Lynchburg Officials Hold First Public Hearing on the City's Comprehensive Plan

Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg officials are asking for feedback from the public on their comprehensive plan for the future of the city.

Tuesday night kicked off the first of three public hearings, held by city officials. They're looking to hear from Hill City residents what they feel are some areas of improvement for Lynchburg.

The comprehensive plan looks to improve upon various aspects of the city to accommodate a growing population.

Officials estimate by the year 2030 Lynchburg will have more than 80,000 permanent residents.

"We need to figure out how we're going to maintain the character of our neighborhoods but at the same time, use our land efficiently and create the densities that make possible all sorts of advantages including public transit. So that's a tough balancing act" said Lynchburg Mayor, Mike Gillette.

Two more public hearings will be held Wednesday; one at 11 a.m. at Paul Monroe Elementary School, the other at 6 p.m. at Sandusky Middle School.

City officials will use the feedback in finalizing future projects within a comprehensive city plan.