Comprehensive Plan

THE ADOPTED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, WITH EDITS AS DIRECTED BY CITY COUNCIL ON AUGUST 14, 2018, WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEB PAGE BY SEPTEMBER 4, 2018.  

Draft Comprehensive Plan


Staff is coordinating review of the draft Comprehensive Plan with the Planning Commission and State and regional agencies.  The schedule for public hearings will be updated and posted once we receive comments back from the agencies.  Staff continues to work on the graphic layout of the document; however, the current draft is available for review here.  

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:

  • 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.

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.

» 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.