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Roanoke City holds first public meeting for 20 year plan

Comprehensive 20 year plan is underway

ROANOKE, Va. - The first of ten meetings for the Roanoke City Comprehensive 20 year plan starts Tuesday.

"It's something we do every 20 years," said Chris Chittum, Director of Planning, Building and Development for Roanoke City.

"It is a long-range plan that pans out for a couple of decades and is very general. It's very high level, one of the first things we try to do when developing any plan is to go out into the community and work with people who might be affected by our plan."

City planners want to emphasize that the plan is comprehensive. The plan can contain anything from highway construction to downtown buildings to affordable housing. 

"We're really looking at the physical and social development of the city, and looking into the future," said Chittum.

Prior to the meetings, Roanoke residents are able to fill out an online survey on planroanoke.org.

Meetings are informal. Residents can come and go as they please for a two-hour window, and speak with city planners about what they want to see.

Upcoming meetings:

Williamson Library Branch (3837 Williamson Road NW): Tuesday, August 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Melrose Library Branch (2007 Salem Turnpike): Thursday, August 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Raleigh Court Library Branch (2112 Grandin Rd SW): Thursday, August 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Main Library Downtown (706 S. Jefferson St.): Wednesday, August 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Jackson Park Library Branch (1101 Morningside St. SE): Saturday, August 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, August 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Gainsboro Library Branch (15 Patton Ave NW): Thursday, August 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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