What is a Comprehensive Plan?

What is Engage 2045? And how does this relate to James City County’s 2035 Strategic Plan?

Since 1980, every local government in Virginia has been required to have a Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to articulate the long range vision, goals and strategies that will steer future growth and development. The Comprehensive Plan guides future land use decisions and capital investments by landowners, developers, businesses, citizens, and County officials. By considering the types and locations of development and services needed or desired for the future, decision makers are better able to evaluate individual proposals in the context of long-term goals.

Engage 2045 is the planning process to update James City County’s currently adopted Comprehensive Plan, Toward 2035: Leading the Way. It will unite ideas generated by community residents with technical findings explored during the process to create a comprehensive and implementable plan for the future.  

The Comprehensive Plan is the broadest of many planning tools used by James City County. It is a long-range document that identifies policies and actions for the next 25 years. By comparison the County’s 2035  Strategic Plan guides the implementation of shorter term operation initiatives and capital investments that are identified in the Comprehensive Plan and other long-range community plans. It helps decision makers set departmental work plan priorities, annual budgets, and capital improvement plans to achieve the vision of the comprehensive plan. 

Implementation Wheel