2012/2013 Coordinated Comprehensive Plan Updates in
James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg
In 2008 the governing bodies of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg adopted resolutions supporting coordinated preparation of the localities’ Comprehensive Plan updates. In accordance with the resolutions adopted by the governing bodies, the Planning staffs have undertaken data collection, studies and public input opportunities. These have included:
- A joint transportation study commissioned by the localities and prepared by the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.
- An inventory of existing land uses as of Oct. 1, 2011, using consistent land use categories used to create maps of the focus areas to provide to the public in fact sheets at the Community Forums.
- York County staff took the lead in compiling information on various planning topics for the three localities. These topics include demographics, economy, housing, and transportation. Materials include a “statistical snapshot” summary of demographic and economic data for the Historical Triangle and additional information on each topic. These materials are available at the website that has been set up for the coordinated process.
- Four Community Forums took place in Feb. and March of 2012 – these meetings concentrated on each of the four geographic focus areas (Riverside/Busch/Marquis area, Northeast Triangle area, Pottery/Lightfoot area and Lower York. All materials that were presented at these meetings and the public comments that were received can be accessed at the joint website, under the Public Comments tab.
- A joint Planning Commission work session was held on April 30, 2012, so that Planning Commissioners from all three jurisdictions could review comments made at the Community Forums and identify areas of common concern.
These activities were designed to inform and lead into the individual efforts of each jurisdiction in separately updating its Comprehensive Plan. These activities also led into the production of a report summarizing the coordination effort. The report highlights regional scale background information on various planning topics and describes the areas and topics where the localities had similar approaches as well as those where the localities’ approaches were different. The report does not include new or different text from what is in each separate Comprehensive Plan and does not include any regional goals, strategies or actions. The staffs of the jurisdictions finalized the summary report following adoption of York County’s Comprehensive Plan (link to http://www.yorkcounty.gov/CountyGovernment/Administration,County/Planning/ComprehensivePlan.aspx) on Sept. 3, 2013 and the City of Williamsburg’s adoption of its Comprehensive Plan (link to http://www.williamsburgva.gov/index.aspx?page=1209) on Jan. 10, 2013. James City County had more recently adopted is Comprehensive Plan in 2009, so instead of adoption of an updated Plan, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors provided guidance that the various components be brought forward for adoption and endorsement. The updated Regional Bikeway Map was adopted by the Board of Supervisors at its September 10, 2013 meeting. Endorsement of the joint Transportation Study and the final summary report will be scheduled for Board of Supervisors consideration in the upcoming months. Endorsement of these documents would serve the purpose of formalizing their status as resource documents for the County’s upcoming Comprehensive Plan update.
The final summary report will be posted at this site once it is endorsed, please check back again soon.