The Poolesville Commissioners have approved a contract with a professional planning firm, ARRO to assist in developing the Fisher Avenue Streetscape Plan.
This project strives to thoughtfully create a downtown feel that encompasses safety, traffic and walkability, all in keeping with the character that is unique to Poolesville.
The focus will be the Commercial Zone and will include the Willard property that garnered much public attention in the past. As requested during those meetings, the Planning Commission will hold a charrette type worksession to receive public input.
This is a great opportunity to be involved in protecting, maintaining and enhancing our downtown in a positive way.
The Planning Commission (PC) stated (at their June meeting) that they will likely vote on whether to recommend the Willshire Development proposal at the upcoming Wednesday, July 12 meeting (7:30 p.m. at Town Hall). Miller and Smith presented an updated Willshire Development Proposal to the PC at the June 14 meeting (you can access this Miller & Smith PowerPoint presentation on the PoP homepage).
Put Wednesday July 12 on your calendar--this could be your final opportunity to address the PC on the issue of Willshire.
Mark your calendars: a newly revised proposal for Willshire will be presented by Miller & Smith on Wednesday, June 14 at the upcoming Planning Commission (PC) meeting (7:30 pm @ Town Hall). Come out and see the new development proposal first-hand, hear from Miller & Smith representatives, and communicate directly with members of the PC.
This is an important one: we hope to see you there, 6/14 @ 7:30 pm, Town Hall.
This meeting is an important joint worksession with Willshire's would-be developer, Miller & Smith. Both the Town Commission and the Planning Commission will meet with Miller & Smith to discuss the proposed Willshire Development plan. The meeting agenda (available here), describes the worksession as follows:
Commissioner and Planning Commission Joint Worksession
The subject of the session will be the Willshire Development. While there will be no votes taken during the session, it will allow the newer members of the P.C. to understand the Commissioners visions and thoughts regarding the development in a public setting.
This "round table" style meeting may include philosophies or overlay concepts, but generally, should focus on the site plan that is currently under review. Items to discuss could include density, townhouses, layout, tie-in to adjacent parcels and any other items that may arise. Link Hoewing, previous Planning Commission member and Commissioner, has agreed to moderate the session.
While this meeting is open to the public, the audience is typically not part of the discussion and participation is not allowed.
We urge you to attend this important meeting and see how our town officials weigh-in on the proposed plan, questions of density, and broader impacts to our community. Our presence at this meeting will let town officials know that we are invested in this process and we are paying close attention to how it proceeds. Make sure to get (and wear!) a PoP sticker at the meeting (pictured above)--we'll be distributing them outside of Town Hall.
POP will submit the initial results of our petition to both the Town and Planning Commissions this Monday, giving them time to review and digest community feedback in advance of the meeting. If you haven't signed yet, please take a minute to do so now: http://www.protectourpoolesville.com/petition/.
See you this Wednesday night (2/15), 7:30 at Town Hall!