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.
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 will begin soliciting public input and drafting the new plan between 2017-2018.
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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]
Zoning Map [883KB]
Land Use Guide Map [1.4MB]
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.