Draft Comprehensive Plan Available for Public Review
(See links below)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- An Accessible City examines the housing and transportation opportunities and choices we provide to our citizens at all income levels.
- A Healthy and Safe City explores how we support citizens with premier facilities and services and promote livability.
- A City that Respects its Uniqueness acknowledges our history and examines ways to preserve, promote and celebrate our natural and cultural assets.
- 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.
- 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
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 Prosperous and Resilient City
- A Sustainable City
- An Accessible City
- A Healthy and Safe City
- A City That Respects Its Uniqueness
- A City That Balances Good Places and New Spaces
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.
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 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.