Keezletown Community Visioning
With development pressure from the fast-growing City of Harrisonburg to the west, commercial and retail development to the south, and Massanutten resort to the east, Keezletown is at an important preservation turning point. Keezletown community members have acknowledged this reality and are taking action to ensure Keezletown retains its unique character.
And the timing is right—Rockingham County is beginning the process of updating its planning documents and it’s critical that the community’s vision for Keezletown is included.
Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley led a similar community planning process in the nearby village of Port Republic. Through a series of community meetings, residents were asked to identify what was important to them about the village and its character, what their vision for the future was, and what amenities were lacking. For Port Republic residents, mostly, they wanted their quiet village to remain much the same. But also, they needed a crosswalk across a busy pedestrian intersection and wanted to explore options for scenic river designations for their neighboring rivers. The Alliance was able to help translate what we heard from the community into language that is informing the county’s planning for Port Republic.
We’re excited to offer the same service in Keezletown, guided by members of the community. Our intention is to develop a community-generated plan to provide a buffer of protection against development pressure in county planning documents.
Photos by Sandy Parks, Project 367