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.
- [254KB] Comprehensive Plan - General Overview (includes explanation of Vision, Goals, Objectives, and Strategies statements, and Action Plan) - last updated 3/13/17
- [192KB] Update Schedule
- [1.5MB] Presentation slides with notes - Three (3) public information sessions were hosted on February 15, 21, and 25.
Stay up to date with the Comprehensive Plan update and find out about opportunities to share your ideas by signing up for the Comprehensive Plan Update notifications.
Citizen involvement in the planning process is critical to ensure that diverse interests and perspectives are considered and incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan. Citizens will have the opportunity to contribute throughout the planning process through the following methods. Learn more here.
Four (4) advisory committees will be formed to help guide the Comprehensive Plan update. Each committee will focus on a different set of topic areas.
- Committee 1: Land Use & Transportation
- Committee 2: Education & Culture
- Committee 3: Community Facilities
- Committee 4: Economic Development
Advisory Committee members and meeting information is available on the Advisory Committees webpage.
Review common questions and answers.
The 2011 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council on May 10, 2011. Read the 2011 Comprehensive Plan.