Comprehensive Plan

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2011 Comprehensive Plan

What is the Comprehensive Plan?

The Comprehensive Plan presents a vision of what kind of community the City would like to be in the future. It identifies the steps required to move toward that vision by providing information about the City's current conditions, long-term goals and objectives, and recommended implementation strategies. As described in the Code of Virginia, the Comprehensive Plan shall be general in nature. Harrisonburg's Plan addresses a wide range of issues including but not limited to: land use, housing, education, transportation, recreation, the preservation of historic and natural resources, and economic development. The plan serves as a long-term guide for the community and it helps City leaders make decisions about the many issues that occur throughout the governance of the City. The Plan shall be reviewed at least once every five years by the Planning Commission to determine whether it is advisable to amend.

Comprehensive Plan Text and Maps (PDF All files in PDF format)

Complete Comprehensive Plan Document [2MB]

Cover Page [180KB]

Title Page [68KB]

Table of Contents [101KB]

Executive Summary [119KB]

Chapter 1 Introduction [90KB]

Chapter 2 Vision and Goals [78KB]

Chapter 3 Planning Context [450KB]

Chapter 4 Plan Framework [108KB]

Plan Framework Map [1.5MB]

Chapter 5 Land Use and Development Quality [324KB]

Zoning Map [883KB]

Land Use Guide Map [1.4MB]

Chapter 6 Neighborhoods and Housing [176KB]

Chapter 7 Education [105KB]

Chapter 8 Arts, Culture, & Historic Resources [142KB]

Chapter 9 Natural Resources [127KB]

Chapter 10 Parks & Recreation [97KB]

Parks and Recreation Facilities Map [1.4MB]

Chapter 11 Transportation [279KB]

Street Improvement Plan Map [1MB]

Street Network Map [982KB]

Chapter 12 Community Infrastructure, Services, Safety & Health [205KB]

Existing Water Map [1.5MB]

Existing Sewer Map [1.4MB]

Chapter 13 Economic Development & Tourism [144KB]

Chapter 14 Revitalization [108KB]

Chapter 15 Community Engagement & Collaboration [73KB]

Chapter 16 Implementation [90KB]


Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan

As mentioned above, the plan shall be reviewed at least once every five years by the Planning Commission to determine whether it is advisable to amend. If it is decided to make changes, amendments are typically made during that time. However, individuals may propose to amend the Comprehensive Plan at any time.

The process for Comprehensive Plan amendments requires a public hearing before the Planning Commission and before the City Council. The requests are required to be advertised in a newspaper published or having general circulation in the City. If necessary, notice letters are sent to adjoining property owners and subject properties are posted advertising the request.

Following a staff review, Planning Commission will make a voting recommendation to City Council on whether the request should be approved. City Council will then review the Planning Commission's recommendation (usually the month following the Planning Commission meeting), at which time it will vote to approve or deny the request.

PDF [114KB] Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application


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