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

Virginia Code Section 15.2-2230 states that the local planning commission is to review the comprehensive plan at least once every five years to determine whether it is advisable to amend the plan.  On December 16, 2019 the Planning Commission provided recommendations to the Town Council; the council adopted Resolution 20-G-01 on January 28, 2020, affirming the policies and findings of the Planning Commission and providing further guidance for future plan amendments and studies. 

Resolution 20-G-01

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]


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


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.