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County courts feedback on economic vision for Lake Anne

Lake Anne Plaza on a quiet day (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Work on establishing a new economic vision for the Lake Anne area is underway.

In collaboration with consulting firm Streetsense, the county is currently courting feedback via a public survey on economic visioning for the Lake Anne Commercial Revitation Area, an area that was designated as a possible hotspot for commercial revitalization in 1998.

The survey comes after Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn jumpstarted an effort to establish a vision for the area.

“The goal is to develop a market appropriate, aspirational economic vision that builds on the historic and unique characteristics of the Lake Anne area,” the survey says.

In a letter distributed to area residents and stakeholders, Alcorn stressed that the purpose is to build consensus around the vision for the area.

“Both the supervisor and county staff have no preconceived ideas about specific outcomes but hope that it is a vision that combines an understanding of the local market with the interest of the Lake Anne community,” the letter said.

The survey, which is open through March 10, is public and open to all.

Streetsense is working on a multi-month study as part of its work on the vision. It will include community engagement with residents an business owners, including virtual listening sessions by the media consulting firm.

A half-day, in-person workshop is also planned for April to develop a program of uses and experiences that define the Lake Anne story.

The consultant is expected to present findings from the public engagement phase in May, prior to publishing its final report, which is slated to come forward in early June.

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