Strategic Goals

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The Blacksburg Town Council establishes strategic goals to help focus the council and staff on current issues of community interest and guide the town’s work plan. Blacksburg is prized for its natural beauty, small town charm and the quality of life afforded by a 21st century town-gown community. It is critical to keep these qualities in mind as our town continues to grow and develop. A successful and sustainable town must have a thriving business community and a beautiful, healthy environment with safe and enriching neighborhoods. For our town to retain these qualities and build upon these attributes, the following strategic goals have been identified by the Blacksburg Town Council in 2016.

2016-2017 Town Council Strategic Goals - Adopted April 12, 2016

Proactively plan for Virginia Tech’s announced growth in enrollment

  • Plan for redevelopment of existing student housing 
  • Develop a vision for neighborhoods close to Downtown 
  • Plan for the impacts of growth to maintain neighborhood quality of life

Determine the future of the Old Blacksburg Middle School and Old Blacksburg High School properties

  • Purchase the old Blacksburg High School property for future recreational use 
  • Work with the future owners of the old Blacksburg Middle School property to develop a plan that reflects the stated design principles adopted by Town Council including public and park spaces

Update the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance to reflect a changing community

  • Complete the Comprehensive Plan five year update and make the document easy to use 
  • Identify and implement zoning ordinance changes consistent with the plan’s vision for the community

Plan for additional downtown parking and future redevelopment 

  • Develop a Master Plan for the general area around the Progress Street Parking Lot 
  • Proactively work with the Baptist church on the redevelopment of its property 
  • Sell the former Cook’s Clean Center property for downtown commercial use or redevelopment 
  • Support the development of professional housing in downtown

Expand recreational opportunities

  • Begin construction on the Mountain Bike Skills Park
  • Complete the trail connection between the Huckleberry Trail and Heritage Park 
  • Construct athletic fields and parking at South Point Park 
  • Purchase the old Blacksburg High School Property for future recreational use

Facilitate private sector provision of competitive broadband internet service

  • Clearly define the town’s role in facilitating affordable broadband 
  • Attract a competitive broadband provider(s)

Continuing Community Values

Environmental Sustainability
- Continue the town’s environmental sustainability efforts and steps to implement the town’s Climate Action Plan.

Neighborhood Quality - Continue the ongoing focus on code enforcement activities in key neighborhoods to address negative impacts of rental properties. Continue to look for and use all tools available to the town for effective neighborhood code enforcement.

Affordable Housing - Continue to support the development of affordable housing in Blacksburg and the surrounding region.

Regional Cooperation - Continue positive relationships with Virginia Tech and neighboring communities in the New River Valley. Work to build closer working relationships with the Roanoke Valley and communities in Southwest Virginia.