Manassas Community Conversations Begin June 19

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Manassas residents are invited to targeted Community Conversations beginning June 19 at 7:00 p. m. at the Martin K. Alloy Boys and Girls Club, 9501 Dean Park Lane. This first session will be a visioning session on land use.

People may wonder why they don’t see commercial businesses in the middle of residential neighborhoods. Or why there is a shady walking trail to stroll through at Stonewall Park? Or why they can enjoy outdoor dining under the stars on Battle Street?

This didn’t happen by chance. As the City of Manassas kicks off an update of the Comprehensive Plan with a series of Community Conversations this summer, the importance of planning those neighborhood amenities and commercial areas will come into focus. The goal of the 18-month update process is to take the pulse of the community and create a document that will guide future land use, development, recreation, preservation, and transportation policy decisions.

With that in mind, Manassas citizens are invited to attend any or all of the Community Conversations on key topic areas like land use and transportation.

Additional meetings will cover parks and recreation; community appearance and the environment; economic development; infrastructure; culture and historic resources; and a Town Hall meeting hosted by City of Manassas boards, commissions, committees, and the City Council.

This year’s Comprehensive Plan update looks ahead to the year 2040 and will—with the help of extensive citizen input—sketch out both big-picture issues and neighborhood-specific plans like those that created outdoor dining on Battle Street. It will also include the City’s first Transportation Master Plan, a document that will guide future transportation investments and improve mobility in the City.

City staff are available to meet with neighborhood and community organizations by request. Contact 703-257-8223 for more information about hosting a meeting. Visit manassascity.org/planmanassas for more information on the Comprehensive Plan Update. Visit letstalkmanassas.org to join in the online conversation.

By Prince William Living

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