March 13, 2014
Residents met with members of the Historic Staunton Foundation on Friday to hash out ways to influence the city's 2020 Transportation Plan. It turns out, there are a lot of projects in that plan that citizens just do not think are necessary - such as the widening of some neighborhood roads like Hampton, Bridge, and Edgewood. Many in attendance wondered, 'What's the point?'
Frank Strassler, Director of the Historic Staunton Foundation, noted, "Most people that have looked at the plan, as well as City Council, have said, 'Huh, why are those listed as being four lane roads?' It doesn't really make sense for those neighborhood streets to become four lane roads."
The meeting was meant to spark a separate group to form and review Staunton's 2020 Plan and help the city outline a plan favorable for neighborhoods.
Strassler was impressed with the diversity of the turnout and explained what was needed. "A variety of prominent neighborhoods, in Staunton - representatives from each - that are all willing to come together and create a plan that really reflects our community," said Strassler.
The next step is for the new group to come up with plans to present to City Council.