Town of Blacksburg
Planning and Engineering Neighborhood Planning, Code Enforcement, Rental Permitting (540) 951-4347
PO Box 90003 email@example.com
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9003 www.blacksburg.va.us
Dear Property Owners and Tenants:
Cooperative efforts can make winter SIDEWALK SNOW REMOVAL easy! Each winter, numerous
phone calls are received concerning snow on sidewalks because they are being covered/blocked
after snowplows come through. Please be aware, that your local government employees are
sensitive to the issue that residents are tasked with snow removal on sidewalks. We also realize
that the snow we push can sometimes accumulate, blocking your driveway entrance.
Understandably, it can be frustrating and difficult for residents to comply with Town Code,
Section 23-21, which requires property owners and/or tenants to remove snow from the paved
sidewalks in front of their residence. (This is to be completed within twenty-four (24) hours.)
How can the Town make your job easier? We believe that sharing information concerning our
procedures will benefit you in scheduling time to get the snow off your sidewalk.
The crews are given priority street assignments and will make 2 passes if necessary (more, if
snow continues to fall). We suggest you watch the accumulation and give us the opportunity to
come through a second time before you begin shoveling. (This is also a good time to clear out
the pile plowed up in front of your driveway and in parking areas). Please do not throw the
snow back in to the street!
The intent in residential areas is to plow approximately 2 feet from the curb/roadside so as
not to cover walkways. Maintaining this distance is not always an option for areas that are
priority Roads (Price’s Fork Road, Patrick Henry Drive, Toms Creek Road, Main Street,
Harding Avenue, Roanoke Street, and so forth).
On behalf of your neighbors and the many residents that walk through your area, please
cooperate in removing snow hazards on sidewalks and continue parking vehicles in such a manner
as to facilitate snow plowing. We can make winter weather a little safer by our cooperative
efforts and maintain the quality of safe access to roads and sidewalks that many residents wish
If you have any questions concerning SIDEWALK SNOW REMOVAL please call me at 961-1126.
Neighborhood Enhancement Program
What is the Neighborhood Enhancement Program?
The NEP is formally known as the Neighborhood Enhancement Program. The program began July 1,
1999. This program involves a 3-part initiative to recover, protect, and enhance the vitality of
neighborhoods, which seeks to:
reverse PAST trends of rental property conversions with a loss of tenant/absentee owner
responsibility to the neighborhood;
Properties that are located in Single Family Zoning Districts (R-4 and PR) require a permit in order to be
rented. To attain such a permit, the rental property is registered annually and must be in satisfactory
condition as defined under the property maintenance provisions of the State Building Code. This would
be determined by an inspection accomplished by a Town inspector once every three years.
If the rental property is located outside of the Conservation District for the Rental Permitting Program
you should always contact your landlord first with any concerns.
proactively address PRESENT Town Code violations which degrade the appearance and
quality of life in neighborhoods; and,
In order to support this neighborhood enhancement, effective enforcement of the Town Codes and
Zoning Ordinances already in place to combat nuisance issues such as accumulation of weeds, debris,
litter, abandoned vehicles, occupancy limits, signage uses, and the like is necessary. In addition, we
must use and enforce effectively, the property maintenance provisions of the State Building Code to
assure that situations of substandard housing and degradation of property condition are corrected.
promote a desired FUTURE of neighborhoods through a Neighborhood Planning Program.
By working in concert with neighborhood organizations Town staff assists with the development of self-
governing groups and associations. By hosting meetings, citizens are able to have a more effective
voice in shaping their neighborhoods and developing solutions to neighborhood concerns as well as
building stable, interesting, pleasant, and desirable places to live.
If you would like further information, please feel free to contact me at the number listed above.
Neighborhood Enhancement Program