Comprehensive Planning

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State law requires the local planning commission to prepare and recommend a comprehensive plan; further, the local governing body shall adopt such a plan for the land under its jurisdiction.  (Section 15.2-2223 of the Code of Virginia)

The purpose of the plan is to guide the present and future physical development of a jurisdiction to promote the health, safety and welfare of its inhabitants. The state code also provides that the plan shall be general in nature and may include elements such as land use, transportation, historic areas, community service facilities, public buildings and utilities.

2030 Comprehensive Plan

2030 Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map


Thank you to all who provided comments and to those who attended the Public Meeting September 25, 2019.   The meeting summary attached here includes input provided during meeting discussions, comments provided on comment cards at the meeting and comments received recently via email.  

September 25, 2019 5-Year Review Meeting Summary

September 25, 2019 5-Year Review Meeting Presentation



A public input meeting will occur on September 25, 2019 at 7:00pm in Herndon Council Chambers Building at 765 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA 20170

WHAT: Five Year Review of the town’s comprehensive plan. What is the 2030 Comprehensive Plan?

WHO: Anyone interested in the town’s future.

TOPICS:  Environment & Sustainability, Transportation, Parks & Recreation, Housing & Neighborhood Conservation, Heritage Preservation, Economic Development... and anything else brought forth by public.

HOW to PARTICIPATE:  Attend Sept. 25 public meeting, provide comments by emailing, provide comments at future public hearings in the coming months.  Future meeting dates will be posted on this webpage.

BACKGROUND: Why is this happening?

Virginia Code section 15.2-2230 states that the comprehensive plan is to be reviewed by the local planning commission at least once every five years to determine whether it is advisable to amend the plan.  The commission may provide findings or recommendations to the Town Council concerning future planning efforts. Since adopting a new comprehensive plan on August 12, 2008, the Town of Herndon has engaged in review of the plan several times through community-driven planning processes.  The planning horizon has been extended beyond 2030 in relation to areas of focus and the following seven plan amendments were adopted by Town Council after being recommended by the Planning Commission:

  • Downtown Master Plan; Resolution 10-G-68 of February 22, 2011
  • Downtown Streetscape Map; Resolution 11-G-59 of September 27, 2011
  • Metrorail Station Area Plan; Resolution 11-G-65 of February 28, 2012
  • Major Street Network Map; Resolution 15-G-02 of January 13, 2015 (extension of Fairbrook Drive)

The amendments above appear within the 2030 Comprehensive Plan.The more recent amendments below are available separately at the links shown:

  • Cycle Track on Herndon Parkway; Resolution 17-G-69 of September 12, 2017 [CPA #17-02]
  • South Elden Area Plan; Resolution 19-G-22 of February 12, 2019 [CPA #18-01]
  • South Elden Street Design Concept; Resolution 19-G-26 of February 26, 2019 [CPA #18-02]


Recent Comprehensive Plan Amendments:

1. CPA #18-01 South Elden Area Plan, adopted by the Town Council on February 12, 2019

2. CPA #18-02 South Elden Street Design Concept, adopted by the Town Council on February 26, 2019

3. CPA #17-02: The Town Council approved CPA #17-02 on September 12, 2017 as recommended by the Planning Commission. 

Case Documents

Transit-Related Growth Area (TRG) Study: The Comp Plan is expected to be amended as part of TRG area planning.  Check the TRG webpage for project updates. 

Please contact Community Development if you would like to obtain a complete hard copy of the comprehensive plan.