I am with Friends of Rattlesnake Creek (RC) and am heartened that you are taking up this much-needed review of your public outreach processes. Based on our experience this past winter, which led to the withdraw of access by a key homeowner and the demise of the RC project, communication shortcomings resulted in frustrations all the way around (including community members, the DPU leadership and City Council).
It is true that some form of cursory public hearings for the project occurred at an earlier time (as much as 5 years earlier). But at that time, critical aspects of the project were not shared with the public (e.g., that an environmental impact study was not conducted, that the source of the problem—the upstream watershed—was not adequately addressed, that the limit of disturbance involved clearing of as much as 100' from one side to the other., etc.).
Most of the Friends of RC were not living in the area when that earlier public hearing occurred. Further, the way they found about the impending project this past fall was by the neighbor—the very person who had agreed to allow access to RC in fall 2020, and ultimately rescinded that agreement after the full measure of the destructive so-called “restoration” project was exposed by the Friends.
Here are two lessons learned from that debacle:
Thank you for your serious attention to these and other concerns (time of day, location, advance notification, response periods, etc.).
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Richmond, VA 23220