The County is required by the Code of Virginia to have a Comprehensive Plan. The Plan is a general, long range policy and implementation guide for decisions concerning the overall growth and development of the County. State law requires that the Planning Commission review their Comprehensive Plan at least once every five years to determine if an amendment is needed.
Gloucester County adopted its first Comprehensive Plan in 1974, which was updated and adopted again in 1980. The County’s second Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1991 and amended to include “The Gloucester Point Plan” (1995) and other information required by the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (2001). Gloucester’s current Comprehensive Plan was adopted in February 2016.
Both the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors hold public hearings on the Plan or any amendments thereto. The Comprehensive Plan is meant to guide County decision-makers to achieve the community’s vision for the future. Therefore, adoption of the plan or amendments requires public input through hearings, citizen task forces, committees, and advisory groups. Surveys and other forms of public participation may also be used to identify community issues and develop strategies for the future.
Future Land Use Map