The Crooked Road announced on Thursday that it has given up its attempt at National Heritage Area designation, after three separate county boards of supervisors voted not to support the effort.
Washington, Wythe and Russell counties had recently voted against it after public hearings in which residents spoke of concerns about zoning issues and property rights.
Music writer Tad Dickens of The Roanoke Times has details here.
Meanwhile, Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, releases this statement on the matter:
“I respect the organization’s decision to discontinue its efforts to seek a National Heritage Area (NHA) designation. It was never the intent to have any local jurisdiction placed into an NHA without its approval. No matter what you think about NHA, the Crooked Road has been and will continue to be a great asset to our area. It provides a good opportunity for folks to visit numerous sites that embrace our musical heritage across the district.
“As I have previously stated, I do not support any legislation that does not respect the private property rights of individuals.”