Community Participation Team

About the Community Participation Team

The Community Participation Team (CPT) is responsible for encouraging, facilitating and reporting citizen participation throughout the Comprehensive Plan process. The team primarily works in partnership with staff and the Planning Commission in the coordination of publicity efforts, educating the public, sponsoring public meetings and other input opportunities, encouraging fellow residents and business members to participate in the planning process and putting together a summary report on the public outreach and engagement process and the citizen feedback received. 

Public Meeting Objectives

During the first CPT meetings the CPT discussed what they wanted to achieve during the public engagement process. The following are objectives that the CPT will strive to achieve during the process:

  • Community members will be given the choice and access to engage in the planning process through multiple activities.
  • Educational opportunities will advance the community’s understanding of critical planning issues.
  • Public engagement efforts will seek to engage a diversity of residents that is representative of the community.
  • Participants’ opinions will be respected, well documented, and will help inform policy direction in the Plan.
  • Public engagement efforts will seek to inspire trust and continued interest and involvement in the process.
  • Clear documentation, project publicity, and engagement activities will articulate how public inputs have been used to help inform policy direction throughout the process.
  • Community engagement will be record breaking and surpass statistics of past planning efforts.

Meeting Dates

Unless otherwise noted on the Agenda, meetings are held at 4 p.m. in the Building D Large Conference Room at the James City County Government Complex at 101 Mounts Bay Road. Please see the Agendas & Minutes page for details and whether the current meeting is on location or via internet video-conferencing. 


Jan. 11, 2021
CPT Meeting
4 p.m.
Jan. 14, 2021
Community Chat
12 p.m.
Jan. 21, 2021
Community Chat
6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28, 2021
Community Chat
12 p.m.
Feb. 1, 2021
CPT Meeting
4 p.m.
Feb. 4, 2021
Community Chat
6:30 p.m.
Mar. 8, 2021
Joint PCWG/CPT Meeting
4 p.m.
Mar. 29, 2021
CPT Meeting
4 p.m.
Apr. 12, 2021
CPT Meeting
4 p.m.


Jan. 13, 2020
Jan. 27, 2020
Feb. 10 2020
April 20, 2020
May 4, 2020
May 18, 2020
June 8, 2020
June 29, 2020
July 15, 2020
July 27, 2020
Aug. 10, 2020
Aug. 24, 2020
Sept. 14, 2020
Sept. 17, 2020
Sept. 22, 2020
Sept. 30, 2020
Oct. 12, 2020
Oct. 28, 2020
Nov. 16, 2020
Nov. 30, 2020
Dec. 14, 2020


Aug. 19, 2019Aug. 26, 2019Sept. 17, 2019Oct. 3, 2019Oct. 14, 2019Oct. 28, 2019
Nov. 4, 2019Nov. 18, 2019Dec. 2, 2019Dec. 16, 2019


Citizen members of the CPT are Rachel Becke, Rebecca Bruhl, Glen Carter (Chair), Thomas Hitchens, Philip Piper and Ginny Wertman (Vice Chair). Planning Commission members of the CPT include Julia Leverenz, Jack Haldeman, Rich Krapf and Tim O’Connor. 

Download the Community Participation Team Job Description (PDF) to learn more about primary duties, tentative meeting dates and past CPT highlights.

Engage 2045 Community Participation Team

Back (left to right): Tom Hitchens, Jack Haldeman, Phil Piper, Rich Krapf; Front (left to right): Rachel Becke, Julia Leverenz, Ginny Wertman and Glen Carter. Not pictured: Rebecca Bruhl and Tim O’Connor