Ashland leaders unveiling plan for the future

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Leaders in the town of Ashland are officially unveiling a new plan for the future.

The planning commission is hosting a meeting Thursday night to let the public weigh in on the latest comprehensive plan.

In the coming years, you'll see a revamping of Ashland's downtown areas.

This plan aims to grow both the residential and business communities while keeping the small-town feel that so many people love about Ashland.

A number of plans focus on the commerce side of town near I-95 and along the railroad tracks near Town Hall.

Town leaders want to see more storefronts and a pedestrian-friendly parkway along Route 54 heading into town.

They also want to offer development incentives to build varied neighborhoods with all types of homes to create an environment where young families and seniors could live on the same street.

The public hearing begins Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

You can go early at 6:30 p.m. to talk with town leaders about the proposal.

You can check out the draft of the 2011 comprehensive plan on the town's website before you go.

We've put a link under all access.

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