A New Life for the Willett Branch; A New Park for the Westbard Sector
The new Sector plan for Westbard calls for a naturalized Willett Branch creek and a beautiful new park cutting through Westbard like a green ribbon with a walking path, play areas and places for gathering giving the new (and old!) residents a place to stretch their legs and recharge.
This promises to be a major amenity for the area. The concrete-line channel creek with walls covered with graffiti and banks littered will be replaced by a natural waterway that supports fish and other aquatic life. The banks will have trees, native plants and shrubs instead of being a dumping ground for shopping carts, tires and appliances and other trash. Residents will be able to walk along the creek and enjoy the beautiful natural environment of that a creek provides.
The history of the River Road African American Community can be found HERE. This community, pushed out by development in the 1960s, was located in the what will be the heart of the new Park.
Land Dedication and Development Issues:
Little Falls Watershed Alliance watches and comments on development in the Westbard Sector to make sure that it is done to the strictsit environmental standards and that the plans for the new park are not compromised. Letters are needed to support the park and application of strict stormwater management.
UPDATE: Regency Center Development Approved by Planning Board - March 14, 2019. While LFWA feels that the stormwater management plan is lacking (it includes a 87% waiver for treating the road), the plan does include a $500,000 donation to Parks for the new park and dedication of three parcels of land for the new Park. The land will be turned over to the park as the development construction is completed. Click HERE for more information on the Planning Board decision.
Regency Center Development - Phase 1 and 2. The application for 22 acres of new commericial, mixed used residential and town houses was submitted May 2018. The plan will be resubmitted in September in response to the extensive comments by the Planning staff and other departments. Information on the development, how you can help and our comments are HERE
Westbard Self Storage - With the December 2017 approval of this development, the first Parcel of land is dedicated for Park. Information and our comments are HERE.