How to Participate in the Comprehensive Plan Update

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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. More on the Comprehensive Plan Update.


Be Heard Harrisonburg

Comments and ideas for the Comprehensive Plan are being shared and collected on Be Heard Harrisonburg. Join the discussion by posting your ideas and supporting what you like! The discussion on Be Heard Harrisonburg will be open through May 15, 2017. 


Call, Email, or Send Us A Letter

Have questions, ideas, and suggestions? You can write to Planning Commissioners, Advisory Committee members, and city staff by sending your written comments to or to:

Planning Commissioners, Advisory Committee members, and staff

Attn: Thanh Dang, City Planner

Harrisonburg Department of Planning and Community Development

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 Planning Commissioners and committee members. 

Department of Planning and Community Development staff can also be reached at 540-432-7700. 


Advisory Committee Meeting Comment Cards

Planning Commission has created four Advisory Committees to guide the Comprehensive Plan update. Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public; however, there will not be time for public comment during the meetings. Comment cards will be made available for you to share your thoughts and ideas with the Advisory Committees. Comment cards can be filled out and submitted during the meetings or they can be sent to the Department of Planning and Community Development afterwards. 


Workshops and Open Houses

A series of public workshops are planned for fall 2017 and an open house for input on the draft plan is planned for summer 2018. As events are scheduled, information will be posted on the Your Plan page.



Updates on the status and other information related to the Comprehensive Plan update process will be posted on the Your Plan page and will be sent through the Comprehensive Plan Updates e-newsletter. Subscribe to the newsletter.