There should be some kind of insurance policy that covers you for anxiety attacks, buckled knees leading to collapse, chest palpitations, heart failure or worse when the IRS sends you an ominous looking envelope that says “Official Business – Penalty for Private Use, $300.”
It looked like a torrential downpour was about to cut loose as accurately predicted by meteorologist, Brent Watts at WDBJ. I had not made my daily trek to the mailbox yet so I’d better hustle I said to myself.
As I usually do upon exiting my front door I pulled the door closed just enough to not latch it.
Why you say do I do that? Easy answer – by some twist of my faithful front door knob in
On September 20, 2010 the Planning Commission was tasked by Roanoke City Council to complete a master plan for the now defunct Countryside Golf Course. It hasn’t been easy.
The Planning Commission first walked the property in October after initially seeing it on paper. Some had never seen the property before.
Roanoke City Planning Administrator Chris Chittum led them along in the first five work sessions. Up to 12 neighbors attended each work session. A YouTube video was sent to the Planning Commission members who were surprised by the jet noise from the adjacent airport runway.
One member sent it to a well-known developer who remarked that at least part of the property would most definitely not be suitable for residential dwellings. (As recounted at the work session.)
Following the joint meeting with the Roanoke Airport Commission the Planning Department learned that basically nothing can go in the RPZ (Runway Protection Zone) that bisects the property. Big snafu as they were expecting recreational activities, trails, gardens and even a solar farm.
As chair “Fuzzy” Minnix said, “The feeling that we get from our initial conversations with the FAA – they would not be willing to let us have those type activities there.” As a former air traffic controller he doesn’t care much for all the development encroaching on the airport. Minnix said he “can understand what their [FAA] reasoning is … if it’s only one [crash] it makes big, big headlines.”
Efren Gonzalez, Deputy Executive Director at Roanoke Regional Airport attended the last work session explaining that even Frontage Road and the golf course were “grandfathered” in when the airport expanded. That makes clear why Frontage Road is improved only up to where the airport property begins. The greenway is planned along the road but with no improvements a biker or runner will be at risk from speeding traffic off of Peters Creek Road.
Airport Noise Contour Nonconforming Use
The best laid $4.1 million (at payoff $6 million) plans of 2005 create quite a complex situation. These are not the final plans – following tonight’s open house there will be two more Planning Commission work sessions and some huddling with developers and realtors before presentation to council in March.
Admittedly it will be a long time (not in most residents lifetime) before development will occur. If past experience with Colonial Green holds true the plan is just an exercise waiting for amendments. The City sold Colonial Green to Joyce Graham for $35 in 2005 and it just received its fourth amendment.
Between airport warnings and developer evasion farmer Linwood Caldwell and son will have hay to bail for the foreseeable future.