The Comprehensive Plan presents a vision of Harrisonburg’s future. It identifies steps to move toward that vision by providing information about current conditions, long-term goals and objectives, and recommended implementation strategies. As described in the Code of Virginia, the Comprehensive Plan is 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 with setting policies and decision-making.
Virginia requires that at least once every five years local Planning Commissions review their locality's Comprehensive Plan to determine whether it should be updated. The City of Harrisonburg's Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2011. Planning Commissioners have determined in 2016 that the Comprehensive Plan will be updated. The City began soliciting public input in early 2017 and will be working to update the Comprehensive Plan through 2018. More information on the Comprehensive Plan Update.
Comprehensive Plan Text and Maps ( All files in PDF format)
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]
2011 Zoning Map (As of 2011) [1.18MB]
Current Zoning Map (reflects rezonings since 2011)
Land Use Guide Map (Adopted in 2011) [1.4MB]
Land Use Guide Map (reflects amendments as of September 2017) [2.30MB]
Chapter 7 Education [105KB]
Chapter 9 Natural Resources [127KB]
Chapter 11 Transportation [279KB]
Street Network Map [982KB]
Existing Water Map [1.5MB]
Existing Sewer Map [1.4MB]
Chapter 14 Revitalization [108KB]
Chapter 16 Implementation [90KB]
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.