By Aila Boyd

The Town of Fincastle recently sent out a community survey to town residents. Roughly 300 surveys were mailed out. The data collected as part of the survey will be incorporated into the town’s Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan is a document that the town is required by state law to maintain and update regularly. The plan establishes a policy for how localities should address change, development, and growth.

The town’s Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2011, well before the boundary expansion that occurred in May of 2018, the first one since the town’s founding in 1772. It was readopted without change last year. David Tickner, the town manager of Fincastle, said, “Because we have many new citizens, we want to get it right.”

He added that the updated Comprehensive Plan will likely be adopted sometime within the next year.

The survey was developed by the town’s Planning Commission in collaboration with Dr. Diane Zahm, an associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech.

According to the cover letter that was sent out to town residents, “The purpose of…

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