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The Planning Office is sponsoring a Rural Preservation Study workshop on Saturday December 7, at Beacon Hall on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University which is located at 10900 University Boulevard in Manassas. The workshop is part of Prince William County’s continuing commitment to public outreach and citizen engagement, and is open to the public. It will run as an open house between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The workshop is being planned as an open house to allow members of the public flexibility in attending the sessions in which they are interested. Members of the public are not expected to attend the workshop for the entire day, though people who wish to attend every session may need to stay most of the day.
At the workshop, staff from the Prince William County Planning Office and its consultant team will share results from the public input received to date, present preliminary ideas for the Study recommendations, and solicit input for additional ideas, thoughts and concerns.
There will be multiple one-hour to one-and-a-half-hour work sessions focused on different topics including: Preserving Rural Character; Land Preservation Techniques; Rural Area Business and Economic Development; and General Study Input. In addition, the workshop will feature an all-day, self-guided open house where members of the public can review information about the study, talk one-on-one to staff and provide their input.
Each work session will be offered multiple times during the day so that members of the public can plan their day around the sessions they wish to attend. A detailed agenda is available at http://pwcgov.org/government/dept/planning/Documents/Rural% 20Study%20Workshop%20Program%20Agenda.pdf.
Prince William County began the Study in the summer of 2013 to evaluate the rural preservation policies and tools the County has in place. The goal is to determine whether they are meeting the County’s objectives, and, if warranted, to recommend new objectives, policies and tools. Public input to date has come in the form of a stakeholder input meeting in Nokesville on August 1, 2013; focus group meetings on August 1, 2013 and August 2, 2013, which involved 18 agencies, groups and organizations; and a public opinion survey that received nearly 400 responses.
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