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Fredericksburg seeks ideas about the future

Fredericksburg residents who want to help shape the direction of the city’s growth and development for the next five years have their first chance next week.

The city is starting to update its comprehensive land-use plan this year and officials are soliciting ideas from residents and property owners about how they would like to see Fredericksburg evolve.

Planning Director Chuck Johnston said the city is behind in its review process, which traditionally takes place every five years. The last full Comprehensive Plan review was done in 2007.

He said officials will review goals, policies and objectives and possibly divide the city in about a dozen neighborhoods with specific plans.

He said Fredericksburg could use a more specific plan for downtown and he would like to see a greater degree of detail in the plans for the entire city.

People are being encouraged to attend the kick-off meeting for the 2014 Comp Plan review on WednesdayFeb. 26 as part of the Planning Commission meeting. The commission meets at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall, 715 Princess Anne St.

Additional public forums will be held at roughly two-month intervals as the review progresses through the year.

People can continue to offer their suggestions as the process moves forward either by voicing them at public hearings or emailing them to Johnston at cjohnston@fredericksburgva.gov or Senior Planner Erik Nelson, enelson@fredericksburg va.gov.

Suggested changes to the Comp Plan could go to City Council for a public hearing at its Dec. 9 meeting, Johnston said.

The commission generally meets twice monthly—on the second and last Wednesdays. Public hearings are held on the second Wednesday.

The last Wednesday meeting each month of this year will be devoted to the Comp Plan review, Johnston said.

The review will be split into three areas beginning with key geographic areas, then key issues and then future land use.

The current Comp Plan addresses the downtown, the Rappahannock River, commercial corridors, residential neighborhoods and suburban business districts of the city with goals, objectives and initiatives.

Transportation, public facilities and services, environmental protection, community appearance, historic preservation, housing, institutional partnerships and sustainability are also addressed with goals, objectives and initiatives. Each area will be reviewed during the process.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972

pgould@freelancestar.com

FREDERICKSBURG TO START COMP PLAN REVIEW

Below is the current schedule for reviewing Fredericksburg’s comprehensive land-use plan.

APRIL 9: Public hearing before the Planning Commission on revised key areas in the city.

JUNE 11: Public hearing before the Planning Commission on revised key issues.

AUG. 13: Public hearing before the Planning Commission on revised planning areas and map.

OCT. 8: Public hearing before the Planning Commission on the completed plan.

OCT. 29: Planning Commission recommends adoption.

NOV. 11: Completed plan presented to City Council.

DEC. 9: City Council holds a public hearing.

 

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