Planning commission hosts public hearing on 419 draft plan

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Roanoke County’s Reimagine 419 plan is moving closer to being officially adopted.

People had a chance to weigh in on the draft version of the plan Tuesday night in front of the county planning commission. People who spoke at the meeting were generally in favor of the plan.

The draft was unveiled in March to include hundreds of new residential units, new retail space and paths for bicycles and pedestrians.

The planning commission also discussed the plan during the meeting, and members said they liked what they saw. While one member said he is concerned that not every detail in the plan is possible, others said they believe the plan, especially the draft version, is a guide.

People we spoke with at the meeting said they are eager for development to start.

“This is needed in the county to have a new area of the county for younger people, older people, everyone to enjoy and not just be a bedroom community for the city of Roanoke,” said Taylor Stone, who owns property in the Route 419 area. 

This was the first public meeting after the plan was unveiled in March.

According to Roanoke County officials, the next step in the adoption phase of the plan is a joint work session with the planning commission and county board of supervisors, which is set for early June.

A board of supervisors public hearing on the final version of the plan could come as early as July, according to officials.

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