A group of students under the direction of Professor Diane Zahm in Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program, is working on a Visual Preference Survey for the Town of Fincastle. After going through and looking at the current development and existing buildings in Town, the students developed a listing of lot features, existing lot configurations, building types and other structural features. This listing was used to create the Visual Preference Survey. The survey lists features such as lot sizes, lot density, building positioning, parking, landscaping, lighting, signage and specific building and architectural features.
On Tuesday, April 3rd, the Fincastle Planning Commission will be holding a public meeting to discuss, take input from citizens and work on the survey compiled by the students. At the meeting, the Commission, members of Town Council and other citizens will have the opportunity to rank the features in order of importance and preference. The students will then compile the information. This would result in data that could be used to draft specific design guidelines for improvements to existing structures and future development, possibly incorporated into the existing or a new Zoning Ordinance and subdivision standards.
Summation: A community-based visioning technique will be forming a consensus for the future building environment of historic Fincastle, Virginia.
Follow-up session date and location to be announced.
Results will be shared with the public and applied directly for the revision and creation of appropriate regulation for implementation.
The visual survey will be complemented by a written community survey.
LOCATION: Fincastle Library, in the Meeting Room
Conducted by undergraduate students of the Urban Affairs and Planning Department at Virginia Tech.
Submitted by David R Tickner, AICP, Fincastle Town Manager