Amend the Evans Spring commercial development plan

Protect Evans Spring from Urban Development

Ask the Roanoke City Council:

Amend the Evans Spring commercial development plan to the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

The revised Evans Spring Plan didn't include this important disclaimer that was in the 2013 Evans Spring Development Plan warning potential developers about the wetlands:

"A detailed master plan will ultimately be needed before development begins and will likely be required when the property is rezoned. Development around Lick Run and the former Fairland Lake site will entail an extensive review process. This is due to the existence of the flood plain and wetlands on the land. The state and federal agencies involved in this process include:
  • The Army Corps of Engineers
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
  • The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Much of the site analysis and engineering will take place while working through this process. The City will not approve a development plan until all required state and federal permits are secured."

Evans Spring currently provides critical ecosystem services that protects public health from extreme urban heat as well as protecting homes and property against flooding which is why probably much of it is protected by state and federal laws.

Protect developers by being transparent about the presence of wetlands in the Evans Spring area by amending the revised plan or rejecting it.

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