— It’s up to the local community to speak out against the level of development envisioned in Loudoun County’s new comprehensive plan, Middleburg Mayor Bridge Littleton told attendees at the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s monthly Biz Buzz networking event at the National Sporting Library & Museum on April 9.
The Planning Commission handed over a “very pro-growth” plan to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, presenting the board with its final 90-day opportunity to make amendments to the plan, Littleton said. The Board of Supervisors will review the draft Loudoun 2040 Comprehensive Plan in April, May and June, with a vote on adoption expected in June.
“It is critical that they get this right, and what is critical to them getting it right is making sure that everybody in the community participates in the public engagement process,” he said. “This is the last chance.”
The board has set up two days for public comments and hearings on the plan: April 24 at 6 p.m. at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg and April 27 at 9 a.m. at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building in Ashburn. Littleton encouraged community members to sign up to speak at the events in advance by calling the Office of the County Administrator at 703-777-0200. More details on the public hearings can be found at loudoun.gov/Loudoun2040.
The Middleburg Business and Professional Association is also asking its members to provide information about job openings, so MBPA can promote those openings online. MBPA is requesting that members with job openings email email@example.com with the following information: the name of the business or organization, a description of the business and details about the job opening, including whether it is full- or part-time, basic requirements such as education, whom to contact about the position and how to apply. A sample information sheet is available here.
MBPA President Punkin Lee also announced at the meeting that the association has formed a partnership with 92.5 WINC FM that will help to promote Middleburg year-round. “I think that will be a really nice partnership for us,” Lee said.
The meeting also highlighted several new businesses that have recently moved to town, including Chloe’s, a women’s clothing boutique that is moving into the home of what used to Middleburg’s Finest Chocolates at 12 E. Washington St.; Purple Cherry Architects at 11 E. Washington St.; Atelier Design & Decor at 15 E. Washington St.; and Northwest Federal Credit Union at 101 W. Washington St.
The meeting, which was co-hosted by Edward Jones and A Taste of New York Catering, also served to highlight two new exhibitions at the National Sporting Library & Museum: “NSLMology: The Science of Sporting Art” and “Deconstructed: The NSLM Sporting Screen.” The exhibitions, which run through Sept. 15, allow visitors to enjoy highlights from the NSLM’s permanent collection in an entirely fresh way.
Other upcoming events of note include: