In this edition’s coverage of the Middleburg Town Council, and in veteran Council Member Mark Snyder’s “Ask a Council Member” column you will see multiple references to Town Council’s forthcoming “visioning” activities.

While the word itself evokes the sort of consultant-speak and jargon many, if not all of us have grown to suspect, or worse, THIS IS IMPORTANT.

The Middleburg Town Council is set to conduct formal, documented discussions of its collective “vision” for the future of Middleburg on April 7 at 5:30 PM and on Saturday the 8th at 8:30 in an as-yet-to-be-announced conference room at the Salamander Inn and Spa.  Because three or more Council members are expected to attend these meetings are, by law, open to the public.

You should go if you can, as preparation for later calls for feedback from the general public by Council

The moderated discussions at Salamander will have a profound effect on the development of Middleburg’s latest iteration of its Comprehensive Plan, a periodically revised formal document, required by law, which will, in turn, profoundly affect regulations, zoning, capital investment, hiring, and many other activities of your Town Council for years to come.

If you can’t   make it to Salamander on April 7 and 8, go to and read the Town’s current, 2008 edition of its “visioning” document.

THEN go to and provide feedback through the Town’s on-line Survey.

It takes less than five minutes to complete, and all responses and the identities of responders are anonymous.

At press time deadline for completion of the survey was set for March 22.

Town Council is looking for feedback not only from citizens of the town but all its visitors, friends and supporters.

Please give them as much help and feedback as possible.

It DOES make a difference.

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