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Countryside Development


Project Updates

September 18, 2012 Update

City Council adopted an amendment to the plan that redesignates the Portland Planning Area form agriculture to recreation.

Countryside Master Plan - Amended by City Council September 17, 2012.

July 3, 2012 Update

The Planning Commission voted on June 21, 2012 to hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Countryside Master Plan. The public hearing will be held on July 19, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber.

Click HERE to view a file containing only the pages being amended (smaller file size)
Click HERE to view the full plan with the proposed amendments. (larger file size)

The Northwest/Wilmont Recreation Club and Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer have submitted a proposal for development of an athletic complex on the Countryside property.

Click HERE to view the full proposal.

Direct your comments, questions, or concerns to:

Chris Chittum, Planning Administrator
(540) 853-2356

June 6, 2012 Update: ABEAR Performance Training Submits Letter of Interest for Development at Countryside

ABEAR Performance Training, represented by Robbie Hebert, has submitted a letter of interest for a development on the former Countryside Golf Course property. The proposed project would renovate a former barn structure on a portion of the property near the intersection of Frontage Road and Highland Farm Road. An 8 acre area of surrounding property would be developed with a baseball infield, batting cages and bullpens, and an unlit field for football and soccer practice.

ABEAR proposes purchase of the land and restore the barn structure to house the facility.

City Council reviewed the proposal and has given approval to open up the concept to public review and move to the formal proposal stage. Council approval at this stage does not involve any commitment by the City or ABEAR. A copy of the concept plan is available at the link below.

View concept plan.

No public meeting is planned for this proposal. However, public comment is welcome. Direct your comments, questions, or concerns to:

Chris Chittum, Planning Administrator
(540) 853-2356

Presentations and Results of Public Improvements Workshop January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012 Public Improvement Workshop Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)
January 31, 2012 Public Improvement Workshop Citizen Comments (PDF)
Concept Drawing (PDF)
Park Detail (PDF)

At the September 29th meeting on Public Improvements, residents were asked to rank their high and low priorities. While the survey was far from scientific, there were clear preferences that emerged from the responses. Walking trails, naturalized areas, open space, and greenway development were the highest priorities. Amenities such as a picnic shelter, playground, and restroom were ranked much lower.

Given the results, city parks and planning staff will work to ensure the highest ranked items are addressed first and address the lower ranked items if funding allows. As we move ahead with specific designs, there will be more opportunities for public input.

Approximately 60 citizens attended the September 29 open house to set priorities for public improvements in the Countryside area. Staff asked participants to rank various options using this form. The displays from the meeting are available below.

Greenways and trails samples
Naturalized areas samples
Picnic shelter samples
Playground samples
Aerial photo
Restrooms and other furnishing samples

The City of Roanoke and the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op sponsored a public meeting on September 22, 2011, to inform people about the proposal and to respond to questions and concerns. Click here to view the meeting notes.

Click here to view the presentation from the meeting.

For more information, contact Chris Chittum, AICP, Planning Administrator by phone at
(540) 853-2356 or by email to

City Council receives letters of interest for Countryside property

Roanoke, VA – In a closed session today, Roanoke City Council considered three letters of interest for disposition of parcels at the city property formerly known as Countryside:
  • Northwest Recreation Club and Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer Incorporated: Develop property as a recreational sports complex for soccer and indoor tennis, basketball, and volleyball programs.
  • Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op: Develop property as a diversified urban farm operation.
  • L&M Properties: Rehabilitate the former tennis facility for an indoor tennis facility. - THIS PROPOSAL WAS TABLED IN FAVOR OF THE MORE COMPREHENSIVE SPORTS FACILITY PROPOSED ABOVE.

While all three letters of interest were consistent with the Countryside Master Plan, Council has advised at this time to move forward with discussions and public involvement with the proposed concepts received from the Northwest Recreation Club and Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer, and Roanoke Natural Foods since they were the most responsive to the broad goals and objectives of the plan.

Staff will seek additional details and schedule public meetings as the concepts are refined.

Content of letters of interest and staff summaries will be available at

For more information, please contact Chris Chittum, Planning Administrator, at 853-2356 or

Click here (2.2MB PDF) to view letters of interest, summaries, and a site map.

The Countryside Master Plan (PDF), adopted by City Council in June 2011, is the guide for development of a former golf course known as Countryside. The City of Roanoke is now accepting development proposals for this City-owned property located along I-581, Peters Creek Road, Cove Road, and Hershberger Road.

Property at a Glance:
  • Master planned mixed use community with integrated recreation and greenways planned and budgeted for construction in 2012.
  • Opportunities for residential and commercial development
  • 138 acres
  • Access to public utilities.
  • Excellent transportation access
  • Potential for multiple developers and phased development.

Click HERE to view a detailed Countryside Master Plan map (pdf).

Click HERE for background on developing the Countryside Master Plan.

Consideration of proposals is competitive and involves two phases. The first phase is to submit a general proposal in the form of a Letter of Interest that includes the following information:

1. Location & land area to be acquired and developed.
2. Development concept to include land use, number of units, description and approximate size of building, infrastructure to be constructed, jobs to be created, and any other features of the development.
3. Developer’s experience with similar development.
4. Indication of intent to either buy land or lease land.
5. Financial consideration (payment or benefit provided to City for land).
6. Narrative description of how the concept is consistent with the master plan.

Proposals will be considered as they are received and evaluated for general consistency with the Countryside Master Plan. If a proposal is deemed consistent with the plan, the developer will be invited to advance to the second phase and submit a detailed proposal.

Letters of interest will remain confidential until City Council has given approval to proceed to the formal proposal process.

Please direct inquiries to:
Chris Chittum, AICP, Planning Administrator
215 Church Avenue, SW, Room 166
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: (540) 853-2356

Proposals should be addressed to:
Christopher P. Morrill, City Manager
215 Church Avenue, SW, Room 364
Roanoke, VA 24011