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Community Invited to Weigh in on Regional Rivers Plan

Andy Thompson

July 2, 2015 5:47pm

I wrote about this when it first became news, and I think it’s worth highlighting now that it’s entered the public input phase. The James River Association is inviting residents of the Richmond and Tri-cities regions to attend one of two community meetings to engage in a discussion on the Regional Rivers Plan. This plan for the rivers of the Richmond region will make recommendations and identify strategies to leverage our waterways to improve quality of life and catalyze river-based economic activity.

Your input is need to craft the area's "Regional Rivers Plan." Credit: City of Richmond

Your input is need to craft the area’s “Regional Rivers Plan.” Credit: City of Richmond

The study team, which is composed of planning professionals from the JRA, Timmons Group, 3north, and Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, is focusing on public access and economic development along the four major river corridors of the Richmond region: James River, Appomattox River, Chickahominy River, and Pamunkey River.

“With the help of local experts, we’re answering questions like ‘what’s there?’, ‘what’s missing?,’ and ‘what’s next?’,” said Andy Boenau, lead planner with Timmons Group.

“We are excited to share our progress to date and engage members of the community in a conversation about the future of our region’s rivers,” said Justin Doyle, Community Conservation Manager with the James River Association. “The Regional Rivers Plan will identify three to five catalytic projects that will expand access to the James River and its tributaries to increase opportunities for river recreation and riverfront economic development.”

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

July 15, 6 pm — Chimborazo Park Roundhouse, Grace Street at N. 36th Street, Richmond, VA

July 22, 6 pm — The Cameron Foundation, 228 S. Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA

The creation of the Regional Rivers Plan was one of four strategies presented by the James River Work Group of the Capital Regional Collaborative – a partnership between government, business and community to improve the quality of life across the Capital Region and to address issues that are not confined by city or county limits.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?