What is a Comprehensive Plan?
Every 20 years or so, City planners gather ideas and feedback from the community and develop a new Comprehensive Plan. This document helps guide policy decisions and future investments in the City. Comprehensive plans provide a broad vision for the future of the community with recommendations for implementation. This vision includes guidance for land use decisions, pressing community concerns, and economic investment.
While a comprehensive plan is necessary to ensure coordinated development and balanced investment, it is an advisory document. Comprehensive plans are not a guarantee of future development, initiatives, or funding. The implementation section of the comprehensive plan outlines the necessary tools and partners needed to bring the comprehensive plan to life. This includes participation from local government, nonprofits, investors, and community members alike.
The Last 20 Years
The most recent comprehensive plan, Vision 2020, was adopted in 2001 and it accomplished some impressive results. Vision 2020 helped reinvigorate downtown by designating it a historic district. This helped spark interest and incentives associated with the rehabilitation of historic buildings, resulting in the development of 1,000 new residential units downtown. The Greenways weave throughout our neighborhoods today, but 20 years ago the paved trails along the Roanoke River, Lick Run, Tinker Creek, and Mill Mountain were non-existent or unsubstantial. The City also adopted a Complete Streets Policy and Street Design Guidelines, and retrofitted miles of streets to make them more pedestrian and bike-friendly.
Legacy City Plans
View Roanoke’s full history of visionary Comprehensive Planning Projects.
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