The Town of Fincastle is the county seat of Botetourt.
Fincastle town manager Dave Tickner sent this vision statement that has been up for public review since September. “People don’t realize that each of us, even if we don’t live in Fincastle, have an interest in what happens here.” Fincastle is the County seat and it also is a historic town that adds tourism dollars to the county
Town Council has been working on adopting a vision and mission statement to help set a direction for the Town, and to create a set of ideals and goals that will serve as a stabilizing framework in times of decision-making and change.
Before officially adopting the results of its work, Council is inviting public comment on the proposed vision, mission, and major goals. The purpose of this document is to explain the ideas Council is considering.
Preserving the past and embracing the future.
What that means:
• Fincastle’s unique historical character is one of its signature aspects. This is true not only in terms of the town’s architectural composition, but also with the community of people who live here.
• In order to continue to have a thriving citizenry, Fincastle needs to change without losing its identity as a historical treasure.
To preserve, enhance and promote the unique identity of the community.
What that means:
• Fincastle is interesting, different, and one-of-a-kind in our region. The mission points to taking care of that character, making improvements as necessary, and sharing our efforts with each other and the greater community.
3. The 6 Major Goals
i. Foster a friendly community
This means growing community assets and building community, both in the Town and with our surrounding neighbors. Initiatives include objectives like improving the sidewalks and creating and supporting Town events.
ii. Encourage economic vitality
This means creating an environment that small business owners want to be a part of, and attracting businesses that townspeople want to support. Initiatives include objectives like creating a building use and reuse plan, and improving Town communication with existing businesses by creating a directory and a media kit.
iii. Design for planned growth
This means taking charge of our future so that our growth is commensurate with our citizens’ needs and the Town’s ability to meet those needs. Initiatives include objectives like modifying and updating Town ordinances and promoting Springwood Road Extension.
iv. Support community-wide cooperation
This means being a vital partner in a vibrant community, and increasing our capacity to positively contribute to our region’s health and prosperity. Initiatives include objectives like working with various civic groups and the County in projects and programs, and developing working relationships with the other Botetourt towns.
v. Promote and maximize historic assets and natural resources
This means recognizing and valuing our unique position as an area rife with historical landmarks and natural beauty. Initiatives include objectives like improving Big Spring Park and creating a Lewis & Clark historic tour.
vi. Provide a high level of services and communications
This means creating and maintaining a safe and connected community. Initiatives include objectives like sidewalk repair and maintenance and continued development of private external services (phone, Internet, gas, cable) as well as improving communications with business, residents, and friends of Fincastle.
Please feel free to submit comments either by email or letter. Your name and address must be included in order for the comments to be considered.
By Mail: Town of Fincastle
P.O. Box 250
Fincastle, VA 24090
By email: Davidtickner@townoffincastle.org