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Vote NO to rezoning land next to Beeks Elementary

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A property developer has filed a proposal (RZN17-0007) with the Town of Blacksburg to change the zoning of 801 & 803 Airport Rd from R4 to Planned Residential (PR). The mass, scale, and type of the proposed buildings grossly deviate from the current neighborhood and what is permissible under R4 zoning. Most importantly, the proposal DOES NOT align with Blacksburg's Comprehensive Plan.

We oppose this proposed change and request that Blacksburg keep the land NEXT to Beeks Elementary zoned R4.


The rezoning request includes multiple 3-story buildings, as well as stacked duplexes, triplexes and townhomes, none of which are permitted under the current R4 zoning. The developers hitch the zone change request to a proposal for a 55+ age restricted development. Building an age restricted development in this location does not require a change in zoning. Changing the zoning to PR only benefits the developer. It is not the town’s responsibility to help privately owned businesses maximize their profit. It is the town’s responsibility to abide by current zoning and behave in a manner that supports Blacksburg’s character and the greater good of the whole community. Keeping this location zoned R4 benefits the neighborhood, Margaret Beeks Elementary and the whole community.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 7:30pm, Town Council announces decision to grant or deny rezone request. Address Town Council with 3 minute citizen comment. Please attend this Town Council Public Hearing. Wear RED to show solidarity.

If you would like more details please contact Jane at jemachin3@gmail.com or the town planner, Kinsey O'Shea, email koshea@blacksburg.gov. More information can also be found at http://blacksburg.gov/town-council/meetings/public-hearings/huckleberry-vistas-planned-residential-rezoning

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