A bit of wonderful spring news—Augusta County officials say that the rezoning application for the proposed truck distribution center in Greenville was WITHDRAWN in April with no immediate plans for reapplication.
That’s great news in the short term. However, several times a week, those who travel Rt. 11 are still frustrated by dangerous, illegal truck turnarounds and bumper-to-bumper traffic clogging our main road. The land involved in the proposed rezoning is still there along with several other tracts of land between the village and the high school. The wrong business could easily increase the problems that southern Augusta County already faces every day.
After the most recent distribution center uproar, we definitely have the ear of county officials and they are working to address the problems. They have been talking with VDOT about both short term and long term solutions to our problems, which is wonderful progress.
Further, in 2024 the county will be conducting a full update of the comprehensive plan—the state mandated vision for the county—and county officials say that the Greenville issue will be addressed as part of the full county comp plan upgrade.
While these steps are good, they are not enough.
Protect Riverheads' Future
Consider helping to build a Riverheads Community Association
Riverheads needs a full community led development plan that addresses the current transportation problems and future development needs. Further, the residents of the Riverheads area need to be active participants in helping create their future. In other words, we need to be a part of the process.
If you’re in the district, please ask the Riverheads Supervisor, Mike Shull (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the Riverheads Planning Commission member, Kyle Leonard (email@example.com), to host a community meeting soon in order to update the community on the steps being taken by the county in regard to the traffic and development concerns. Further, their help is needed to get the community’s ideas and concerns into the long-term planning process. Riverheads residents want to be an active part of making the community a better place. Our elected officials need to know that we want to partner with them to make their jobs easier and our community better.
Finally, in thinking about how to positively affect change in the Riverheads community, the best solution seems to be the formation of a Riverheads community association that stays on top of issues and creates a voice for everyone in the governmental process. Several people have contacted me to say that they would be willing to help form such a group.
If you would be willing to work to create a community group and share in some of the many tasks that will be needed to make this effort a success, then fill out this quick form with your contact information and maybe a little bit of info about how you could help, and we’ll be in touch soon with next steps.
Remember that together we are stronger and together we can all create an even better Riverheads community for the next generation.