Hello, Botetourt County! I would first like to introduce myself. I am Peter Volosin, the new Long-Range Planner for Botetourt, or “the new Jerod”. I am excited to be onboard with the Community Development team and my focus will be on updating the comprehensive plan for the county.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our first round of public feedback about the comprehensive plan. We had 400 respondents to our online survey and 130 people who came in-person to give their input.
After analyzing public input, we presented a summary of the findings to the Planning Commission on June 8, 2020. For those that came in-person to our public input meetings the following were the main takeaways from the feedback we received:
•Redevelopment of existing structures is preferred by citizens to new construction.
•The county should evaluate the need for development as it relates to traffic congestion at Daleville
•Citizens want future development directed along Route 11 and I-81 interchanges north of Exit 150. Citizens agree that the Gateway Crossing Area should be utilized for future development and beautification.
• Preservation of open spaces/rural character is important and can be achieved by focusing development in the southern part of the county
•Citizens would like to see more trails and outdoor amenities
•More community services are needed in the Daleville area to support population increases (fire, library, schools, etc).
From the 400 online survey respondents, we learned a bunch of information about why you choose to live in Botetourt and what challenges you see for the county. Respondents were a fairly even mix of age groups, meaning we got input from people in all stages of life. Here is the information we learned from the online survey:
What make Botetourt special?
•Natural beauty and rural landscapes
•Small town feel / the people
•”Where I grew up”
What are Botetourt’s biggest challenges?
•Infrastructure – schools, water, broadband
•Lack of social venues
•Equal resources across the county (north vs. south)
Now that the first round of public input has been received, we will use that information to draft several maps which will show suggested future land use categories around the county. This is an important component of updating the comprehensive plan because it provides direction on future growth, as well as areas the county would like to protect by limiting development. Next, we will have a second round of public input. Our goal is to begin public input in September 2020 and we are working on what we will have to do differently this time to make sure everyone is safe from Covid-19.
Thank you for following us here at the BoCo Planning and Zoning division. I am looking forward to meeting you in my new role soon.
To see a copy of the June 8th presentation, click here: https://botetourtva.sharepoint.com/sites/PZ/Shared%20Documents/Planning%20Commission/June%202020/Comp%20Plan%20Outreach%20Round%201%20Summary.pdf