Draft Context Statement

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The Planning Context Statement is the three paragraph opening statement or preface of the Town Plan document that is open and up front. It is intended more encompassing than a typical one or two sentence vision statement, although elements of each of these are incorporated. This statement sets the tone for the character and establishes right up front what the Town is and what it wants to be:

Leesburg is a place that people are proud to call home. Drawn in by the history, they stay for the strong sense of community. Small-town feel and charm, walkable areas, access to green space and trails, places to gather, and a thriving downtown all come together to make Leesburg distinct from other towns in the region.

As the county seat of Loudoun County, one of the fastest growing areas in Virginia, Leesburg will continue its transition from its small-town roots to a larger and more dynamic community. As the population continues to grow, it is imperative that Leesburg protect its authentic sense of place and small-town feel, with the understanding that “small-town feel” is not dependent on the size of the population or the square mileage of the Town —it is instead a reflection of connections to neighbors and a shared investment in the success of the community.

The Town’s idea for the future is to accommodate growth in such a way that it retains —and even improves upon —what makes Leesburg special.


The Planning Context Statement is the three paragraph opening statement or preface of the Town Plan document that is open and up front. It is intended more encompassing than a typical one or two sentence vision statement, although elements of each of these are incorporated. This statement sets the tone for the character and establishes right up front what the Town is and what it wants to be:

Leesburg is a place that people are proud to call home. Drawn in by the history, they stay for the strong sense of community. Small-town feel and charm, walkable areas, access to green space and trails, places to gather, and a thriving downtown all come together to make Leesburg distinct from other towns in the region.

As the county seat of Loudoun County, one of the fastest growing areas in Virginia, Leesburg will continue its transition from its small-town roots to a larger and more dynamic community. As the population continues to grow, it is imperative that Leesburg protect its authentic sense of place and small-town feel, with the understanding that “small-town feel” is not dependent on the size of the population or the square mileage of the Town —it is instead a reflection of connections to neighbors and a shared investment in the success of the community.

The Town’s idea for the future is to accommodate growth in such a way that it retains —and even improves upon —what makes Leesburg special.


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I agree with the statement. The points around community and a small town feeling really resonated with me.

Stacyann57 4 months ago

I totally agree with the statement where dynamic is key and that small town feel is not dependent on the size of the population or the square mileage of the town. It is about the sense of community created by walkability, and a collaborative environment.

modean 4 months ago