Land Development Discussions With our Neighbors!

June 20 and 21
Tuesday, June 20, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 21, 9:00 a.m.  

 

In March of 2016, Community West Church purchased 19 acres of land at 2340 Pump Road for the purpose of developing its church home there.  Our Community West Church congregation is in the beginning stages of envisioning a first facility on our property, in the near future.  As with all decisions at Community West Church, we seek God’s leading as we are guided by our vision and values.

Concept Behind our Discussions

At Community West Church, we believe the church exists for the sake of the community it serves, and any land development vision ought to be cultivated in context.  

The context of our development on Pump Road is the surrounding activity in neighborhoods, schools, government agencies, businesses, and other non-profits in our region.  

We believe now is the time to cultivate conversations with key leaders and residents in West Richmond.

Discussion Plan

We are planning three (90 minute) sessions at 2340 Pump Road in our open-air, covered pavilion.  The sessions will all include the same presentation and format, so we are inviting you to come to the session that suits your schedule best.  

During the sessions themselves, we plan to share some of the broad vision we have for using the land at 2340 Pump Road.  We also want to begin to cultivate conversations with you about related needs you see and perhaps are already addressing in West Richmond.  

Each session will be led by Mike Watkins, a town planner with Michael Watkins Architects, LLC.  Mr. Watkins is experienced in helping cities and towns re-envision their communities, especially as it relates to their built environments.  Community West Church has employed Mr. Watkins to lead, and lend his expertise, to these discussions.  

Expected Outcomes

1. We hope to build stronger networks of leaders who know each other and increasingly can address needs together in West Richmond.  We think the relationship building and the conversations themselves are crucial, and we hope these discussions in June will just be the start.  

2. We hope many of you will implement solutions and key ideas you hear in these discussions, in your neighborhoods, organizations, and spheres of influence.

3. We hope to build relationships with people who are current users of our land.  This land has been a “seemingly public space,” where people walk their dogs and throw frisbees.  We believe it is important to open up conversations now with our neighbors, so our church can hear and respond to our neighbors’ requests and input, as much we can.