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					Community Conversation Results
Last Updated 05/17/2006

Meetings Conducted:                                             Topic Categories
AARP: Blacksburg Chapter of the AARP on 2/21/2006 and           Community Design (Planning, Land Use)
Blacksburg Citizen's Institute: 4/10/2006                       Community Facilities (Schools, New High School Stadium)
Blacksburg High School: 12th Grade Government Classes on        Economic Development (Downtown Area)
Blacksburg Middle School: 8th Grader Civic Class on 4/23/2006   Government Relations (Town with Residents, Students, VT, Christiansburg, Montgomery County, NRV)
Mt. Tabor Ruritan Club meeting on 2/2/2006                      Historic Preservation
VT: Town/Gown Community Relations Committee Meeting             Housing (Stock & Affordability Issue)
Community Conversation: Three general meetings open to the
public on 3/15/2006, 3/21/2006, 3/27/2006 at the Community      Human Services
                                                                Information Technology
                                                                Natural Environment
                                                                Neighborhood Planning
                                                                Parks & Recreation (Includes Greenways)
                                                                Public Safety (Speeding)
                                                                Transportation (Sidewalks)
                                                                Utilities (Water, Sewer, Trash, Recycling)


Meeting                             Topic                       Comment
AARP                                Community Design            Overflow parking from apartments
AARP                                Community Facilities        How should Old Blacksburg Middle School property be utilized
AARP                                Community Facilities        What should be done with the existing Blacksburg High School if a new high school is constructed
AARP                                Community Facilities        What would the new football field be called?
AARP                                Government Relations        Address the impact of the Federal Government selling National Forest Lands in Montgomery County
AARP                                Historic Preservation       Historic Area/Site Preservation
AARP                                Housing                     Affordable Housing
AARP                                Natural Environment         Air Pollution
AARP                                Parks & Recreation          Concern expressed about the maintenance of Heritage Park as a natural resource, for example where and how often to mow the grass
AARP                                Parks & Recreation          Different age groups use facilities so they all have different needs
AARP                                Parks & Recreation          If a new name has not yet been chosen, keeping the existing name, Bill Brown Field, was recommended
AARP                                Public Safety               Ensure that street signs & house/building address numbers are visible to citizens and to emergency crews
AARP                                Transportation               Bus service from Warm Hearth and Price’s Fork Area to Countywide destinations
AARP                                Transportation               More sidewalks
AARP                                Transportation              Aviation
AARP                                Transportation              Frontage roads along 460 Bypass to keep School buses off bypass
AARP                                Transportation              Increase building setbacks to allow construction of I-73
AARP                                Transportation              Route 114 Road Improvements
AARP                                Utilities                   Waste Management in Hethwood
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Balance Urban and Rural
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Commercial areas are too separated
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Developments need sidewalks
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            House are too close together and too uniform
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Implement Design standards
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Keep Old Fashioned Lights
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Make decision on who actually does control zoning/development issues
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Too much Commercial Development
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Town needs more parking
Blacksburg High School              Community Facilities        Like- Schools
Blacksburg High School              Community Facilities        Renovate old facilities
Blacksburg High School              Economic Development        Close College Ave and make it a pedestrian Mall
Blacksburg High School              Economic Development        Expand Farmers Market

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Meeting                    Topic                    Comment
Blacksburg High School     Economic Development     Give incentives for small Businesses
Blacksburg High School     Economic Development     Kent Square is too expensive
Blacksburg High School     Economic Development     Lower rent Downtown
Blacksburg High School     Economic Development     Need an arts district
Blacksburg High School     Economic Development     Need local music
Blacksburg High School     Economic Development     Renovate Downtown
Blacksburg High School     Economic Development     Stores should stay open longer
Blacksburg High School     Government Relations     Town needs to make plans more public
Blacksburg High School     Historic Preservation    Keep Town high tech and preserve its history
Blacksburg High School     Housing                  Build more work force housing
Blacksburg High School     Housing                  Need affordable housing
Blacksburg High School     Information Technology   Joint Wireless internet service for the Town and County
Blacksburg High School     Natural Environment      Keep Trails in Hethwood
Blacksburg High School     Natural Environment      More open space
Blacksburg High School     Natural Environment      Wetland Issues
Blacksburg High School     Parks & Recreation       Maintain the Duck Pond and Huckleberry Trail
Blacksburg High School     Parks & Recreation       More dance and gymnastics classes
Blacksburg High School     Parks & Recreation       Need more Baseball fields
Blacksburg High School     Parks & Recreation       Need more Parks
Blacksburg High School     Parks & Recreation       Preserve old Parks
Blacksburg High School     Parks & Recreation       Provide more spaces to gather
Blacksburg High School     Parks & Recreation       Research other Towns and learn from them
Blacksburg High School     Parks & Recreation       Teen Club
Blacksburg High School     Public Safety            Crosswalks Downtown are not safe
Blacksburg High School     Public Safety            Not enough call boxes on campus, want more on huckleberry trail
Blacksburg High School     Public Safety            Poor snow removal at rental units
Blacksburg High School     Public Safety            Reduce some speed limits throughout Town
Blacksburg High School     Transportation           Congestion at Price's Fork and West Campus signal light
Blacksburg High School     Transportation           Expand the BT
Blacksburg High School     Transportation           Need more bikeways and trails
Blacksburg High School     Transportation           Need more stoplights
Blacksburg High School     Transportation           Why is Tom's Creek Interchange needed?
Blacksburg High School     Utilities                Lack of education concerning "blue bins"
Blacksburg High School     Utilities                Public sewer service in Tom’s Creek & Price’s Fork areas
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         Control Growth and do not limit sewer
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         Don't Like Alumni Center
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         Housing is too close to Commercial
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         Keep Small Town feel
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         less low residential- less sprawl
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         Like- College atmosphere
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         Like downtown area
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         Like- high/low-residential
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         Like the neighborhoods
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         More parking is needed downtown
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         Need trails for motorcycles
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         No tall buildings
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Design         Want more parking at the High school
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Facilities     Better school lunches
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Facilities     Need better Library
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Facilities     Need Rehab Center
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Facilities     Public Schools- How to deal with Growth
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Facilities     Schools need better facilities and sports
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Facilities     Turn Old Blacksburg Middle School into Sports Complex


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Meeting                    Topic                   Comment
Blacksburg Middle School   Community Facilities    Want High School at Kipps Farm
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Bring back Record Exchange
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Encourage Growth Downtown
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Expand Blacksburg Ta Base
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Expand University Mall-Need better stores
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Fill empty space Downtown
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Like Ben& Jerry's
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Like- Bookstore
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Like- Carol Lee Doughnuts
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Like- Mexican restaurants
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Like- Mish Mish
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Like- Starbucks
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Like- The Lyric
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Like-greenhouse store
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    More locally owned shops
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    More Shops- Sporting Goods
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Stadium style movie theater
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Stop building-control growth
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Too much Construction
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Want a Wal-Mart in Town
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Want Cold Stone Creamery in Town
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Want Convention Center
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Want more music stores
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Want more pet stores
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Want Olive Garden and another Pizza Hut
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Want Outdoor shops
Blacksburg Middle School   Economic Development    Want science museum
Blacksburg Middle School   Historic Preservation   Like- architecture
Blacksburg Middle School   Housing                 Locate workforce housing on BT line
Blacksburg Middle School   Housing                 more retirement facilities
Blacksburg Middle School   Natural Environment     Like- the scenery
Blacksburg Middle School   Natural Environment     Want Cleaner Town
Blacksburg Middle School   Natural Environment     Want more wildlife-Zoo
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Beaver Issues
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Bigger Skate Park
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Car Shows
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Develop Culture fair
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Improve Track & Field Facilities
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Kent Square should cater to teens
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Like- Parks
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Like- Recreation and Aquatic center
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Like- Tech Sports
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Like- Trails
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Like-Stepping Out
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      More Bike Paths
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      More teen attractions and recreation
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Need a big city feel-Amusement Park
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Need an ice skating rink
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Need more basketball ad tennis courts
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Need more recreation facilities- pools, courts, etc.
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Need more swimming pools
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      New Recreation Center with cleaner bathrooms
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Should work with local lakes for more recreation


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Meeting                    Topic                   Comment
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Want a kids bowling alley
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Want Botanical Garden
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Want football field at BBMS
Blacksburg Middle School   Parks & Recreation      Want to be able to go fishing
Blacksburg Middle School   Public Safety           Bus Stops are not safe
Blacksburg Middle School   Public Safety           Improve Police directing traffic at the Middle School
Blacksburg Middle School   Public Safety           Like- Police
Blacksburg Middle School   Public Safety           More supervision at Recreation Center
Blacksburg Middle School   Public Safety           Use OBMS as a rescue site
Blacksburg Middle School   Transportation          Don't want Tom's Creek interchange
Blacksburg Middle School   Transportation          Fix Back roads- pave/ repave
Blacksburg Middle School   Transportation          Improve BT
Blacksburg Middle School   Transportation          Improve roads to deal with Game Day traffic
Blacksburg Middle School   Transportation          Improve traffic downtown
Blacksburg Middle School   Transportation          Limit Tom's Creek Development
Blacksburg Middle School   Transportation          Need better roads- we have potholes
Blacksburg Middle School   Transportation          Want alternate roads
Citizen's Institute        Community Design        Charlottesville and the NE section of Greensboro are examples of quality development that the group would like to see
Citizen's Institute        Community Design        Growth is necessary but must be controlled
Citizen's Institute        Community Design        Hethwood-Stroubles Mill-type development seemed acceptable
Citizen's Institute        Community Design        Need more boutique-type shops for neighborhood commercial and downtown
Citizen's Institute        Community Design        No High rises
Citizen's Institute        Community Design        Plan commercial developments with adequate entrances and exits
Citizen's Institute        Community Design        Use Zoning and Future Land Use Map
Citizen's Institute        Community Design        Use zoning to control growth.
Citizen's Institute        Community Facilities    Redevelop Middle School property with an affordable housing component
Citizen's Institute        Community Facilities    Set aside a portion of the Middle School property for Rescue Squad facility
Citizen's Institute        Econmic Development     Concern with building more retail space when much existing retail space is vacant
Citizen's Institute        Econmic Development     Desire to expand Town’s tax base through development
Citizen's Institute        Econmic Development     Desire to see redevelopment of S Main St and a reinvigoration of downtown
Citizen's Institute        Econmic Development     Plan for commercial development with a focus on traffic
Citizen's Institute        Economic Development    Downtown Urban Renewal
Citizen's Institute        Economic Development    Fill empty space Downtown
Citizen's Institute        Economic Development    Need DMV in Town
Citizen's Institute        Economic Development    Need more shops Downtown
Citizen's Institute        Economic Development    Redevelop S Main
Citizen's Institute        Economic Development    Want more shops in Blacksburg
Citizen's Institute        Government Relations    Concern over County development at Town’s borders
Citizen's Institute        Government Relations    Concern voiced regarding effect of comments from people in other parts of town having a greater impact than comments of neighboring property owners a
Citizen's Institute        Government Relations    Special interests have too much influence; look out for what’s best for the long-term interests of the Town, don’t just cater to a vocal constituency
Citizen's Institute        Government Relations    VT has too much say
Citizen's Institute        Government Relations    What is the reality of citizen input having an effect on the planning process?
Citizen's Institute        Housing                 Coordinate affordable housing to BT routes
Citizen's Institute        Housing                 Define Affordable Housing
Citizen's Institute        Housing                 Inclement weather vs. wage workers
Citizen's Institute        Housing                 Promote workforce housing
Citizen's Institute        Housing                 Rename “affordable” housing to “workforce” or “low-cost” housing
Citizen's Institute        Housing                 Town needs to promote and facilitate affordable housing
Citizen's Institute        Neighborhood Planning   Group was split on neighborhood commercial development
Citizen's Institute        Public Safety           Emergency Plans
Citizen's Institute        Public Safety           General concerns with emergency planning and public safety
Citizen's Institute        Public Safety           Not safe to bike
Citizen's Institute        Utilities               Not installing sewer lines to control growth is a bad idea. Town committed to installing sewer in Tom’s Creek basin and people that live there deserve it.


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Meeting                          Topic                  Comment
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design        Many contractors are unwilling to come back into Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design        Where is “the land” to be developed?
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Current development managed poorly
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Current development phase seems to be on high density - need to look at if that is what we want.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       How to attract developers to Town with restrictions and expenses associated with density requirements
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Land use policies not managed well – look at land use for prime future development
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Need to adjust zoning to provide most optimal space for development.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Need to conserve open space but find balance with development.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Scale-No bug box stores, churches, schools, etc.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   Art district and the New Performing Arts Center
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   Commercial leaving the downtown area is not good for the Town of Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   Downtown Image
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   Kent Square seems to be disjoined from the rest of downtown
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   New Businesses to recruit
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   Spin off from CRC
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   The brick pavement downtown gives some elderly people the perception of uneven ground
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   What is Blacksburg's niche
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   What will keep VT students here after graduation?
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations   The Town needs to recognize the importance of the students and the tax revenues they produce
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations   Town needs to focus on their relationship with Christiansburg and Radford
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations   Town needs to rid itself of this “all students are bad” mentality.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations   University vs. Town concerning revenues
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                 TUB engineering requirements make the cost of simple home repairs unaffordable.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                Building standards (zoning, density, engineering standards) make housing in Blacksburg unaffordable
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                Concerns about growth in extra territorial areas
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                Need Work Force Housing
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                Town and VT staff can't afford to live here
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                Water and Sewer need to be made affordable and available to the TUB
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                Would workers want to live here if they could?
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Natural Environment    Don’t want to lose field by Palmer Dr. to development
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     Regional facilities
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     Safety
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     Some would say we need an self sufficient 18 hole golf course
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     There need to be more recreation facilities created for retired individuals
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     There needs to be an outdoor aquatic center within the Town of Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     There seems to be some interconnection between recreational facilities in Christiansburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Adding turning lanes could help alleviate congestion – ex. Lee and Washington
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         BT is a good service
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Entire system could be overloaded
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Graves Rd & Giles rd may need widening
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         How to move people through Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Impact of rising gas prices
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Many of the road markings around town need to be repainted because the are often deteriorated
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         New Routes to Christiansburg (BT)
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Palmer Drive needs to be acknowledged as a major north south road
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Piecemeal traffic light placement – could be designed better to allow more flow
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Prices Fork is the only way out if you live in Foxridge area
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         There are no Crosswalks near Margaret Beeks Elementary School
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         There should be sidewalks on at least one side of all street
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Timing of the lights is not always consistent
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Transit needs to be expanded
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Design       Density concerns
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Design       More childcare providers


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Meeting                          Topic                   Comment
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Design        Use all land- Harding Ave. behind Windsor Hills
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Facilities    More animal shelters
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Facilities    Perhaps turn old Middle School into cultural center
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Businesses moving out
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Downtown is critical for a healthy Town
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Having parking in the rear to promote economic development
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Limit outdoors stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Limit Sub shops but some want better delis
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Limit thrift stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Nicer cosmetics stores, particularly Estee Lauder and Mac
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Tech Bookstore loses downtown feel by being setback so far from Main St.
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    There should be a stronger parallel with Christiansburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Upgrade buildings in Downtown
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want “inner courtyard areas” downtown, specifically College Ave. area
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want adult, not just student style clothing stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want an authorized Verizon dealer
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want bagel shop
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want computer stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want furniture stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want gift shop style, general store, “mom and pop”
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want more boutiques
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want more clothing and shoe stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want more sushi bars
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    We are seeing restaurants go to Christiansburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    We need to bring in new revenue
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Big Event is good for Town and VT relationship
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Citizen’s feel there is good cooperation between VT and Town
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Student participation w/ Town activities
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Students feel there could be better cooperation between VT and Town
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Students feel unwelcome from some citizens
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Want more student volunteering in community
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Budget Issues
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   College Ave. seems “run down”
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Don’t mind walking far too park if the walk is along downtown stores and has scenery
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Henderson Lawn is a nice area, perhaps blend campus to town better, perhaps brick sidewalk
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Maintenance
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   New constructions are not blending in with old neighborhoods
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Want to keep integrity of downtown, like Kent Square being close to street
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Want to save what we’ve got, may have lost historic homes on Roanoke St.
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Affordable Housing- Location is important to lessening traffic and noise
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Affordable Housing should mirror public services
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Affordable to few graduates
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Concern over renters not maintaining houses and yards
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Don’t like cookie cutter houses and “McMansions”
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 How to improve rental housing quality
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Like housing separated from “college atmosphere”
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Like neighborhood feel of Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Like old fashioned style of Tom’s Creek Village and Shadow Lake
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Student Housing
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Students buying property would encourage pride in upkeep
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Want affordable duplexes or town homes
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Want more town-homes and rental houses
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Natural Environment     Cedar Run- green space & natural open space


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Meeting                          Topic                   Comment
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Neighborhood Planning   Keep Miller South Side neighborhood as is, like it a lot
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Comparison made to Roanoke’s Market in the Square
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Competition for field time
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Concern about South Interchange Park use
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Like Steppin’ Out and International Fair
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Like street fairs
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Looking for large open spaces accessible by walking or bike riding
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      More fields for softball and soccer
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      More services for retirees, community, ad youth
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Not enough
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Pocket Parks near commercial areas
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Want large rec-center as a cooperative between Blacksburg and VT
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Want more cultural activities such as speakers, concerts, programmed activities
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Want outdoor pool in Oak Lane
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Want outdoor swimming pool, perhaps with movable roof to make it indoor
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Was some concern over not knowing that some parks existed, perhaps an exposure/information issue
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Where to play if OBMS is developed
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Why pay to use Town fields
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Youth baseball fields
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety           More police to deal with student drinking and driving
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety           Set backs on Main Street make it hard for emergency vehicles to get through
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety           Want additional street lights on College Ave
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety           Want call boxes between campus and downtown maybe College Ave., but none in Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Bike lanes are often in and out of traffic
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Bring into Downtown
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          BT- better advertising
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          BT- expand residential use in addition to that of student
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          BT- more routes at night
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          BT- relieve congestion
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Concern over traffic at Cook’s Clean Center
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Concerns about congestion
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Every street needs at least one sidewalk
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Expand BT
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Freshman should not be able to drive
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          How can we bypass Main street?
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Luster's gate bike trail never has people on it because it is not maintained
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Minimize car trips
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Sidewalks need to be part of new developments
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Some roads need to be widened ( Palmer and graves
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Street are made for driving – there are too many parked on the street
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          There needs to be a sidewalk for ½ mile around schools
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Transit should also focus on retirees
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Upgrade buses, more bike paths, sidewalks and trails
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          What are the potential traffic impacts on Price’s Fork Road of the new stadium
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Utilities               Public Sewer service
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design        incorporate curb and gutter
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design        Less buildings more open space
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design        Need small mixed use buildings
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design        Put sidewalks on both sides of the street
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Department Stores are needed
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Downtown Revitalization
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Have bars w/o the restaurant
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Mecca or art center instead of shopping Downtown


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Meeting                          Topic                   Comment
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    More recreation is needed Downtown
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    More Restaurants in Town
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    More stores Downtown for basic necessities for all ages, I.e. drugstore
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Multicultural ambiance Downtown
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Review Town ordinances to help small businesses
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Small grocery store Downtown
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Town Promotion of Businesses for residents not just students
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Use what we have before making new
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Historic Preservation   Expand the historic district
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                 Grants to help renovate existing housing for Affordable Housing
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                 Homeless issue when Lake Terrace closes
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                 More housing for Town staff
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                 More low income/workforce housing so you wok, live, and vote in Town
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                 More on-campus housing to lessen traffic in Town
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Neighborhood Planning   Connect neighborhoods for walkability
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Neighborhood Planning   Keep Small Town feel
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Neighborhood Planning   Want to make Blacksburg more attractive place for residents to live
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Parks & Recreation      Dog Park
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Parks & Recreation      More Recreational Fields
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Public Safety           Reconfigure speed limits to slow traffic
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          Adequate parking at S. Main
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          BT- For residents throughout the Town
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          BT- more service to the hospital
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          BT- Quicker Routes
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          BT- routes to Wal-Mart
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          Concerns about airport changes
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          How to work with VT BT?
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          Lights at 460 and Prices Fork needs improvement
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          Maintain old streets before new ones are built
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          More bikeways for recreation and commuters
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          More park & Ride services for commuters in out-laying counties
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          More streetlights
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          More traffic calming in N.E.
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          Move traffic N and S and not on Main St
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          restrict VT students form driving cars
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          Follow the Comp Plan to route traffic from South Main St. to South Gate Drive via a new road from Hubbard to Lane Stadium
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design        "Work, Live, and Good Services"
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design        Church of GOD parking issues
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design        Don't grow in the community until services like schools, sewer, water, and roads are available
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design        Each development should pay for its own infrastructure costs; cash proffers
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design        Increase building setbacks to allow for future road widening/bus pullouts and line of sight
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Facilities    Like- Town services
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Economic Development    Department Stores
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Economic Development    Like new businesses, feel that they fit well in atmosphere but still have modern feel
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Economic Development    More Restaurants
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Housing                 Convert older buildings to affordable housing
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Neighborhood Planning   Neighborhood Preservation
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Neighborhood Planning   Woodbine and Wyatt Farms
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Parks & Recreation      Construct an ice skating rink
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Parks & Recreation      Fenced Dog Park with trees
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation          Better bus service
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation          Extended bus service to Giles Country and other surrounding areas
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation          Park & Ride Bus loops in and around Town


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Meeting             Topic                  Comment
Mt. Tabor Ruritan   Transportation         Pedestrian access across intersection
Mt. Tabor Ruritan   Transportation         Pedestrian facilities planned ahead of construction
Mt. Tabor Ruritan   Transportation         Peppers Ferry Rd and 460 Business Interchange improvements (pedestrian)
Mt. Tabor Ruritan   Utilities              Trash truck's littering their routes
VT                  Community Design       Steep streets become a problem in inclement weather
VT                  Economic Development   More shops in Blacksburg
VT                  Housing                Rental Inspection Program
VT                  Public Safety          Bad lighting Downtown; increase pedestrian safety
VT                  Public Safety          Bad lighting on Draper Rd. and Progress St.
VT                  Public Safety          Make Blacksburg laws similar to other larger jurisdictions
VT                  Public Safety          There is a speeding problem at apartment entrances
VT                  Transportation         Add a sidewalk crossing at Price's Fork and Turner
VT                  Transportation         Add more sidewalks and bikeways at or around UCB, the Inn, and the University
VT                  Transportation         Add sidewalks town wide in or by crosswalks
VT                  Transportation         Connectivity between the University and the Town
VT                  Transportation         Implement enforcement Programs
VT                  Transportation         Implement raised medians
VT                  Transportation         Improve road conditions around the Luster Gate and Happy Hollow area.
VT                  Transportation         Make crosswalks neon green
VT                  Transportation         More bike lanes and bike education
VT                  Transportation         People run red lights often
VT                  Transportation         Put speed bumps on Washington St.
VT                  Transportation         Trails to connect key destination areas Countywide (shopping centers and parks)
VT                  Utilities              Education concerning trash pick up at the property management level
VT                  Utilities              Emphasize recycling town wide esp. in apartment complexes
VT                  Utilities              Trash Collection 2-3 times per week




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Community Conversation Results
Last Updated 05/17/2006

Meetings Conducted:                                             Topic Categories
AARP: Blacksburg Chapter of the AARP on 2/21/2006 and           Community Design (Planning, Land Use)
Blacksburg Citizen's Institute: 4/10/2006                       Community Facilities (Schools, New High School Stadium)
Blacksburg High School: 12th Grade Government Classes on        Economic Development (Downtown Area)
Blacksburg Middle School: 8th Grader Civic Class on 4/23/2006   Government Relations (Town with Residents, Students, VT, Christiansburg, Montgomery County, NRV)
Mt. Tabor Ruritan Club meeting on 2/2/2006                      Historic Preservation
VT: Town/Gown Community Relations Committee Meeting             Housing (Stock & Affordability Issue)
Community Conversation: Three general meetings open to the
public on 3/15/2006, 3/21/2006, 3/27/2006 at the Community      Human Services
                                                                Information Technology
                                                                Natural Environment
                                                                Neighborhood Planning
                                                                Parks & Recreation (Includes Greenways)
                                                                Public Safety (Speeding)
                                                                Transportation (Sidewalks)
                                                                Utilities (Water, Sewer, Trash, Recycling)


Meeting                             Topic                       Comment
AARP                                Community Design            Overflow parking from apartments
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Balance Urban and Rural
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Commercial areas are too separated
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Developments need sidewalks
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            House are too close together and too uniform
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Implement Design standards
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Keep Old Fashioned Lights
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Make decision on who actually does control zoning/development issues
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Too much Commercial Development
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Town needs more parking
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            Control Growth and do not limit sewer
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            Don't Like Alumni Center
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            Housing is too close to Commercial
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            Keep Small Town feel
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            less low residential- less sprawl
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            Like- College atmosphere
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            Like downtown area
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            Like- high/low-residential
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            Like the neighborhoods
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            More parking is needed downtown
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            Need trails for motorcycles
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            No tall buildings
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Design            Want more parking at the High school
Citizen's Institute                 Community Design            Charlottesville and the NE section of Greensboro are examples of quality development that the group would like to see
Citizen's Institute                 Community Design            Growth is necessary but must be controlled
Citizen's Institute                 Community Design            Hethwood-Stroubles Mill-type development seemed acceptable
Citizen's Institute                 Community Design            Need more boutique-type shops for neighborhood commercial and downtown
Citizen's Institute                 Community Design            No High rises
Citizen's Institute                 Community Design            Plan commercial developments with adequate entrances and exits
Citizen's Institute                 Community Design            Use Zoning and Future Land Use Map
Citizen's Institute                 Community Design            Use zoning to control growth.
Community Conversation 3.15.06      Community Design             Many contractors are unwilling to come back into Blacksburg

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Meeting                          Topic                  Comment
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design         Where is “the land” to be developed?
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Current development managed poorly
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Current development phase seems to be on high density - need to look at if that is what we want.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       How to attract developers to Town with restrictions and expenses associated with density requirements
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Land use policies not managed well – look at land use for prime future development
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Need to adjust zoning to provide most optimal space for development.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Need to conserve open space but find balance with development.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Scale-No bug box stores, churches, schools, etc.
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Design       Density concerns
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Design       More childcare providers
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Design       Use all land- Harding Ave. behind Windsor Hills
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design       incorporate curb and gutter
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design       Less buildings more open space
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design       Need small mixed use buildings
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design       Put sidewalks on both sides of the street
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design       "Work, Live, and Good Services"
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design       Church of GOD parking issues
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design       Don't grow in the community until services like schools, sewer, water, and roads are available
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design       Each development should pay for its own infrastructure costs; cash proffers
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design       Increase building setbacks to allow for future road widening/bus pullouts and line of sight
VT                               Community Design       Steep streets become a problem in inclement weather
AARP                             Community Facilities   How should Old Blacksburg Middle School property be utilized
AARP                             Community Facilities   What should be done with the existing Blacksburg High School if a new high school is constructed
AARP                             Community Facilities   What would the new football field be called?
Blacksburg High School           Community Facilities   Like- Schools
Blacksburg High School           Community Facilities   Renovate old facilities
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities   Better school lunches
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities   Need better Library
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities   Need Rehab Center
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities   Public Schools- How to deal with Growth
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities   Schools need better facilities and sports
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities   Turn Old Blacksburg Middle School into Sports Complex
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities   Want High School at Kipps Farm
Citizen's Institute              Community Facilities   Redevelop Middle School property with an affordable housing component
Citizen's Institute              Community Facilities   Set aside a portion of the Middle School property for Rescue Squad facility
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Facilities   More animal shelters
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Facilities   Perhaps turn old Middle School into cultural center
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Facilities   Like- Town services
Citizen's Institute              Econmic Development    Concern with building more retail space when much existing retail space is vacant
Citizen's Institute              Econmic Development    Desire to expand Town’s tax base through development
Citizen's Institute              Econmic Development    Desire to see redevelopment of S Main St and a reinvigoration of downtown
Citizen's Institute              Econmic Development    Plan for commercial development with a focus on traffic
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development   Close College Ave and make it a pedestrian Mall
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development   Expand Farmers Market
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development   Give incentives for small Businesses
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development   Kent Square is too expensive
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development   Lower rent Downtown
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development   Need an arts district
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development   Need local music
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development   Renovate Downtown
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development   Stores should stay open longer
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Bring back Record Exchange
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Encourage Growth Downtown


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Meeting                          Topic                  Comment
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Expand Blacksburg Ta Base
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Expand University Mall-Need better stores
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Fill empty space Downtown
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Like Ben& Jerry's
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Like- Bookstore
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Like- Carol Lee Doughnuts
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Like- Mexican restaurants
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Like- Mish Mish
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Like- Starbucks
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Like- The Lyric
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Like-greenhouse store
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   More locally owned shops
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   More Shops- Sporting Goods
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Stadium style movie theater
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Stop building-control growth
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Too much Construction
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want a Wal-Mart in Town
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want Cold Stone Creamery in Town
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want Convention Center
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want more music stores
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want more pet stores
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want Olive Garden and another Pizza Hut
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want Outdoor shops
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want science museum
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development   Downtown Urban Renewal
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development   Fill empty space Downtown
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development   Need DMV in Town
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development   Need more shops Downtown
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development   Redevelop S Main
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development   Want more shops in Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   Art district and the New Performing Arts Center
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   Commercial leaving the downtown area is not good for the Town of Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   Downtown Image
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   Kent Square seems to be disjoined from the rest of downtown
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   New Businesses to recruit
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   Spin off from CRC
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   The brick pavement downtown gives some elderly people the perception of uneven ground
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   What is Blacksburg's niche
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   What will keep VT students here after graduation?
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Businesses moving out
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Downtown is critical for a healthy Town
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Having parking in the rear to promote economic development
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Limit outdoors stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Limit Sub shops but some want better delis
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Limit thrift stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Nicer cosmetics stores, particularly Estee Lauder and Mac
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Tech Bookstore loses downtown feel by being setback so far from Main St.
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   There should be a stronger parallel with Christiansburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Upgrade buildings in Downtown
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want “inner courtyard areas” downtown, specifically College Ave. area
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want adult, not just student style clothing stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want an authorized Verizon dealer
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want bagel shop


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Meeting                          Topic                   Comment
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want computer stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want furniture stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want gift shop style, general store, “mom and pop”
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want more boutiques
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want more clothing and shoe stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Want more sushi bars
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    We are seeing restaurants go to Christiansburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    We need to bring in new revenue
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Department Stores are needed
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Downtown Revitalization
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Have bars w/o the restaurant
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Mecca or art center instead of shopping Downtown
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    More recreation is needed Downtown
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    More Restaurants in Town
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    More stores Downtown for basic necessities for all ages, I.e. drugstore
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Multicultural ambiance Downtown
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Review Town ordinances to help small businesses
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Small grocery store Downtown
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Town Promotion of Businesses for residents not just students
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Use what we have before making new
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Economic Development    Department Stores
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Economic Development    Like new businesses, feel that they fit well in atmosphere but still have modern feel
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Economic Development    More Restaurants
VT                               Economic Development    More shops in Blacksburg
AARP                             Government Relations    Address the impact of the Federal Government selling National Forest Lands in Montgomery County
Blacksburg High School           Government Relations    Town needs to make plans more public
Citizen's Institute              Government Relations    Concern over County development at Town’s borders
Citizen's Institute              Government Relations    Concern voiced regarding effect of comments from people in other parts of town having a greater impact than comments of neighboring property owners a
Citizen's Institute              Government Relations    Special interests have too much influence; look out for what’s best for the long-term interests of the Town, don’t just cater to a vocal constituency
Citizen's Institute              Government Relations    VT has too much say
Citizen's Institute              Government Relations    What is the reality of citizen input having an effect on the planning process?
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations    The Town needs to recognize the importance of the students and the tax revenues they produce
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations    Town needs to focus on their relationship with Christiansburg and Radford
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations    Town needs to rid itself of this “all students are bad” mentality.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations    University vs. Town concerning revenues
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Big Event is good for Town and VT relationship
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Citizen’s feel there is good cooperation between VT and Town
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Student participation w/ Town activities
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Students feel there could be better cooperation between VT and Town
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Students feel unwelcome from some citizens
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Want more student volunteering in community
AARP                             Historic Preservation   Historic Area/Site Preservation
Blacksburg High School           Historic Preservation   Keep Town high tech and preserve its history
Blacksburg Middle School         Historic Preservation   Like- architecture
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Budget Issues
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   College Ave. seems “run down”
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Don’t mind walking far too park if the walk is along downtown stores and has scenery
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Henderson Lawn is a nice area, perhaps blend campus to town better, perhaps brick sidewalk
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Maintenance
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   New constructions are not blending in with old neighborhoods
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Want to keep integrity of downtown, like Kent Square being close to street
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Want to save what we’ve got, may have lost historic homes on Roanoke St.
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Historic Preservation   Expand the historic district


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Meeting                          Topic                    Comment
AARP                             Housing                  Affordable Housing
Blacksburg High School           Housing                  Build more work force housing
Blacksburg High School           Housing                  Need affordable housing
Blacksburg Middle School         Housing                  Locate workforce housing on BT line
Blacksburg Middle School         Housing                  more retirement facilities
Citizen's Institute              Housing                  Coordinate affordable housing to BT routes
Citizen's Institute              Housing                  Define Affordable Housing
Citizen's Institute              Housing                  Inclement weather vs. wage workers
Citizen's Institute              Housing                  Promote workforce housing
Citizen's Institute              Housing                  Rename “affordable” housing to “workforce” or “low-cost” housing
Citizen's Institute              Housing                  Town needs to promote and facilitate affordable housing
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                   TUB engineering requirements make the cost of simple home repairs unaffordable.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                  Building standards (zoning, density, engineering standards) make housing in Blacksburg unaffordable
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                  Concerns about growth in extra territorial areas
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                  Need Work Force Housing
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                  Town and VT staff can't afford to live here
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                  Water and Sewer need to be made affordable and available to the TUB
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                  Would workers want to live here if they could?
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Affordable Housing- Location is important to lessening traffic and noise
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Affordable Housing should mirror public services
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Affordable to few graduates
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Concern over renters not maintaining houses and yards
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Don’t like cookie cutter houses and “McMansions”
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  How to improve rental housing quality
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Like housing separated from “college atmosphere”
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Like neighborhood feel of Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Like old fashioned style of Tom’s Creek Village and Shadow Lake
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Student Housing
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Students buying property would encourage pride in upkeep
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Want affordable duplexes or town homes
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Want more town-homes and rental houses
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                  Grants to help renovate existing housing for Affordable Housing
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                  Homeless issue when Lake Terrace closes
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                  More housing for Town staff
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                  More low income/workforce housing so you wok, live, and vote in Town
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                  More on-campus housing to lessen traffic in Town
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Housing                  Convert older buildings to affordable housing
VT                               Housing                  Rental Inspection Program
Blacksburg High School           Information Technology   Joint Wireless internet service for the Town and County
AARP                             Natural Environment      Air Pollution
Blacksburg High School           Natural Environment      Keep Trails in Hethwood
Blacksburg High School           Natural Environment      More open space
Blacksburg High School           Natural Environment      Wetland Issues
Blacksburg Middle School         Natural Environment      Like- the scenery
Blacksburg Middle School         Natural Environment      Want Cleaner Town
Blacksburg Middle School         Natural Environment      Want more wildlife-Zoo
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Natural Environment      Don’t want to lose field by Palmer Dr. to development
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Natural Environment      Cedar Run- green space & natural open space
Citizen's Institute              Neighborhood Planning    Group was split on neighborhood commercial development
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Neighborhood Planning    Keep Miller South Side neighborhood as is, like it a lot
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Neighborhood Planning    Connect neighborhoods for walkability
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Neighborhood Planning    Keep Small Town feel
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Neighborhood Planning    Want to make Blacksburg more attractive place for residents to live


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Meeting                          Topic                   Comment
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Neighborhood Planning   Neighborhood Preservation
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Neighborhood Planning   Woodbine and Wyatt Farms
AARP                             Parks & Recreation      Concern expressed about the maintenance of Heritage Park as a natural resource, for example where and how often to mow the grass
AARP                             Parks & Recreation      Different age groups use facilities so they all have different needs
AARP                             Parks & Recreation      If a new name has not yet been chosen, keeping the existing name, Bill Brown Field, was recommended
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Maintain the Duck Pond and Huckleberry Trail
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      More dance and gymnastics classes
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Need more Baseball fields
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Need more Parks
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Preserve old Parks
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Provide more spaces to gather
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Research other Towns and learn from them
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Teen Club
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Beaver Issues
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Bigger Skate Park
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Car Shows
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Develop Culture fair
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Improve Track & Field Facilities
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Kent Square should cater to teens
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Like- Parks
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Like- Recreation and Aquatic center
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Like- Tech Sports
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Like- Trails
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Like-Stepping Out
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      More Bike Paths
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      More teen attractions and recreation
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Need a big city feel-Amusement Park
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Need an ice skating rink
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Need more basketball ad tennis courts
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Need more recreation facilities- pools, courts, etc.
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Need more swimming pools
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      New Recreation Center with cleaner bathrooms
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Should work with local lakes for more recreation
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Want a kids bowling alley
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Want Botanical Garden
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Want football field at BBMS
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Want to be able to go fishing
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation      Regional facilities
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation      Safety
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation      Some would say we need an self sufficient 18 hole golf course
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation      There need to be more recreation facilities created for retired individuals
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation      There needs to be an outdoor aquatic center within the Town of Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation      There seems to be some interconnection between recreational facilities in Christiansburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Comparison made to Roanoke’s Market in the Square
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Competition for field time
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Concern about South Interchange Park use
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Like Steppin’ Out and International Fair
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Like street fairs
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Looking for large open spaces accessible by walking or bike riding
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      More fields for softball and soccer
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      More services for retirees, community, ad youth
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Not enough
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Pocket Parks near commercial areas


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Meeting                          Topic                Comment
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation   Want large rec-center as a cooperative between Blacksburg and VT
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation   Want more cultural activities such as speakers, concerts, programmed activities
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation   Want outdoor pool in Oak Lane
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation   Want outdoor swimming pool, perhaps with movable roof to make it indoor
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation   Was some concern over not knowing that some parks existed, perhaps an exposure/information issue
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation   Where to play if OBMS is developed
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation   Why pay to use Town fields
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation   Youth baseball fields
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Parks & Recreation   Dog Park
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Parks & Recreation   More Recreational Fields
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Parks & Recreation   Construct an ice skating rink
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Parks & Recreation   Fenced Dog Park with trees
AARP                             Public Safety        Ensure that street signs & house/building address numbers are visible to citizens and to emergency crews
Blacksburg High School           Public Safety        Crosswalks Downtown are not safe
Blacksburg High School           Public Safety        Not enough call boxes on campus, want more on huckleberry trail
Blacksburg High School           Public Safety        Poor snow removal at rental units
Blacksburg High School           Public Safety        Reduce some speed limits throughout Town
Blacksburg Middle School         Public Safety        Bus Stops are not safe
Blacksburg Middle School         Public Safety        Improve Police directing traffic at the Middle School
Blacksburg Middle School         Public Safety        Like- Police
Blacksburg Middle School         Public Safety        More supervision at Recreation Center
Blacksburg Middle School         Public Safety        Use OBMS as a rescue site
Citizen's Institute              Public Safety        Emergency Plans
Citizen's Institute              Public Safety        General concerns with emergency planning and public safety
Citizen's Institute              Public Safety        Not safe to bike
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety        More police to deal with student drinking and driving
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety        Set backs on Main Street make it hard for emergency vehicles to get through
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety        Want additional street lights on College Ave
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety        Want call boxes between campus and downtown maybe College Ave., but none in Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Public Safety        Reconfigure speed limits to slow traffic
VT                               Public Safety        Bad lighting Downtown; increase pedestrian safety
VT                               Public Safety        Bad lighting on Draper Rd. and Progress St.
VT                               Public Safety        Make Blacksburg laws similar to other larger jurisdictions
VT                               Public Safety        There is a speeding problem at apartment entrances
AARP                             Transportation        More sidewalks
AARP                             Transportation       Aviation
AARP                             Transportation       Bus service from Warm Hearth and Price’s Fork Area to Countywide destinations
AARP                             Transportation       Frontage roads along 460 Bypass to keep School buses off bypass
AARP                             Transportation       Increase building setbacks to allow construction of I-73
AARP                             Transportation       Route 114 Road Improvements
Blacksburg High School           Transportation       Congestion at Price's Fork and West Campus signal light
Blacksburg High School           Transportation       Expand the BT
Blacksburg High School           Transportation       Need more bikeways and trails
Blacksburg High School           Transportation       Need more stoplights
Blacksburg High School           Transportation       Why is Tom's Creek Interchange needed?
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation       Don't want Tom's Creek interchange
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation       Fix Back roads- pave/ repave
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation       Improve BT
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation       Improve roads to deal with Game Day traffic
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation       Improve traffic downtown
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation       Limit Tom's Creek Development
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation       Need better roads- we have potholes
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation       Want alternate roads


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Meeting                          Topic            Comment
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   Adding turning lanes could help alleviate congestion – ex. Lee and Washington
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   BT is a good service
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   Entire system could be overloaded
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   Graves Rd & Giles rd may need widening
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   How to move people through Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   Impact of rising gas prices
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   Many of the road markings around town need to be repainted because the are often deteriorated
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   New Routes to Christiansburg (BT)
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   Palmer Drive needs to be acknowledged as a major north south road
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   Piecemeal traffic light placement – could be designed better to allow more flow
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   Prices Fork is the only way out if you live in Foxridge area
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   There are no Crosswalks near Margaret Beeks Elementary School
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   There should be sidewalks on at least one side of all street
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   Timing of the lights is not always consistent
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation   Transit needs to be expanded
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Bike lanes are often in and out of traffic
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Bring into Downtown
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   BT- better advertising
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   BT- expand residential use in addition to that of student
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   BT- more routes at night
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   BT- relieve congestion
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Concern over traffic at Cook’s Clean Center
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Concerns about congestion
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Every street needs at least one sidewalk
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Expand BT
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Freshman should not be able to drive
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   How can we bypass Main street?
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Luster's gate bike trail never has people on it because it is not maintained
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Minimize car trips
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Sidewalks need to be part of new developments
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Some roads need to be widened ( Palmer and graves
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Street are made for driving – there are too many parked on the street
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   There needs to be a sidewalk for ½ mile around schools
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Transit should also focus on retirees
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   Upgrade buses, more bike paths, sidewalks and trails
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation   What are the potential traffic impacts on Price’s Fork Road of the new stadium
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   Adequate parking at S. Main
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   BT- For residents throughout the Town
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   BT- more service to the hospital
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   BT- Quicker Routes
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   BT- routes to Wal-Mart
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   Concerns about airport changes
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   Follow the Comp Plan to route traffic from South Main St. to South Gate Drive via a new road from Hubbard to Lane Stadium
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   How to work with VT BT?
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   Lights at 460 and Prices Fork needs improvement
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   Maintain old streets before new ones are built
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   More bikeways for recreation and commuters
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   More park & Ride services for commuters in out-laying counties
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   More streetlights
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   More traffic calming in N.E.
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   Move traffic N and S and not on Main St
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation   restrict VT students form driving cars
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation   Better bus service


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Meeting                          Topic            Comment
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation   Extended bus service to Giles Country and other surrounding areas
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation   Park & Ride Bus loops in and around Town
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation   Pedestrian access across intersection
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation   Pedestrian facilities planned ahead of construction
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation   Peppers Ferry Rd and 460 Business Interchange improvements (pedestrian)
VT                               Transportation   Add a sidewalk crossing at Price's Fork and Turner
VT                               Transportation   Add more sidewalks and bikeways at or around UCB, the Inn, and the University
VT                               Transportation   Add sidewalks town wide in or by crosswalks
VT                               Transportation   Connectivity between the University and the Town
VT                               Transportation   Implement enforcement Programs
VT                               Transportation   Implement raised medians
VT                               Transportation   Improve road conditions around the Luster Gate and Happy Hollow area.
VT                               Transportation   Make crosswalks neon green
VT                               Transportation   More bike lanes and bike education
VT                               Transportation   People run red lights often
VT                               Transportation   Put speed bumps on Washington St.
VT                               Transportation   Trails to connect key destination areas Countywide (shopping centers and parks)
AARP                             Utilities        Waste Management in Hethwood
Blacksburg High School           Utilities        Lack of education concerning "blue bins"
Blacksburg High School           Utilities        Public sewer service in Tom’s Creek & Price’s Fork areas
                                                  Not installing sewer lines to control growth is a bad idea. Town committed to installing sewer in Tom’s Creek basin and people that live there
Citizen's Institute              Utilities        deserve it.
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Utilities        Public Sewer service
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Utilities        Trash truck's littering their routes
VT                               Utilities        Education concerning trash pick up at the property management level
VT                               Utilities        Emphasize recycling town wide esp. in apartment complexes
VT                               Utilities        Trash Collection 2-3 times per week




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Community Conversation Results
Last Updated 05/17/2006

Meetings Conducted:                                             Topic Categories
AARP: Blacksburg Chapter of the AARP on 2/21/2006 and           Community Design (Planning, Land Use)
Blacksburg Citizen's Institute: 4/10/2006                       Community Facilities (Schools, New High School Stadium)
Blacksburg High School: 12th Grade Government Classes on        Economic Development (Downtown Area)
Blacksburg Middle School: 8th Grader Civic Class on 4/23/2006   Government Relations (Town with Residents, Students, VT, Christiansburg, Montgomery County, NRV)
Mt. Tabor Ruritan Club meeting on 2/2/2006                      Historic Preservation
VT: Town/Gown Community Relations Committee Meeting             Housing (Stock & Affordability Issue)
Community Conversation: Three general meetings open to the
public on 3/15/2006, 3/21/2006, 3/27/2006 at the Community      Human Services
                                                                Information Technology
                                                                Natural Environment
                                                                Neighborhood Planning
                                                                Parks & Recreation (Includes Greenways)
                                                                Public Safety (Speeding)
                                                                Transportation (Sidewalks)
                                                                Utilities (Water, Sewer, Trash, Recycling)


Meeting                             Topic                       Comment
VT                                  Transportation              Add a sidewalk crossing at Price's Fork and Turner
VT                                  Transportation              Add more sidewalks and bikeways at or around UCB, the Inn, and the University
VT                                  Transportation              Add sidewalks town wide in or by crosswalks
Community Conversation 3.15.06      Transportation              Adding turning lanes could help alleviate congestion – ex. Lee and Washington
AARP                                Government Relations        Address the impact of the Federal Government selling National Forest Lands in Montgomery County
Community Conversation 3.27.06      Transportation              Adequate parking at S. Main
AARP                                Housing                     Affordable Housing
Community Conversation 3.21.06      Housing                     Affordable Housing- Location is important to lessening traffic and noise
Community Conversation 3.21.06      Housing                     Affordable Housing should mirror public services
Community Conversation 3.21.06      Housing                     Affordable to few graduates
AARP                                Natural Environment         Air Pollution
Community Conversation 3.15.06      Economic Development        Art district and the New Performing Arts Center
AARP                                Transportation              Aviation
VT                                  Public Safety               Bad lighting Downtown; increase pedestrian safety
VT                                  Public Safety               Bad lighting on Draper Rd. and Progress St.
Blacksburg High School              Community Design            Balance Urban and Rural
Blacksburg Middle School            Parks & Recreation          Beaver Issues
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                   Transportation              Better bus service
Blacksburg Middle School            Community Facilities        Better school lunches
Community Conversation 3.21.06      Government Relations        Big Event is good for Town and VT relationship
Blacksburg Middle School            Parks & Recreation          Bigger Skate Park
Community Conversation 3.21.06      Transportation              Bike lanes are often in and out of traffic
Blacksburg Middle School            Economic Development        Bring back Record Exchange
Community Conversation 3.21.06      Transportation              Bring into Downtown
Community Conversation 3.21.06      Transportation              BT- better advertising
Community Conversation 3.21.06      Transportation              BT- expand residential use in addition to that of student
Community Conversation 3.27.06      Transportation              BT- For residents throughout the Town
Community Conversation 3.15.06      Transportation              BT is a good service
Community Conversation 3.21.06      Transportation              BT- more routes at night
Community Conversation 3.27.06      Transportation              BT- more service to the hospital
Community Conversation 3.27.06      Transportation              BT- Quicker Routes
Community Conversation 3.21.06      Transportation              BT- relieve congestion

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Meeting                          Topic                   Comment
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          BT- routes to Wal-Mart
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Budget Issues
Blacksburg High School           Housing                 Build more work force housing
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                 Building standards (zoning, density, engineering standards) make housing in Blacksburg unaffordable
AARP                             Transportation          Bus service from Warm Hearth and Price’s Fork Area to Countywide destinations
Blacksburg Middle School         Public Safety           Bus Stops are not safe
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Businesses moving out
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Car Shows
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Natural Environment     Cedar Run- green space & natural open space
Citizen's Institute              Community Design        Charlottesville and the NE section of Greensboro are examples of quality development that the group would like to see
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design        Church of GOD parking issues
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations    Citizen’s feel there is good cooperation between VT and Town
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development    Close College Ave and make it a pedestrian Mall
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   College Ave. seems “run down”
Blacksburg High School           Community Design        Commercial areas are too separated
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development    Commercial leaving the downtown area is not good for the Town of Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Comparison made to Roanoke’s Market in the Square
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Competition for field time
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Concern about South Interchange Park use
AARP                             Parks & Recreation      Concern expressed about the maintenance of Heritage Park as a natural resource, for example where and how often to mow the grass
Citizen's Institute              Government Relations    Concern over County development at Town’s borders
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Concern over renters not maintaining houses and yards
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Concern over traffic at Cook’s Clean Center
Citizen's Institute              Government Relations    Concern voiced regarding effect of comments from people in other parts of town having a greater impact than comments of neighboring property owners a
Citizen's Institute              Econmic Development     Concern with building more retail space when much existing retail space is vacant
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          Concerns about airport changes
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Concerns about congestion
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                 Concerns about growth in extra territorial areas
Blacksburg High School           Transportation          Congestion at Price's Fork and West Campus signal light
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Neighborhood Planning   Connect neighborhoods for walkability
VT                               Transportation          Connectivity between the University and the Town
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Parks & Recreation      Construct an ice skating rink
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design        Control Growth and do not limit sewer
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Housing                 Convert older buildings to affordable housing
Citizen's Institute              Housing                 Coordinate affordable housing to BT routes
Blacksburg High School           Public Safety           Crosswalks Downtown are not safe
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design        Current development managed poorly
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design        Current development phase seems to be on high density - need to look at if that is what we want.
Citizen's Institute              Housing                 Define Affordable Housing
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Design        Density concerns
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Economic Development    Department Stores
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Department Stores are needed
Citizen's Institute              Econmic Development     Desire to expand Town’s tax base through development
Citizen's Institute              Econmic Development     Desire to see redevelopment of S Main St and a reinvigoration of downtown
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Develop Culture fair
Blacksburg High School           Community Design        Developments need sidewalks
AARP                             Parks & Recreation      Different age groups use facilities so they all have different needs
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Parks & Recreation      Dog Park
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 Don’t like cookie cutter houses and “McMansions”
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Don’t mind walking far too park if the walk is along downtown stores and has scenery
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Natural Environment     Don’t want to lose field by Palmer Dr. to development
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design        Don't grow in the community until services like schools, sewer, water, and roads are available
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design        Don't Like Alumni Center


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Meeting                          Topic                   Comment
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation          Don't want Tom's Creek interchange
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development    Downtown Image
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Downtown is critical for a healthy Town
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Downtown Revitalization
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development    Downtown Urban Renewal
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design        Each development should pay for its own infrastructure costs; cash proffers
VT                               Utilities               Education concerning trash pick up at the property management level
Citizen's Institute              Public Safety           Emergency Plans
VT                               Utilities               Emphasize recycling town wide esp. in apartment complexes
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development    Encourage Growth Downtown
AARP                             Public Safety           Ensure that street signs & house/building address numbers are visible to citizens and to emergency crews
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation          Entire system could be overloaded
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Every street needs at least one sidewalk
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development    Expand Blacksburg Ta Base
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Expand BT
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development    Expand Farmers Market
Blacksburg High School           Transportation          Expand the BT
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Historic Preservation   Expand the historic district
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development    Expand University Mall-Need better stores
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation          Extended bus service to Giles Country and other surrounding areas
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Parks & Recreation      Fenced Dog Park with trees
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development    Fill empty space Downtown
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development    Fill empty space Downtown
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation          Fix Back roads- pave/ repave
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          Follow the Comp Plan to route traffic from South Main St. to South Gate Drive via a new road from Hubbard to Lane Stadium
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Freshman should not be able to drive
AARP                             Transportation          Frontage roads along 460 Bypass to keep School buses off bypass
Citizen's Institute              Public Safety           General concerns with emergency planning and public safety
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development    Give incentives for small Businesses
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                 Grants to help renovate existing housing for Affordable Housing
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation          Graves Rd & Giles rd may need widening
Citizen's Institute              Neighborhood Planning   Group was split on neighborhood commercial development
Citizen's Institute              Community Design        Growth is necessary but must be controlled
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Have bars w/o the restaurant
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Having parking in the rear to promote economic development
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Henderson Lawn is a nice area, perhaps blend campus to town better, perhaps brick sidewalk
Citizen's Institute              Community Design        Hethwood-Stroubles Mill-type development seemed acceptable
AARP                             Historic Preservation   Historic Area/Site Preservation
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                 Homeless issue when Lake Terrace closes
Blacksburg High School           Community Design        House are too close together and too uniform
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design        Housing is too close to Commercial
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          How can we bypass Main street?
AARP                             Community Facilities    How should Old Blacksburg Middle School property be utilized
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design        How to attract developers to Town with restrictions and expenses associated with density requirements
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                 How to improve rental housing quality
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation          How to move people through Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          How to work with VT BT?
AARP                             Parks & Recreation      If a new name has not yet been chosen, keeping the existing name, Bill Brown Field, was recommended
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation          Impact of rising gas prices
Blacksburg High School           Community Design        Implement Design standards
VT                               Transportation          Implement enforcement Programs
VT                               Transportation          Implement raised medians
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation          Improve BT


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Meeting                          Topic                    Comment
Blacksburg Middle School         Public Safety            Improve Police directing traffic at the Middle School
VT                               Transportation           Improve road conditions around the Luster Gate and Happy Hollow area.
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation           Improve roads to deal with Game Day traffic
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation       Improve Track & Field Facilities
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation           Improve traffic downtown
Citizen's Institute              Housing                  Inclement weather vs. wage workers
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design         incorporate curb and gutter
AARP                             Transportation           Increase building setbacks to allow construction of I-73
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design         Increase building setbacks to allow for future road widening/bus pullouts and line of sight
Blacksburg High School           Information Technology   Joint Wireless internet service for the Town and County
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Neighborhood Planning    Keep Miller South Side neighborhood as is, like it a lot
Blacksburg High School           Community Design         Keep Old Fashioned Lights
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design         Keep Small Town feel
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Neighborhood Planning    Keep Small Town feel
Blacksburg High School           Historic Preservation    Keep Town high tech and preserve its history
Blacksburg High School           Natural Environment      Keep Trails in Hethwood
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development     Kent Square is too expensive
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development     Kent Square seems to be disjoined from the rest of downtown
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation       Kent Square should cater to teens
Blacksburg High School           Utilities                Lack of education concerning "blue bins"
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design         Land use policies not managed well – look at land use for prime future development
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design         Less buildings more open space
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design         less low residential- less sprawl
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation           Lights at 460 and Prices Fork needs improvement
Blacksburg Middle School         Historic Preservation    Like- architecture
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development     Like Ben& Jerry's
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development     Like- Bookstore
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development     Like- Carol Lee Doughnuts
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design         Like- College atmosphere
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design         Like downtown area
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design         Like- high/low-residential
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Like housing separated from “college atmosphere”
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development     Like- Mexican restaurants
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development     Like- Mish Mish
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Like neighborhood feel of Blacksburg
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Economic Development     Like new businesses, feel that they fit well in atmosphere but still have modern feel
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                  Like old fashioned style of Tom’s Creek Village and Shadow Lake
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation       Like- Parks
Blacksburg Middle School         Public Safety            Like- Police
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation       Like- Recreation and Aquatic center
Blacksburg High School           Community Facilities     Like- Schools
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development     Like- Starbucks
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation       Like Steppin’ Out and International Fair
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation       Like street fairs
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation       Like- Tech Sports
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development     Like- The Lyric
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design         Like the neighborhoods
Blacksburg Middle School         Natural Environment      Like- the scenery
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Facilities     Like- Town services
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation       Like- Trails
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development     Like-greenhouse store
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation       Like-Stepping Out
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development     Limit outdoors stores


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Meeting                          Topic                   Comment
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Limit Sub shops but some want better delis
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Limit thrift stores
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation          Limit Tom's Creek Development
Blacksburg Middle School         Housing                 Locate workforce housing on BT line
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Looking for large open spaces accessible by walking or bike riding
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development    Lower rent Downtown
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Luster's gate bike trail never has people on it because it is not maintained
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          Maintain old streets before new ones are built
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Maintain the Duck Pond and Huckleberry Trail
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Maintenance
VT                               Public Safety           Make Blacksburg laws similar to other larger jurisdictions
VT                               Transportation          Make crosswalks neon green
Blacksburg High School           Community Design        Make decision on who actually does control zoning/development issues
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design        Many contractors are unwilling to come back into Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation          Many of the road markings around town need to be repainted because the are often deteriorated
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Mecca or art center instead of shopping Downtown
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          Minimize car trips
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Facilities    More animal shelters
VT                               Transportation          More bike lanes and bike education
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      More Bike Paths
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          More bikeways for recreation and commuters
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Design        More childcare providers
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      More dance and gymnastics classes
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      More fields for softball and soccer
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                 More housing for Town staff
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development    More locally owned shops
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                 More low income/workforce housing so you wok, live, and vote in Town
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Housing                 More on-campus housing to lessen traffic in Town
Blacksburg High School           Natural Environment     More open space
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          More park & Ride services for commuters in out-laying counties
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design        More parking is needed downtown
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety           More police to deal with student drinking and driving
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    More recreation is needed Downtown
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Parks & Recreation      More Recreational Fields
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Economic Development    More Restaurants
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    More Restaurants in Town
Blacksburg Middle School         Housing                 more retirement facilities
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      More services for retirees, community, ad youth
VT                               Economic Development    More shops in Blacksburg
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development    More Shops- Sporting Goods
AARP                             Transportation          More sidewalks
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    More stores Downtown for basic necessities for all ages, I.e. drugstore
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          More streetlights
Blacksburg Middle School         Public Safety           More supervision at Recreation Center
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      More teen attractions and recreation
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          More traffic calming in N.E.
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation          Move traffic N and S and not on Main St
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development    Multicultural ambiance Downtown
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Need a big city feel-Amusement Park
Blacksburg High School           Housing                 Need affordable housing
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development    Need an arts district
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Need an ice skating rink
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities    Need better Library


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Meeting                          Topic                   Comment
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation          Need better roads- we have potholes
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development    Need DMV in Town
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development    Need local music
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Need more Baseball fields
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Need more basketball ad tennis courts
Blacksburg High School           Transportation          Need more bikeways and trails
Citizen's Institute              Community Design        Need more boutique-type shops for neighborhood commercial and downtown
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Need more Parks
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Need more recreation facilities- pools, courts, etc.
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development    Need more shops Downtown
Blacksburg High School           Transportation          Need more stoplights
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Need more swimming pools
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities    Need Rehab Center
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design        Need small mixed use buildings
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design        Need to adjust zoning to provide most optimal space for development.
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design        Need to conserve open space but find balance with development.
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design        Need trails for motorcycles
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                 Need Work Force Housing
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Neighborhood Planning   Neighborhood Preservation
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development    New Businesses to recruit
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   New constructions are not blending in with old neighborhoods
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      New Recreation Center with cleaner bathrooms
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation          New Routes to Christiansburg (BT)
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    Nicer cosmetics stores, particularly Estee Lauder and Mac
Citizen's Institute              Community Design        No High rises
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design        No tall buildings
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Not enough
Blacksburg High School           Public Safety           Not enough call boxes on campus, want more on huckleberry trail
Citizen's Institute              Utilities               Not installing sewer lines to control growth is a bad idea. Town committed to installing sewer in Tom’s Creek basin and people that live there deserve it.
Citizen's Institute              Public Safety           Not safe to bike
AARP                             Community Design        Overflow parking from apartments
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation          Palmer Drive needs to be acknowledged as a major north south road
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation          Park & Ride Bus loops in and around Town
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation          Pedestrian access across intersection
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation          Pedestrian facilities planned ahead of construction
VT                               Transportation          People run red lights often
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Transportation          Peppers Ferry Rd and 460 Business Interchange improvements (pedestrian)
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Facilities    Perhaps turn old Middle School into cultural center
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation          Piecemeal traffic light placement – could be designed better to allow more flow
Citizen's Institute              Community Design        Plan commercial developments with adequate entrances and exits
Citizen's Institute              Econmic Development     Plan for commercial development with a focus on traffic
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Pocket Parks near commercial areas
Blacksburg High School           Public Safety           Poor snow removal at rental units
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Preserve old Parks
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation          Prices Fork is the only way out if you live in Foxridge area
Citizen's Institute              Housing                 Promote workforce housing
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation      Provide more spaces to gather
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities    Public Schools- How to deal with Growth
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Utilities               Public Sewer service
Blacksburg High School           Utilities               Public sewer service in Tom’s Creek & Price’s Fork areas
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Community Design        Put sidewalks on both sides of the street
VT                               Transportation          Put speed bumps on Washington St.
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Public Safety           Reconfigure speed limits to slow traffic


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Meeting                          Topic                  Comment
Citizen's Institute              Community Facilities   Redevelop Middle School property with an affordable housing component
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development   Redevelop S Main
Blacksburg High School           Public Safety          Reduce some speed limits throughout Town
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     Regional facilities
Citizen's Institute              Housing                Rename “affordable” housing to “workforce” or “low-cost” housing
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development   Renovate Downtown
Blacksburg High School           Community Facilities   Renovate old facilities
VT                               Housing                Rental Inspection Program
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation     Research other Towns and learn from them
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Transportation         restrict VT students form driving cars
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development   Review Town ordinances to help small businesses
AARP                             Transportation         Route 114 Road Improvements
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     Safety
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design       Scale-No bug box stores, churches, schools, etc.
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities   Schools need better facilities and sports
Citizen's Institute              Community Facilities   Set aside a portion of the Middle School property for Rescue Squad facility
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety          Set backs on Main Street make it hard for emergency vehicles to get through
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation     Should work with local lakes for more recreation
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation         Sidewalks need to be part of new developments
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development   Small grocery store Downtown
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation         Some roads need to be widened ( Palmer and graves
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     Some would say we need an self sufficient 18 hole golf course
Citizen's Institute              Government Relations   Special interests have too much influence; look out for what’s best for the long-term interests of the Town, don’t just cater to a vocal constituency
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   Spin off from CRC
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Stadium style movie theater
VT                               Community Design       Steep streets become a problem in inclement weather
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Stop building-control growth
Blacksburg High School           Economic Development   Stores should stay open longer
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation         Street are made for driving – there are too many parked on the street
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                Student Housing
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations   Student participation w/ Town activities
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                Students buying property would encourage pride in upkeep
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations   Students feel there could be better cooperation between VT and Town
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations   Students feel unwelcome from some citizens
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Tech Bookstore loses downtown feel by being setback so far from Main St.
Blacksburg High School           Parks & Recreation     Teen Club
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development   The brick pavement downtown gives some elderly people the perception of uneven ground
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations   The Town needs to recognize the importance of the students and the tax revenues they produce
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         There are no Crosswalks near Margaret Beeks Elementary School
VT                               Public Safety          There is a speeding problem at apartment entrances
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     There need to be more recreation facilities created for retired individuals
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation         There needs to be a sidewalk for ½ mile around schools
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     There needs to be an outdoor aquatic center within the Town of Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Parks & Recreation     There seems to be some interconnection between recreational facilities in Christiansburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   There should be a stronger parallel with Christiansburg
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         There should be sidewalks on at least one side of all street
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Timing of the lights is not always consistent
Blacksburg High School           Community Design       Too much Commercial Development
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Too much Construction
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                Town and VT staff can't afford to live here
Blacksburg High School           Community Design       Town needs more parking
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations   Town needs to focus on their relationship with Christiansburg and Radford
Blacksburg High School           Government Relations   Town needs to make plans more public


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Meeting                          Topic                  Comment
Citizen's Institute              Housing                Town needs to promote and facilitate affordable housing
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations   Town needs to rid itself of this “all students are bad” mentality.
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development   Town Promotion of Businesses for residents not just students
VT                               Transportation         Trails to connect key destination areas Countywide (shopping centers and parks)
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Transportation         Transit needs to be expanded
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation         Transit should also focus on retirees
VT                               Utilities              Trash Collection 2-3 times per week
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Utilities              Trash truck's littering their routes
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                TUB engineering requirements make the cost of simple home repairs unaffordable.
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities   Turn Old Blacksburg Middle School into Sports Complex
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Government Relations   University vs. Town concerning revenues
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Upgrade buildings in Downtown
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation         Upgrade buses, more bike paths, sidewalks and trails
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Community Design       Use all land- Harding Ave. behind Windsor Hills
Blacksburg Middle School         Public Safety          Use OBMS as a rescue site
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Economic Development   Use what we have before making new
Citizen's Institute              Community Design       Use Zoning and Future Land Use Map
Citizen's Institute              Community Design       Use zoning to control growth.
Citizen's Institute              Government Relations   VT has too much say
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want “inner courtyard areas” downtown, specifically College Ave. area
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation     Want a kids bowling alley
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want a Wal-Mart in Town
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety          Want additional street lights on College Ave
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want adult, not just student style clothing stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                Want affordable duplexes or town homes
Blacksburg Middle School         Transportation         Want alternate roads
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want an authorized Verizon dealer
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want bagel shop
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation     Want Botanical Garden
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Public Safety          Want call boxes between campus and downtown maybe College Ave., but none in Blacksburg
Blacksburg Middle School         Natural Environment    Want Cleaner Town
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want Cold Stone Creamery in Town
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want computer stores
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want Convention Center
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation     Want football field at BBMS
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want furniture stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want gift shop style, general store, “mom and pop”
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Facilities   Want High School at Kipps Farm
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation     Want large rec-center as a cooperative between Blacksburg and VT
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want more boutiques
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want more clothing and shoe stores
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation     Want more cultural activities such as speakers, concerts, programmed activities
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want more music stores
Blacksburg Middle School         Community Design       Want more parking at the High school
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want more pet stores
Citizen's Institute              Economic Development   Want more shops in Blacksburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Government Relations   Want more student volunteering in community
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development   Want more sushi bars
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Housing                Want more town-homes and rental houses
Blacksburg Middle School         Natural Environment    Want more wildlife-Zoo
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want Olive Garden and another Pizza Hut
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation     Want outdoor pool in Oak Lane
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development   Want Outdoor shops


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Meeting                          Topic                   Comment
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Want outdoor swimming pool, perhaps with movable roof to make it indoor
Blacksburg Middle School         Economic Development    Want science museum
Blacksburg Middle School         Parks & Recreation      Want to be able to go fishing
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Want to keep integrity of downtown, like Kent Square being close to street
Community Conversation 3.27.06   Neighborhood Planning   Want to make Blacksburg more attractive place for residents to live
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Historic Preservation   Want to save what we’ve got, may have lost historic homes on Roanoke St.
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Was some concern over not knowing that some parks existed, perhaps an exposure/information issue
AARP                             Utilities               Waste Management in Hethwood
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                 Water and Sewer need to be made affordable and available to the TUB
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    We are seeing restaurants go to Christiansburg
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Economic Development    We need to bring in new revenue
Blacksburg High School           Natural Environment     Wetland Issues
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Transportation          What are the potential traffic impacts on Price’s Fork Road of the new stadium
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development    What is Blacksburg's niche
Citizen's Institute              Government Relations    What is the reality of citizen input having an effect on the planning process?
AARP                             Community Facilities    What should be done with the existing Blacksburg High School if a new high school is constructed
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Economic Development    What will keep VT students here after graduation?
AARP                             Community Facilities    What would the new football field be called?
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Community Design        Where is “the land” to be developed?
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Where to play if OBMS is developed
Blacksburg High School           Transportation          Why is Tom's Creek Interchange needed?
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Why pay to use Town fields
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Neighborhood Planning   Woodbine and Wyatt Farms
Mt. Tabor Ruritan                Community Design        Work, Live, and Good Services"
Community Conversation 3.15.06   Housing                 Would workers want to live here if they could?
Community Conversation 3.21.06   Parks & Recreation      Youth baseball fields




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