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May 21, 2104






Tammy Rosario, Principal Planner
757-253-6685; Email

Citizen phone survey results released


Word Cloud four Survey

A word cloud representing the various themes expressed by survey respondents when asked what they like best about living in the County. As depicted in the figure, many respondents said that they liked that the County was quiet, safe, rural, convenient (with regard to distance to more urban localities for example) and has a sense of history.

The Virginia Tech Center for Survey Research recently completed a series of telephone surveys on behalf of James City County to gauge citizen opinions on topics such as services, programs, facilities, development and more. The survey results will influence the policies studied in the County’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan update and will have an impact on the County’s goals and actions for the next 20 years.


A summary and report of the results, in addition to raw survey result data, are available on Dr. Susan M. Willis, Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Survey Research, will present the survey results to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors during their joint work session on Tuesday, May 27 beginning at 4 p.m. The presentation can be streamed live and on demand at  


The survey is one of the many tools the County will use during the Comprehensive Plan update to analyze public opinion. For a chance to provide your own input, go online; call the hotline 757-259-4990; or attend a Community Workshop on June 9, 10 or 11. Visit for more information.


The Comprehensive Plan is the County’s master plan for guiding future growth as put forth by County citizens. It is reviewed every five years and is used to evaluate development proposals and guide the decisions of County departments over the next 20 years. It covers all aspects of the community, and the 2035 Comprehensive Plan review will focus on economic development, transportation and land use. The Plan update is scheduled to follow a 15-month timeline with a final version ready for consideration by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in the spring/summer of 2015. 


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