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Sep 11

How Do Citizens Participate In The Comprehensive Plan Process?

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 9:38 AM by Communications Department

Effective citizen participation in the planning process ensures that diverse interests and perspectives are considered and incorporated into the comprehensive plan. It also helps gain more widespread public support for plan adoption and implementation. Citizen input informed and guided the planning process for the One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan under the direction of a citizen advisory committee. The 28-member committee was comprised of appointed officials, citizens, and other stakeholders representing a cross-section of our city’s population. This committee assisted the Planning staff with development of the comprehensive plan. comp plan2

A diverse mix of people, representing all walks of life in Newport News, participated in the planning process. Participants included residents, professional organizations, Christopher Newport University students, military personnel, business owners, the Mayor’s Youth Commission, and non-profit organizations. Feedback was gathered through a series of engagement activities including the citywide survey, community workshops, citizen advisory committee meetings, focus groups, and roundtables. To ensure that as many stakeholders as possible had the opportunity to participate in the planning process, Planning staff also accepted input through phone calls, email, the comprehensive plan update webpage, and the City’s social media accounts. Citizen input helped shape the plan’s structure and content.

The draft comprehensive plan was released for public review and comment earlier this summer between July 14 and August 18. It was presented at several community events across the city during that time, and made available online, at the public libraries and in the Department of Planning. Comments received are being reviewed and a revised draft plan is in the works. This fall, citizens will have another opportunity to share their input at the public hearings. These meetings have not yet been scheduled, as the draft plan must first be submitted to several state agencies and organizations for review and comment, as required by the state code. Once comments have been received and addressed, a final draft plan is posted to the City’s website and scheduled for public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council. These hearings are advertised and citizens will have the opportunity to provide comment.  Once the 2040 comprehensive plan goes into effect, citizens should remain engaged to follow implementation of the plan’s recommendations.

Visit the City’s website to look at the current comprehensive plan, Framework for the Future 2030, or to review the progress being made on our update to the Framework, now titled One City, One Future.
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