MIDDLETOWN – The Planning Commission heard from two town residents on the Comprehensive Plan draft during a public hearing on Monday.
Resident Sue Anne Teal applauded the Planning Commission for its work on the plan.
“I have read all 51 pages, and I am so impressed,” Teal said, clapping. “You have touched on many things of concern to me.”
Listed among her concerns are guidance on the historical district, public transportation, and the public recreation area.
“They showed restraint on the historic district. It is basic and non-intrusive,” Teal said.
Teal owns a historic home. She said she liked the fact that the town is not dictating everything a homeowner of a historic house can do to it, such as requiring a homeowner to use original material or original colors of the period.
Resident Fred Wharton also spoke, saying it was a good plan but that it needed a few improvements.
“It needs to say there will be no boundary adjustment for the next 20 years,” Wharton said.
He suggested the town needs to address what he considers its problems with stormwater.
The town does have $15,000 appropriated for a study on the town’s stormwater systems, Wharton said.
He also told the Planning Commission that he would like to see a provision in the Comprehensive Plan for extending the sidewalks on both sides of Main Street.
After the public hearing was closed and the commission meeting began, John Madera, principal planner for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, joined the meeting.
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission helped Middletown develop the Comprehensive Plan.
Madera and the members discussed the Virginia Department of Transportation requirements and wording for the Comprehensive Plan on matters dealing with transportation, an issue that was confusing for Planning Commission members.
Madera said VDOT approved the section after the changes were made.
Planning Commission members will review each section one more time and meet again Nov. 26.