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Lake Anne Changes Coming

The Board of Supervisors authorized a study of the Lake Anne area, with an eye toward fundamental changes.

The “Out of Turn Plan Amendment” study was approved during the board’s Dec. 4 meeting.

Study of the Lake Anne area began with an economic analysis in early 2005. That was followed by a series of meetings with focus groups culminating in a community-wide design charette in June. During the charette, the community decided on a general direction for revitalization of the area.

In order to implement the proposals, the county’s Comprehensive Plan would need to be amended, said Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill). Possible changes could include adjusting the boundary of the already existing Commercial Revitalization Area, highlighting potential redevelopment areas and providing guidance about the appropriate mix of uses, Hudgins said.

With the approval, the plan now goes into a process where county planners in conjunction with the community, will review it. Timetables for this sort of plan amendment vary widely.

Any proposal would come before both the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors for a Public Hearing. Ultimately, any plan change would need to be approved by the Board of Supervisors.