Oct. 27 is first public meeting on downtown’s future.
Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m.
The department is looking for input and ideas from citizens to help update the vision for the downtown area for the next 20 years. The plan will seek to address the rise of downtown living and the importance of public spaces and amenities. It will also focus on successful small businesses, major employers, and other initiatives that help establish downtown Roanoke as a reg
Government is going in the wrong direction, said Chris Head as he announced for the Republican nomination to fill the seat being vacated by William Fralin in the 17th District of Virginia. Mark Lucas, a Roanoke city resident introduced him. Lucas was rumored to be a candidate but later said it was not a good time for him and he is supporting his friend, Chris Head for delegate.
Head, 46, a Botetourt resident made his announcement at his business on 220 near the Botetourt County line. He and his wife, Betsy of 20 years own Home Instead Senior Care in Roanoke and Lynchburg and have plans to expand on Peter Creek Road in Roanoke County.
Head spoke of “career politicians” with “no common sense” who don’t understand how the laws they make effect citizens at the local level. The economy and jobs is the number one issue in this season’s campaign. Head said that, “all the other candidates are talking about job creation … I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk.” He went on to say unlike his opponents he has actually created jobs and knows how government can speed the process up or slow it down.
On economic issues Head believes that budget cuts don’t have to result in a reduction in services. “It only means we should find a more efficient way to provide those services [and] we don’t need higher taxes” to do it, said Head. He believes that Southwest Virginia is getting shortchanged when it comes to receiving State funding and plans to rectify that when he gets to Richmond.
Head admonished the challenge to Virginia’s “right to work” laws and vowed to protect Virginia from those who would take away the rights of workers to organize by a secret ballot.” We have to protect the right to work at the State level,” said Head.
Later I asked Head his take on payday lenders. Some lenders had found loopholes in regulations the General Assembly had enacted. Head said that is a tough one, as he is an advocate for the “free market” process that stimulates the “opportunity to provide services that people need.” Head then spoke of his mother who had said to him “if it were not for a $1 down and a $1 a week they would not have had what they had.” Head believes payday lending is a necessary service but that they should not have “free reign.” They are there for people that “need just a little extra help,” said Head. He realizes that there are lenders that take advantage while others are following the rules.