The Floyd County Comprehensive Plan will affect your property rights – attend the July 19th meeting

A Public Hearing for the Updated Floyd County Comprehensive Plan will be held by the Floyd County Planning Commission on Tuesday, July 19th at 7 p.m. at the Floyd County Administration Bldg.

The complete draft is available here:

If you have not read this comprehensive plan, you are not alone as it is a lot to wade through. It has a lot of soothing phrases like "Residents will enjoy the rural character and sense of community that honors the past and forges the future" Unfortunately, all of this is to be accomplished by central control of almost every aspect of our lives.

A lot of work has gone into planning for the centralized control of your use of your private land and your water. Under the guise of protecting the environment, your personal liberties will be subject to central planning by non-elected groups that know better than you do about your needs.

Ask yourself how you are going to have a garden of your own in the communal area. Will your kids be able to play ball there? Can you run your dogs there?  Maybe the community will form a homeowners association to decide who does what.

Along with plans for communal living, there are plans to imposition of business licenses with fees to provide an active inventory for "economic development" purposes.

There are also several mentions of the urgent need to redesign the existing county seal to reflect a progressive and nature-oriented new direction. The old seal has done us well for many years. I for one do not see the need to adapt it to a "going green for Gaia" movement. (see pg 165 of the Comp plan)

A little background data:

Tuesday night we had a packed house at the library for Don Casey's presentation on what "Sustainability" and "Comprehensive Planning" actually means when interpreted by bureaucrats. It was a sobering experience and highlighted the threats to individual property rights when one is uninformed about the details of comprehensive plans.

Don shared a great deal of knowledge and a lot of handouts and DVDs for people to take home.  It fueled a lot of people's energy to get involved in Floyd's Comprehensive Planning activity.  The Executive Committee surveyed a number of active members and the concensus was that the Comprehensive Planning meeting on the 19th was more important than our FTP meeting on that same night.

As a result, the Executive Committee unanimously decided to urge you to attend the comprehensive planning meeting this month. We will not be holding the regular Floyd Tea Party meeting at the Library on the 19th.

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0 Responses to The Floyd County Comprehensive Plan will affect your property rights – attend the July 19th meeting

  1. michael moss says:

    I think we should just start about 50 partys so we can become even more divided than we already are everyone should just grow up, and stop acting like two year olds

  2. Michael, the comprehensive planners put a lot of thought and effort into creating this comprehensive plan. The amount of detail is quite impressive.

    Those of us who have read the plan find elements that are quite disturbing. We wish to make sure that the creators of the plan have fully considered the loss of personal freedom that this plan can create. This plan is almost an exact copy of similar plans that have been put into effect all over the US in the last few years and the abuses in some localities are simply horrifying.

    We do not want to see Floyd go the way of some other counties where property right abuse is rampant.

  3. Good Lord! I have to ask not only how this got started in a place like Floyd, but how has it been allowed to go this far?

  4. Austin says:


  5. Austin, the specifics are contained in the Comprehensive Plan. You have to click on the link and the computer takes you to the article you need to read.

  6. Jeff T. Walker says:

    David, The comp plan seems to create grater freedoms for landowners, aren’t more options better? Is anyone forced to change from the status quo?
    Long term residents have witnessed the movement of problems as well as opportunities into this rural county, finally the breadth of these problems has been acknowledged by planners and citizens through a process which solicited many comments suggestions and contributions from a varied field of participants.
    The devil may be in details but taking the dreaded a cluster as an example: clustering offers a single driveway, rather than multiple entries to our highways, potentially reduces the cost of landownership and while there are challenges on water and sewer, common property maintenance and repairs presents the opportunity to reduce the loss of agricultural land to creeping sub-urban sprawl. I think it is a great thing to see some planning for growth which increases our option rather than further restricting. I hope you will consider the potential for mutual benefit.
    This is our community effort, required by the commonwealth, and meant to focus on compensating for changes in demographics. If we are concerned about the cost, and capacity of our infrastructure, we ought to understand the situation, and make plans to do better than the sub-division ordinance of 1999- which opened the flood gates for flag lots and overloaded services and rising costs for every County function. Property rights come with a cost, every resident has a responsibility to contribute to living here, it’s a benefit that comes with our freedom to speak thoughtfully and accept the wishes of the majority and those charged with representing the citizens. I think you would agree that we are fortunate souls, living in interesting times.


  7. Mouse says:

    But could you provide a brief summary for those who are not American please?

  8. Quincy says:

    I’m not sure how this is a bad thing. It’s not like you or I are going to have our land seized and then be forced to move into one of these compact developments…people will CHOOSE to live there if they want to, not because the HAVE to. And, if no one CHOOSES to move into these clusters, guess what? they won’t build very dang many of them!

    I think in the long run, it’s a lot better to cluster new developments as closely as possible to maintain open space for agricultural, recreational, or other uses for the future…because as we continue to gain in population, if we continue to develop the way we have been, there will be precious little remaining for decent agricultural use, recreational purposes, and the like.

    It might take a while to get there, but when you see the impacts of urban and suburban sprawl in places like NoVA and Hampton Roads, and that as a result of the expansion of subdivisions and strip malls that there is little open space remaining in those areas, unless it is planned for, it’s a really cruddy way to live…I’ve been there and grew up in it. It would have been a lot better, say for my neighborhood, to have smaller individual lots of under 1/4 acre, but then to have larger community parks, recreational space, and other open land free from homes and streets. As it was, we had 2 dinky parks, and the main open space was centered on a snake-infested drainage canal.

    One of the best local examples of a centrally-planned community with lots of open space for recreation is the Hethwood area of Blacksburg. There’s lots of dense apartments and condos there, but also many townhomes and single-family homes. And despit the fact that it’s the most dense residential tract in the Town, it has an abundance of park and recreational space that has historically made it one of the nicest communities to live in around the NRV, for students, young professionals, families, and retirees.

    And, the simple fact still remains…you would still have to choose to live in one of these places…and if you don’t like the idea, you wouldn’t have to. Freedom of choice is an amazing thing, and it isn’t disappearing.

  9. Mouse says:

    I am, alas, still in the dark but two things strike me, having read the comments so far

    1. In America it seems that personal freedom to do, say, act, live in whatever way one wants appears to be a very important right

    2. We all of us, however remote our dwellings may be, live in a community and we should, at times, make sacrifices for the well-being of that community.

    3. No-one owns the land. We may have pieces of paper that give us the man-made legal right to live on it, we may pass that paper down to our children but, in the end, we do not own the land. The land belongs to the planet and the planet belongs to everyone

    and I just know that David is going to hate me for saying that!

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