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What is a comprehensive plan?

The Citywide Plan (a.k.a. The Comprehensive Plan) defines a strategy for guiding the City as it identifies and addresses future changes in ways that will meet the needs of all of Charlottesville’s citizens. The Plan will identify future actions regarding the City’s growth, its priorities, its development and redevelopment, its health and well-being, and the services that it provides.

The Plan is a general framework that defines:

  • The vision for Charlottesville and its people. It reflects the voices of thousands of residents, and is the guiding document for shaping the city’s future.
  • Broad policy recommendations to guide decision-making, addressing a range of topic areas, including land use, community facilities, the economy, environmental sustainability, housing, transportation, historic preservation, urban design, and more.

The existing Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2013. Earlier efforts in 2017 and 2018 sought to update the plan but were halted when the City identified a need to address equity and affordability more holistically in the document. This update is focused on:

  • Ensuring that equity is considered throughout the document
  • Creating a plan to increase housing affordability in the city
  • Updating the land use map (which will be the basis for updates to the zoning ordinance)
  • Adding chapters related to Community Engagement and Plan Implementation (with measurable outcomes)
  • Meaningful and thorough community engagement to aid the above efforts and tell us what else needs to be adjusted – for example, from initial outreach, we know that transportation and climate change are issues that must be addressed

How can I be involved?

We want to hear from you throughout this process! Please visit the Stay Involved page to find out more and subscribe to the email list to get updates about meetings and other opportunities to be a part of this important process.