Guiding Principles

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Guiding principles are what traditionally have been referred to as “elements” within a plan. Traditional elements can sometimes be contradictory with one another and have competing interests. The six principles described below are the core values and statements that should not change, with recommendations provided to get there. The guiding principles refer to the areas within the Town Plan that require solutions across the spectrum of all the principles. These are the challenges that need to be addressed within the plan.

Dollars and Sense: Business and the Economy

Take advantage of Leesburg's enviably strong market where, for many land uses, demand is outpacing supply. Harness this potential growth in a manner that enhances resident quality of life, reinforces a unique brand for the Town, and creates a strong and sustainable local economy.


Moving Around Town: Transportation and Mobility

Provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system that promotes and enhances mobility and connectivity between neighborhoods and destinations through a multi-modal network of complete and walkable streets, sidewalks, and trails for transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists.


All Things Green: Park, Open Spaces, Greenways, and Natural Resources

Preserve, conserve, and enhance Leesburg's natural resources, parks, and streetscapes (public realm) to support the health and well-being of the community and environment.


Just Big Enough

Balance the need to preserve Leesburg's existing character and authenticity with accommodating expected growth and allowing for purposeful, quality development in strategic locations to meet the needs of existing and future residents, businesses, and visitors. Ensure high quality development that reflects the character of the community and maintain high quality gateways and corridors to ensure Leesburg remains distinct from surrounding communities.

Town Character and Authenticity

Retain and protect the historic core of Leesburg and provide a high quality brand and sense of place that stretches throughout the entire community. Continue to distinguish Leesburg from the surrounding areas.


Places to Live: Enhancing Neighborhoods and Improving Home Choices

Protect and enhance the quality and character of existing residential neighborhoods. Seek opportunities to offer a variety of housing types at a variety of price points that appeal to a wide range of households and enable residents to live in Leesburg throughout all stages of life. Ensure that neighborhoods are connected to walkable destinations such as parks, open space, recreational facilities, and other activity centers.



Guiding principles are what traditionally have been referred to as “elements” within a plan. Traditional elements can sometimes be contradictory with one another and have competing interests. The six principles described below are the core values and statements that should not change, with recommendations provided to get there. The guiding principles refer to the areas within the Town Plan that require solutions across the spectrum of all the principles. These are the challenges that need to be addressed within the plan.

Dollars and Sense: Business and the Economy

Take advantage of Leesburg's enviably strong market where, for many land uses, demand is outpacing supply. Harness this potential growth in a manner that enhances resident quality of life, reinforces a unique brand for the Town, and creates a strong and sustainable local economy.


Moving Around Town: Transportation and Mobility

Provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system that promotes and enhances mobility and connectivity between neighborhoods and destinations through a multi-modal network of complete and walkable streets, sidewalks, and trails for transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists.


All Things Green: Park, Open Spaces, Greenways, and Natural Resources

Preserve, conserve, and enhance Leesburg's natural resources, parks, and streetscapes (public realm) to support the health and well-being of the community and environment.


Just Big Enough

Balance the need to preserve Leesburg's existing character and authenticity with accommodating expected growth and allowing for purposeful, quality development in strategic locations to meet the needs of existing and future residents, businesses, and visitors. Ensure high quality development that reflects the character of the community and maintain high quality gateways and corridors to ensure Leesburg remains distinct from surrounding communities.

Town Character and Authenticity

Retain and protect the historic core of Leesburg and provide a high quality brand and sense of place that stretches throughout the entire community. Continue to distinguish Leesburg from the surrounding areas.


Places to Live: Enhancing Neighborhoods and Improving Home Choices

Protect and enhance the quality and character of existing residential neighborhoods. Seek opportunities to offer a variety of housing types at a variety of price points that appeal to a wide range of households and enable residents to live in Leesburg throughout all stages of life. Ensure that neighborhoods are connected to walkable destinations such as parks, open space, recreational facilities, and other activity centers.



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