Comprehensive Plan Update Questions and Answers

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General questions and answers for the Comprehensive Plan Update. New questions and answers will be added as needed. 


 How can I participate in the Comprehensive Plan Update?

Visit our How to Participate in the Comprehensive Plan Update for information. 


I have ideas to share. I have questions. Who should I contact?

You can contact Advisory Committee members, Planning Commissioners, or city staff to share your ideas or ask your questions.

You can also send your written ideas and questions to or to:

Harrisonburg Department of Planning and Community Development

Attn: Thanh Dang, City Planner

City Hall, 2nd Floor

409 South Main Street

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Please include your name, address, and phone number in your email or letter.  If possible, please indicate which committee(s) your comments should be forwarded to. Comments received will be forwarded to committee(s) and Planning Commissioners. 


 Do I have to be a city resident to participate in a committee?

No. Anyone with an interest in the City of Harrisonburg's future is encouraged to apply. For example, you might not be a city resident but you represent a community organization, business association, etc. that provides services in the city, has members who live/work in the city, or you have other interests in the city. 


If I participate in a committee, what is the expected time commitment?

Committee meetings will start in April or May 2017, and each committee will meet approximately once every other month through summer 2018. Committee meetings will take place in the evenings (5:00pm or after) and will run for approximately two hours each. Committee members should expect to receive materials to read in preparation of each meeting.

Additionally, committee members will participate in the public meetings schedule for fall 2017 and summer 2018. Presently, there are four public meetings planned for fall 2017, and committee members should at minimum attend the meeting associated with their committee (one minimum meeting). In summer 2018, there will be one or two public meetings. The public meetings will each run for approximately two hours. 

PDF [194KB] View draft schedule with additional details on committee meetings