Comprehensive Plan

Draft Comprehensive Plan Available for Public Review

The proposed draft One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan is available for public review and comment.  
(See links below)

One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan will serve as the general guide for future investment in and development of Newport News over the next 20 years.  The plan contains the City's official policies on land use, urban design, transportation, housing, public facilities and services, environment, and economic development.  This plan aligns with the City's Strategic Priorities, which guide the use of city resources.  This plan is the guide for making the decisions that will reinvigorate our city and address our needs; it provides a clear vision for the future and strategies to leverage our strengths and opportunities to ensure that we thrive both economically and socially.  Citizen input informed and guided the planning process under the direction of the Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee (CPCAC), which was appointed by the Planning Commission.  

The One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan is organized into six chapters:

  • Chapter 1 - Introduction
  • Chapter 2 - Existing Conditions
  • Chapter 3 - Planning Legacy
  • Chapter 4 - The Dream
  • Chapter 5 - Future Land Use and Transportation Plan
  • Chapter 6 - Plan Implementation, Monitoring and Amendments
The Plan is organized around themes to help us more clearly align goals and strategies and establish priorities for implementation.  The Plan is based on the following six themes:

  1. A Prosperous and Resilient City explores our economic vitality and whether we are equipped to adapt and bounce back in the face of adversity.  It also looks at our overall ability to meet the basic needs of our population.  
  2. A Sustainable City acknowledges the impact our growth pattern has on our ecosystem and delivery of services, and examines the ways we can more responsibly use our resources to the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future.  
  3. An Accessible City examines the housing and transportation opportunities and choices we provide to our citizens at all income levels.
  4. A Healthy and Safe City explores how we support citizens with premier facilities and services and promote livability.  
  5. A City that Respects its Uniqueness acknowledges our history and examines ways to preserve, promote and celebrate our natural and  cultural assets. 
  6. A City that Balances Good Places and New Spaces explores our land use patterns and the character of our established neighborhoods to determine how we can best preserve and respect the old while inviting the new.
The Planning Department and the CPCAC are hosting meetings to present the proposed draft One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan and initial recommendations to the public. The public is invited to attend one of the three meetings to learn more and provide feedback about the recommendations for the future of Newport News.  The meetings will be open house format, scheduled between 6 and 8 p.m.  Staff will give a presentation at 6:30 p.m. at each meeting to introduce the plan to the public.  There will be several stations set up with copies of the draft plan and key maps so that attendees can take a closer look at the plan and ask questions.  These stations will be open before and after the presentation. Comment cards will be available at the meetings.  The presentation is available here.  See Open House handout for more information here.  

  • Monday, July 17, 6-8 p.m. at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center at 2410 Wickham Avenue 
  • Tuesday, July 25, 6-8 p.m. at Denbigh Community Center at 15198 Warwick Boulevard 
  • Thursday, July 27, 6-8 p.m. at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center at 570 McLawhorne Drive 
The plan is available here, Newport News libraries, and in the Department of Planning in City Hall, 2400 Washington Avenue.  An enlarged version of the draft Future Land Use and Transportation Map is available here.  For any questions, contact the Department of Planning at (757) 926-8761 or Comments can be submitted online or in person at the Department of Planning.

Please note that the document design and layout is still being developed.  Staff continues to work on illustrations and other graphics to enhance the visual quality of the comprehensive plan and ensure that the layout is easy to read and supportive of the narrative, especially in digital format.  

What to Expect at the One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan Update Open House

Citizens attending the open house meetings scheduled above will be given a presentation by Planning staff. The presentation covers the following topics:

A video of the July 17, 2017 presentation at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center can be found here.  (Clicking the link initiates a 1.2 GB download of the video).  


As specified in the Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-2223, local planning commissions are required to “prepare and recommend a comprehensive plan for the physical development of the territory within its jurisdiction.” Once adopted, comprehensive plans must be reviewed at least every five years and updated as needed. It has been five years since the adopted comprehensive plan for Newport News was prepared, providing the Planning Commission the opportunity to respond to changing conditions that may affect the city’s growth and management, and update its vision and planning strategies to direct economic growth and quality of life initiatives for the next 25 years. It is also an opportunity to streamline the content and revise the format to reflect current best practices in documenting comprehensive plans.

One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan is a vision for what Newport News will be and look like in 2040, serves as a guide for capital improvements, and presents the strategy to manage the community and physical development in a responsible and sustainable manner. The Department of Planning staff is responsible for developing the planning process, engaging citizens, and writing the plan in coordination with the Planning Commission and the Citizen Advisory Committee.​

» Review our current comprehensive plan - Framework for the Future 2030

The Planning Process

Formal adoption of the One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan is anticipated to occur in late 2016. The comprehensive plan update will occur as a series of tasks, completed in five phases. The comprehensive planning cycle is illustrated below.

citizen involvement cpc

Citizen input will inform and guide the planning process. Citizen feedback will be collected through a series of activities including a community survey, workshops, focus groups, interviews, and other education and outreach efforts, as well as the Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee (CPCAC), Planning Commission and City Council meetings.  

Public meetings on the Final Draft One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan will be held prior to finalizing the document and submitting to the Planning Commission for the public hearing and plan recommendation to the City Council.