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Jun 14

Assessing our past and present and planning for our future

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 11:25 AM by Lynne Coan

Every five years, the Town is tasked by the Commonwealth to review its Comprehensive Plan. After the most recent review and public comment, I now have a better appreciation of its significance. The black-and-white 2010 document had been regularly updated since the last major re-working in the 1990s. Recently, under direction of the Planning and Zoning director and staff, the document has been reinvigorated with supplemental work thanks to Town boards and commissions – most notably, the Planning Commission. Now it contains an additional 100 pages with interesting photos, easy-to-interpret graphs, and information that outlines our past, presents the current, and projects the future of Vienna.  I would encourage you to take a look to discover some interesting facts relevant to you about your Town.

During the decades of the 1950s and 1960s, incredibly the Town grew in population from 2,000 to 17,000 persons, mainly through annexation and new growth. We are still enjoying the visions of that growth. We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of many of those cherished additions, such as Vienna Shopping Center and the Vienna Community Center, which are receiving new looks and offerings, but still provide the same support to our community. This newest Comprehensive Plan document includes opportunities of the Maple Avenue Vision and inclusion of planning that will create new opportunities for all ages along our main street to revitalize our vehicular-focused, mid-century, modern, suburban commercial offerings into a more sustainable, walkable, mixed-use environment.

Looking forward, there are plans for a public charrette regarding our central business district, to be led by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), as well as parks master plans, as budgeted in the next fiscal year. We hope to see you all there in order to give input that will take our Town into the next 50 years.

Carey Sienicki

Town Councilmember