Big thanks to all those who participated in the two public meetings to discuss the Avon Hall property in Washington. Led by two members of the town council, two from the town planning commission and the mayor, the attendees — a near-equal mix of town and county residents — were attentive, thoughtful, engaged, civil and perceptive.
The ideas discussed and enhanced by this open process provided valuable insights and better ways of thinking about the whole site. Whether the property goes totally private, becomes a mix of public and private space or some other option will be up to the town council. For the moment, the open public engagement and deliberative dialogue provided a thoughtful forum for community interests and a great reminder of why Washington, Va., is a great place to live.