Future development in the Town is guided by the Lovettsville Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2011 and substantially amended in 2017. The 2011 Comprehensive Plan contains the Town’s vision, goals, and policies regarding natural and historic resources, public facilities and utilities (water and wastewater), transportation infrastructure, economic development and housing, and planned locations of future land uses within the Town. The policies of the Comprehensive Plan are intended to guide development and land use changes anticipated in the future for the benefit of Town residents. The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all local jurisdictions to adopt a Comprehensive Plan and review the adopted plan at least once every five years “to determine whether it is advisable to amend the plan.”
Background on the Plan
In 2011, 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 of the Planning Commissioners, the Mayor, a member of the Town Council, stakeholders and advocates for historic resources, Town business people, and residents both from newer and older neighborhoods. After numerous monthly meetings reviewing and discussing planning topics, the CPAC made its recommendations, which then became subject of public hearings before the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission made additional modifications and then forwarded the plan to the Town Council with a recommendation for approval, which was approved and adopted by the Council on February 24, 2011.
In 2015, the Town Council advised the Planning Commission to begin reviewing the adopted plan as required by state law. At a project kickoff meeting, the Planning Commission decided to amend the plan’s introduction, public facilities, transportation, economic development and housing, and land use chapters, and subsequently formed four topic-based citizen advisory committees responsible for recommending amendments to these elements. Once the committees finished up their work in mid-2016, the Planning Commission began reviewing all of the changes recommended by the committees. During meetings held over the next several months, the Commission requested additional changes to the chapters that were the focus of the amendment. Their efforts culminated in the preparation of a final draft plan amendment that was recommended to the Town Council following a public hearing in November of 2016. The Town Council made additional modifications to the amendment before conducting a public hearing and adopting the final plan amendment (by resolution) on February 9, 2017.