Friday, November 12, 2010

Planning Commission trying to put a square peg in a round hole

Countryside Barn View

So we are expecting seven members of the Roanoke City’s Planning Commission to come up with a master plan for the Countryside golf course property. A couple weeks ago they did a walk through. Some seeing the property for the first time. Neighbors tagged along watching for signs of hope after over five years of indecision.

Thursday night the neighbors attended a three-hour work session though Planning Commission members were antsy to leave early. Neighbors were allowed mostly to just observe the process.  Commission members argued amongst themselves quite a bit – like the definition of commercial.

Raleigh Court and Grandin Village kept coming up a lot. Now there is a square peg in a round hole. That has been tried before by the city and a developer.

Just like the Taubman museum … Countryside  is what it is and where it is. The only thing that ever made it “special” with homes “above the median” price range was the golf course.

The neighbors just don’t want it to end up like the Taubman museum. Don’t try to put the square peg in a round hole. 

The next work session on November 23 will get down to the specific area where the patio homes reside. There will be no peace in the valley that night.

One member may have a conflict of interest. Ed Hall and Associates, Inc. was the recipient of the commission on sale of the property to the city. Hall and Associates provided negotiating expertise at least since 2002 until the closing on the property in 2005. Mr. Henry Scholz is a Senior Associate Broker with Hall Associates and Planning Commission member.

I am conflicted on the “conflict” as I observe the interaction between members. We’ll see how it goes.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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