A unanimous decision was made by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors to give the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke the special use permit it needs to build their raptor complex. 

The room was packed with people attending the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Many people for and against granting the special use permit came to speak during the public comment section. 

In the end, the board voted unanimously to grant the permit under some conditions. 

Those conditions include that the raptor complex be set back 60 ft from the property line instead of 40 ft, also that a double staggered row of large evergreen trees be planted along the western and southern property lines, and that the raptor complex be constructed with mostly wood materials. 

“We didn’t oppose the wildlife center the way it was, we are opposing the intensification especially along the property lines,” said Stan Seymour, a property owner. 

“It has stressed the volunteers and the staff, but when it comes to caring for the wildlife, we’re one hundred percent there and we will do our best,” said Sabrina Garvin, Executive Director of the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke. 

There is also a pending legal battle between some of the neighbors and the wildlife center.