ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) - Roanoke County leaders are launching two new studies to reimagine what two areas of the county will look like in the future.
The planning studies will focus on the Oak Grove and Hollins and what they will look like in the year 2040.
The city of Roanoke is participating with the county on the Oak Grove plan since a portion of the area is within city limits.
The leaders are working to figure out how to make it easier for residents and visitors to get to the parks, shops, and restaurants.
Starting February 1, the community can help participate in the study by filling out a survey online. Click here to participate in the study.
"I think part of what we are going to do is attract young people to the valley and keep people here. What we're seeing from a trend standpoint is we're growing in our older population and we are trying to attract that younger population," said Roanoke County Deputy Director of Planning Philip Thompson.
"Both of those populations want to have higher density walkable communities. So we are trying to keep them and attract them here for that purpose."
"It is anticipated that the studies will take 12 months to complete, after which, design standards, transportation improvements and development concepts will be incorporated into planning and redevelopment strategies," the website dedicated to the projects state.
Starting in March, community meetings will be held on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.