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TOL PR 2016-03-21 Envision East Market Street Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Town Seeks Input on East Market Street Corridor Future Development Community members are invited to participate in the planning process by completing a short survey on the Leesburg Listens online forum. Leesburg, VA (March 21, 2016) – The Leesburg Planning and Zoning Department recently kicked off “Envision East Market Street,” a planning process to reconsider the land use designations within the East Market Street corridor, from the Route 15 Bypass to the eastern Town limits (see map at right). “When we updated the Town Plan in 2012, it was obvious that the designated land uses in the East Market Street corridor don’t reflect current trends,” explained Susan Berry-Hill, Leesburg’s Director of Planning and Zoning. “The East Market Street corridor contains some of last large undeveloped parcels in Town. This planning process gives the community the opportunity to have a say in how the area will look and function in the future. We will address issues like housing needs, emerging businesses, flexibility and sustainability. In addition, the two future grade-separated interchanges, while improving the Town’s transportation network, will present challenges regarding access within the study area, including pedestrian and inter-parcel access.” The intent of the Envision East Market Street project is to develop policies that reflect today’s economy, building upon existing employment opportunities to create a “vision” for the corridor and address future transportation improvements. These revised policies will guide future development. The Envision East Market Street planning process includes five tasks: data collection, public engagement, visioning, policy development, and vision refinement and approval. As part of the date collection task, Town staff have created a survey on the Leesburg Listens online forum. Community members are asked to indicate their preferences for future land use and types of development. The data collected will be used as a starting point for discussions at future community input meetings, planned for this summer. “We wanted to get people thinking about the issues in the East Market Street area before the public input sessions,” explained Berry-Hill. “Our hope is that the meetings will be more productive if people know what we are going to discuss.” The survey will be active through Monday, April 11, 2016 at www.leesburgva.gov/leesburglistens. For more information about the Envision East Market Street planning process, contact project manager Michael Watkins at 703-737-7920 or mwatkins@leesburgva.gov. # # #