The City of Lynchburg is updating the Downtown/Riverfront Master Plan to address the future growth and development of downtown. The updated plan will include studies on the economy, market, parking and traffic patterns of downtown, as well as provide for improvements on infrastructure, wayfinding and city branding.
Each proposed component of the new master plan will serve to create a stronger and better connected community. The plan will build upon the two previous downtown master plans created in 2000 and 2006. The City of Lynchburg is encouraging residents and the business community to participate in the process and help work toward positive change in Downtown Lynchburg.
The month of August will allow for several input opportunities, both in-person and online. City planners will meet for a three-day workshop at the end of the month to collect feedback and create preliminary designs for the downtown plan. The designs will be presented for final review in the fall for City Council consideration by the end of the year.
Community Input Opportunities:
• Downtown 2040 Kick-Off Event: The introductory event and listening sessions will take place Wednesday, August 9, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street.
This event will allow residents and business owners the opportunity to learn about the new plan, as well as share their own visions for downtown. At 7:00 p.m., special guest speaker, Melody Warnick, author of the book "This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live" will speak about why cities matter.
• Public Listening Sessions: Five public listening sessions are scheduled on Thursday, August 10 at Riverviews Artspace, 901 Jefferson Street, on the topics of business, quality of life and downtown development, as well as a time for open discussion:
→ 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Doing Business in Downtown
→ 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Transportation and Parking
→ 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Quality of Life in Downtown for Residents, Businesses and Visitors
→ 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Doing Development in Downtown
→ 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Open Discussion
• Design Workshop Open Houses: During both of these workshops, project team members will work to weave community and City feedback into preliminary designs for downtown. These open houses will provide the opportunity for people to stop by, view the process, and give their own thoughts on the designs.
→ August 30 – 6:00 p.m., Craddock Terry Hotel, 1312 Commerce Street
→ August 31 – 5:30 p.m., Craddock Terry Hotel, 1312 Commerce Street