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Lynchburg is planning positive change

Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

Metro/Moore County Lynchburg has begun the process of planning for the future. It is fun to dream about the future but the hard work is the necessary factfacing, in depth look at the city. That means identifying shortcomings, and weaknesses as well as strengths and opportunities. Community leaders are taking steps to create a “road map” for future development of the downtown area of Lynchburg. There are many successful communities throughout the nation that have revitalized their d o w n t o w n . There are great examples less than 15 miles from Lynchburg. The rejuvenation of town squares in Winchester, Manchester and Fayetteville all have a couple of things in common. The first ingredient was a vision and strategic plan that provided direction to ensure desirable, orderly development. The second ingredient was the willingness of the community to hold their leaders accountable to carry forth with the plan. What kind of community will Lynchburg be in 10, 20 even 50 years depends greatly on the vision that citizens, business owners and community leaders plan for now. What kinds of retail, entertainment, attractions, and restaurants does Lynchburg want? Where should future roads be located? Where do sidewalks need to be located? Develop a greenway along Mulberry Creek? How about high speed internet? Locating the power lines in the square underground? These questions and a thousand more like them need to be addressed. The need to create a longterm master plan for future projects seems a simple, common sense approach to development. However, it is much easier said than done. It will require a yeomen’s effort. Gathering the data to produce a comprehensive plan requires input from everyone aff ected. The first Public Lynchburg Master Plan Workshop has been held. It was the first step in Moore County’s work to create and shape the master plan for downtown Lynchburg. Attendees to discuss their suggestions discussed how best to improve Lynchburg. There will be several other opportunities for this type of public forum. But there’s no need to wait until the next public event. The committee, chaired by Dudley Tipps, welcomes your input at any time. For more information the downtown master plan, please call Dudley at 931- 759-7429 or email