The Planning Commission recently completed the process of reviewing the 2011 Comprehensive Plan as required every five years by the Code of Virginia. The review began with a project kickoff meeting at the Town Office on May 6, 2015.
As a result of that meeting, the Planning Commission appointed interested citizens and stakeholders to serve on the following topic-based advisory committees:
- Economic Development and Non-Residential Land Uses Advisory Committee
- Housing and Residential Land Uses Advisory Committee
- Transportation Advisory Committee
- Public Facilities and Utilities Advisory Committee
The advisory committees gave interested citizens and stakeholders an opportunity to provide input on the topic(s) of interest to them prior to recommending revisions to various chapters and policies. Committee meetings were held during the Planning Commission work sessions on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The committees met in the order listed above (not concurrently) on the third Wednesday of each month beginning on June 17, 2015. The committee meetings concluded in May of 2016. The result of their efforts was a draft comprehensive plan amendment:
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT - PLANNING COMMISSION DRAFT
Once the committees finished up their work, the Planning Commission began reviewing all of the changes recommended by the committees. During meetings held over the next several months, the Commission requested additional changes to the Introduction as well as chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6 that were the focus of the amendment. Their efforts culminated in the preparation of a final draft plan amendment that can be accessed (by chapter) below. Please note that all of the changes previously recommended by the committees were accepted prior to the Commission's review of the draft in order to make the document easier to read and distinguish between the committees' and Planning Commission's revisions. The documents below are "red-line" versions (with the exception of the final, clean version) in that they show the edits made by the Commission via the use of underlines (added text) and strike-throughs (deleted text). The documents below do not include chapters and maps from the adopted 2011 plan that are not part of the proposed amendment.
The Planning Commission voted on November 16, 2016 to forward the draft amendment (above) to the Town Council with a recommendation for approval.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT - TOWN COUNCIL DRAFT
The Town Council conducted a work session on Sunday, November 6th and conducted meetings to discuss additional revisions to the draft plan on December 8th and 21st. These discussions resulted in additional amendments reflected in the Town Council draft below. The Town Council conducted a public hearing on the final draft of the comprehensive plan amendment on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Town Office and subsequently voted on February 9, 2017 to adopt the final version of the amendment to the plan:
Updated appendices reflecting changes to values, goals and policies requested by the Town Council appear below. These are not "red-line" versions in which individual edits can be viewed; rather; the edits have been incorporated into the document. To examine these edits one-by-one as shown using strikethroughs and underlined text, refer to the "FINAL TOWN COUNCIL DRAFT As Amended" document above. Appendices 6-7 and Maps 2-6 have not been further revised compared to the versions that appear below under "COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT - PREVIOUS PLANNING COMMISSION VERSIONS."
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT - PREVIOUS PLANNING COMMISSION VERSIONS
The public hearing/input process, including meeting dates and times, will be posted on the home page. Both the Planning Commission and Town Council will conduct public hearings on the proposed plan amendment. Please revisit the home page as well as this page for the latest information. For more information on the 2015-16 review process or the comprehensive plan amendment, contact:
Joshua A. Bateman, AICP, Planner/Zoning Administrator