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This year's Neighborhood Month 'kick-off" Conference is scheduled to take place on the morning of Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Christ Christian Church located at 344 Church Avenue SW in downtown Roanoke.
The conference will be held from 8:30 am until 1:30 pm and will include a continental breakfast and lunch.
A choice between four (4) different workshop sessions are being offered during two (2) concurrent sessions for you to choose from.
Following is the conference agenda with the workshop choices for you to choose from:
Check-in with a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 am that will provide you with an opportunity to network with your neighbors and each other. Beginning around 9:00 am, conference guest speaker City Council Member John Garland will welcome participants.
Zoning affects your property, your neighborhood, and our City. For zoning seeks to protect public health, safety and welfare by providing a framework for sensible, fair and smart land use planning for every city parcel to ensure your quality of life and that of your neighborhood. To better understand why zoning matters to you, Ian Shaw. Planning Coordinator for the city’s Dept. of Planning Building & Development will share Roanoke’s zoning and planning history, how zoning works in Roanoke, resources available including Roanoke’s zoning codes and maps, info regarding Roanoke’s Board of Zoning Appeals & Roanoke’s Planning Commission, and the importance of you being engaged in the decisions being made regarding zoning in your neighborhood.
Steve Langston, Roanoke’s Senior Code Enforcement Officer will provide a broad overview of Code Enforcement responsibilities, such as the Rental Inspection Program, property maintenance issues, outdoor storage, weeds and trash, inoperable vehicles, graffiti, illegal business activity, permit requirements, and more.
Tim Dayton, Executive Director of Real Efforts Affecting Change (R.E.A.C.H) will lead this session on how partnerships, collaborations & cooperatives are more than just words. For with all of the talents, assets and experiences available, Tim will explain how we can work together to get things done.
Delegate Sam Rasoul will discuss how the new Roanoke Impact Center will empower people who want to make a difference in the community through advocacy, leadership training, funding, and resources to improve the city through for local projects.
Capt. Rick Morrison and Lt. Daniel Hartman of the Roanoke Police Department will share new policing initiatives being undertaken to identify and resolve neighborhood issues and concerns to create strong, vibrant neighborhoods and a healthy community.
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