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.