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Welcome to the 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Welcome to the information center for the update to the James City County 2009 Comprehensive Plan, Toward 2035: Leading the Way.

View the adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

What is a Comprehensive Plan and why is it important?

Have you ever wondered how County initiatives start, such as the Norge Depot relocation, the making of the Capital Trail, or the development of New Town? The answer is frequently the Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan is a planning document which guides infrastructure, development, County policies and public services over the next ten to twenty years. This document, reviewed and adopted by the Board of Supervisors, is the County’s long-range vision plan. It defines and articulates what the community is striving to become. During the Comprehensive Plan update, County staff will reach out to the community through public meetings and surveys where citizens, businesses and community leaders can share their ideas for the County.  This is an exciting time for the entire community to realize how their voice matters.


Major Milestones

Appointment of the Community Participation Team (CPT) and start of meetings

Collection of survey data from the community

Submission of Land Use applications by landowners for review

Public Meetings and CPT Forums

Planning Commission (PC) Work Sessions to review draft document and Land Use map

PC/Board of Supervisors consideration of plan






June 23, 2015


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In addition to citizen input, another important part of the Comprehensive Plan update is an analysis of trends and potential future needs. The transportation network is one example of infrastructure that requires careful study during each update process. In the coming months, staff will review and incorporate an analysis projecting traffic volume and demand on the County’s road network. Based on this analysis, certain road segments are identified for future expansion and improvement projects. The County will then use the guidance in the Comprehensive Plan to prioritize and apply for roadway funding.

Once the initial round of feedback has been collected and staff has completed an assessment of the status of the County, staff will draft text and develop goals, strategies and actions that will set in motion a process for long-range plans that may take many years to fully realize.

Let’s see how public input taken from the last update process shaped initiatives that produced results.

In the 2007 citizen’s survey, completed for the Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2009, citizens indicated that the County needed to work towards achieving a better mix of housing inventory for low, middle and high income housing options. The Board of Supervisors adopted a goal in the 2009 Comprehensive Plan to increase the availability of affordable and workforce housing. Several actions have taken place to help achieve this goal including:

  • In 2011, the County awarded a contract to construct infrastructure, including new streets, in the Ironbound Square Subdivision. The subdivision will contain 33 new EarthCraft certified homes built by private and non-profit housing partners.
  • In 2012, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Housing Opportunity Policy to recognize the importance of providing housing opportunities which are affordable for homeowners and renters with particular emphasis on households earning 30 to 120 percent of the County’s Area Median Income.
  • In 2012, the Board of Supervisors approved plans for New Town Section 12. The proposed development of 247 townhouse units will include nine residential units that will be rented at rates qualifying as affordable units as determined by the Virginia Housing Development Authority.
  • In 2013, the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) contracted to sell five lots in the Forest Heights Neighborhood Improvement Project area to Habitat for Humanity and four lots to Housing Partnerships Inc (HPI). Habitat will construct homes for five low-and moderate-income households.


This is just a sampling of actions that were taken for one goal that began as a result of your input. Do you have ideas for the future of the County? Please lend your voice to Toward: 2035 Leading the Way.

Please go to the next page to read more success stories.


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