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2019 Comprehensive Plan Update

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What is a Comprehensive Plan?

The Comprehensive Plan is Cape Charles' most important document regarding growth, development, and change. It establishes government policy to help guide public and private activities as they relate to land use and resource utilization. The Comprehensive Plan is the basis for land development regulations and decisions (rezonings, conditional use permits), capital improvements (parks, community trails), transportation, and environmental and historic resource protection initiatives.

Current Comprehensive Plan 

Why should I care?

The policies and implementation strategies in the Comprehensive Plan ultimately impact your day-to-day experience in the community. The plan informs our future mobility and travel options, what new development should look like, and how we interact with our social, economic, and natural environments. Whether you love Cape Charles just as it is, or feel we need change, sharing your voice in the Comprehensive Plan process is one of the most direct ways you can influence the future of the community.

Who decides what goes into the Comprehensive Plan?

The policies and recommendations in the Comprehensive Plan are based on input from the community and Town staff. Staff and the Planning Commission will spend many hours facilitating conversations, collecting data, and working to understand important issues and shared priorities. The draft content of the plan will be prepared by Town staff. The Planning Commission plays an integral part of the review process and will later recommend a final draft to Town Council for formal adoption.

What's happened so far?

The Town held the Comprehensive Plan Kick-off Workshop on July 25. This was the first opportunity for residents to help form the update process and give feedback to local government officials about the future of Cape Charles. The presentation from the workshop can be viewed here.

The focus of the Kick-off Workshop was to discuss the Comprehensive Plan update process, project goals, and citizen/stakeholder expectations. Input from the Kick-off Workshop will be used help to shape the planning process and ultimately the new Comprehensive Plan.

Click Here - Results from the Comprehensive Plan Kick-off Workshop!
Click Here - Results from the Comprehensive Plan Community Survey!
Click Here - Results from the January 29, 2020 Northampton County Eastern Shore Regional Housing Workshop - Small Group Exercise

The Comprehensive Plan update will be discussed at every Planning Commission regular meeting and work session starting at the June 6, 2019 meeting. To view the meeting agenda, video, and minutes, visit the Planning Commission meeting minutes page of our website. 

Scope and Schedule for the Comprehensive Plan


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