The Hollins area could be getting a drastically new look over the next couple decades. County leaders have unveiled a draft plan for the area and are asking the public to weigh in. Suggestions offered by community members could become part of the permanent plan.
“We had a couple meetings last year and we heard from the public. So what we’re trying to do is finalize the plan with recommendations and get public feedback on those recommendations,” says Philip Thompson, acting director of planning for Roanoke County.
Those in attendance were invited to rank proposed projects based on what they want to see in the future.
“I’d like to see the greenway extended. I would like to see new sections to the greenway, of course,” says Roanoke County resident, Robert Young.
The plan has several goals, including improving the area’s transportation network, upgrading community facilities, and encouraging a mix of housing and infrstructure.
“It’s a holistic transformation of modernizing. It’s a response to the people in the past who have said they want certain things,” says Young.
Proposed projects would be paid for through a variety of sources, including grants and private development.
“It’s going to take some time, but once the plan is adopted, working on implementation. Trying to work with a variety of different stakeholders to make sure this happens over time,” says Thompson.
The plan is expected to be finalized this summer and then will go through a public hearing process.
Those who were unable to attend the community meeting can still weigh in by completing the online survey