Following a months-long process to collect feedback from residents and other local stakeholders about what they want for the future of Virginia Beach, the City’s Comprehensive Plan team has proposed high-level draft policies to guide development throughout the City for the next 20 years and beyond. 

Take a look and complete the survey to let the team know if they got it right or if anything has been missed.

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About the Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) is a formal document produced through the City's Comprehensive Planning process and projects Virginia Beach 20 to 25 years into the future. The Comp Plan guides development and investment across the city, and all Capital Improvements Program (CIP) projects and new land development projects are evaluated for consistency with the Comp Plan.

It is authorized by the state through enabling legislation, Section 15.2-2223 of the Virginia Code, which requires all localities to prepare a formal document from this process called a Comprehensive Plan. As outlined in Section 15.2-2230 of the state code, the Comp Plan is reviewed by the Planning Commission at least once every five years to determine whether amendments need to be made to the document.

Process Update

Step I: The Virginia Beach City Council and Planning Commission vote to approve the development of a plan based on a recommendation from City staff. This approach expands on existing City Council priorities and goals that were established during the council's yearly retreat. ​Status: COMPLETE

Step II:
The Commonwealth of Virginia requires the Planning Commission to conduct a thorough study of existing conditions and trends prior to developing the Comprehensive Plan. In the past, a City-staff prepared technical report detailed those findings; this year, however, staff created an interactive Existing Conditions StoryMap that provides a richer understanding of the community environment. Status: COMPLETE

Step III:
Various public input and outreach opportunities are provided through surveys, public meetings, and civic league and community group presentations. That feedback is used to shape the vision of the Comprehensive Plan and other City strategic planning. ​Status: ONGOING

Step IV:
Develop a draft plan through extensive multi-departmental staff collaboration, Planning Commission workshops, City Council briefings, public meetings and focus groups.

Step V:​
A series of public hearings are held to review the updated Comprehensive Plan draft, starting with the Planning Commission and followed by the City Council, which must vote to adopt the plan.

Shaping Tomorrow: Comprehensive Plan 2040

Virginia Beach Comprehensive Plan - Shaping Tomorrow Today
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If you have any questions or comments regarding the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, please email