natural and cultural resources protection, public facilities, transportation and other public infrastructure (sewer and water), economic development and housing. The Comprehensive Plan reflects a long-range vision. The policies of the Comprehensive Plan serve to guide the development process and do not constitute requirements as do zoning ordinance regulations, for example. The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all of its jurisdictions to review their Comprehensive Plans every five years.
The Town Council appointed a Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) to work with Town staff to review the previous Comprehensive Plan and develop any amendments that were appropriate. The CPAC consisted of all the Planning Commissioners, the Mayor, a member of the Town Council and members who represented historical resources advocates, the Lovettsville Business Association, Town business people, along with residents from the newer and older neighborhoods in Town. The CPAC made its recommendations for amending the Plan after monthly meetings to review and discuss planning issues. The recommendations were the subject of public hearings before the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission made some modifications and then recommended the Plan to the Town Council for Approval. The Town Council approved the 2011 Comprehensive Plan on February 24, 2011.