The Vienna Planning Commission will meet TONIGHT, Wednesday August 8, 2018, at 8 PM in Vienna Town Hall to discuss some modest proposed changes in Maple Avenue Commercial zoning. This is the meeting where they should finalize any recommendations they may have about these changes, to be passed on to the Town Council. Please place this on your calendar and plan to attend.
The meeting materials are this web page. Probably the overriding issue is the potential for adding a density limit to MAC zoning — limiting the number of allowable dwelling units per acre.
Twenty-six people spoke at the last Planning Commission meeting (.pdf here.) That may or may not be a record, but it was unusual.
If you have not yet spoken on these planned changes to MAC zoning before the Planning Commission, you may speak for three minutes at this meeting. The Planning Commission left the public hearing open at the last meeting, meaning that there are still opportunities to speak.
The Planning Commission plays a key role in this process. The Commonwealth mandates that we must have a Planning Commission, and mandates that changes to zoning must be considered by the Planning Commission, with public comment, before they go to the Town Council. Members of the Planning Commission are citizen volunteers, doing what has to be the single most thankless task in the entire Town Government.