The Loudoun Planning Commission is organizing a hearing on November 30 on the highway. 15 packages

The Loudoun County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed improvements to Rt. 15 north of Leesburg at 6 p.m. on November 30, with commentary accepted in person and online.

The commission will hear comments specifically on changes to the county’s comprehensive plan, which outlines the intended end state of the road. County supervisors and planners propose to change the road classification in this plan from an undivided two lane rural road to a divided middle road, widening to four lanes. The panel is also studying the possible routes for bypassing Lucketts.

These proposals have elicited much public comment, including both support and concern. According to a report prepared for the Planning Commission, the county planner received 134 written comments, and an online survey in July of the proposals returned 951 comments. In this survey, 64% of respondents preferred an eastern ring road, 24% preferred a western ring road, 6% preferred no ring road and 1% preferred to consider traffic calming measures or additional roundabouts.

The county’s proposals have also sparked great concern from historical and conservation organizations in the area, such as Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Journey Through Hallowed Ground, and Piedmont Environmental Council. Meanwhile, some business owners in the Lucketts area are worried about the impact a bypass would have on their business.

More information at loudoun.gov/route15CPAM. Learn more about participating online at loudoun.gov/remoteparticipation. The Planning Commission meets in the Council Chamber at the Loudoun Government Center at 1 Harrison St., Leesburg.

Aurora J. William