ENVISION LOUDOUN UPDATE: Workshop attendees will be given a few minutes to review the vision statement, 5 goals and 34 objectives that have been crafted for Loudoun’s new comprehensive plan before being asked for feedback.
The objectives need to be more specific, and measurable. Tell Envision Loudoun workshop leaders to expand the objectives to include quantitative goals and time frames for achieving them, in order to protect our environment for the next 20 years and beyond.
Sustain goal – Request the following language be added to each of the existing objectives:
Objective #1: Identify, map, protect and enhance a nonfragmented network of forests, streams, fields, steep slopes and wetlands.
Objective #2: Provide means such as conservation easements, property development rights, and County land acquisition as tools to preserve environmental resources into perpetuity.
Objective #5: Implement a monitoring and maintenance program for watersheds, to include the identification and preservation of forests, fields, wetlands and slopes that filter and retain water.
Objective #6: Improve air quality through tree preservation, native tree planting and landscaping practices. Measure current levels of CO2 emissions and establish goals, timeframes and means for reduction.
Objective #7: Quantify and inventory energy use, and set goals to reduce consumption by implementing updated building codes and providing incentives for energy conserving resources such as window and insulation choices, rooftop solar and effective landscaping.
Shape goal – Request the following language be added to each of the existing objectives:
Objective #1: Design and construct buildings and associated landscapes to use energy and land and water resources efficiently and to minimize short- and long-term negative impacts on the environment and residents.
Objective #6: Quality infill development, to include resource-efficient LEED-certified buildings, native landscaping and pervious pavement.
ATTEND A WORKSHOP AND SPEAK UP FOR THE FUTURE OF LOUDOUN’S WILDLIFE AND HABITATS:
Wednesday, June 7
Cascades Senior Center
21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling
Monday, June 12
Broad Run High School
21670 Ashburn Road, Ashburn
Tuesday, June 13
Harmony Middle School
38174 W Colonial Hwy, Hamilton
Registration 7:00, meeting 7:30 pm
Thursday, June 15
Mercer Middle School
42149 Greenstone Drive, Aldie
*Registration 6:30, meeting at 7:00 pm unless noted otherwise