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.
WHO: Anyone interested in the town’s future
WHAT: Five Year Review of the town’s comprehensive plan; What is the 2030 Comprehensive Plan?
SOME OF THE TOPICS: Environment, sustainability, transportation, parks and recreation, residential areas, heritage preservation.
HOW: Provide comments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your thoughts are welcome at any time. Look for public meetings and public hearings in the fall of 2019.
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.
- Planning Commission CPA #17-02 Staff Report
- Final Report: Design Concept for a Cycle Track on the East Side of Herndon Parkway for 2,000 feet South of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park Trail (W&OD Trail), prepared by AECOM, dated September 20, 2016, revised July 14, 2017
- Case Studies for a Cycle Track on the East Side of Herndon Parkway for 2,000 feet south of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park Trail (W&OD Trail), prepared by AECOM, dated September 20, 2016
- Topographic and Right-of-Way Survey, prepared by Wendel Engineering and dated March 16, 2016
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.