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May 2018 Update

City departments and partners continue to work on updating data in each chapter of the Comprehensive Plan. Staff anticipates presenting a draft Implementation Plan for Planning Commission's review at the Commission's June 13 meeting. A public open house and public comment period is anticipated to occur in August 2018. Please sign up to our e-newsletter for updates. 



Draft Comprehensive Plan Chapters

Advisory Committees

Fall 2017 Public Workshops and Public Comment Period


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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. 


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