The Lexington Planning Commission has led the charge over the past two years to draft a complete update of the Lexington Comprehensive Plan. This plan is ultimately the community’s plan and we invite residents to attend a virtual public forum on June 16, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m. to review the draft plan and to provide vital feedback. The virtual public forum will be held through the Zoom meeting app and you must register your attendance by 5:00 p.m. on June 11, 2020 with Bonnie Tombarge (firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.462.3704) in order to receive an invitation. The June 16, 2020 virtual public forum will also be broadcast live to the City’s Facebook page, recorded, and then uploaded to the City’s Youtube channel.
Staff will provide an overview of the draft plan during the virtual public forum and you are encouraged to ask questions and provide comments. You are also encouraged to submit comments at any time in writing to email@example.com. The draft Lexington Comprehensive Plan can be reviewed at http://lexingtonva.gov/gov/depts/planning_dev/comp_plan_update.htm and a quorum of City Council may attend the public forum.
In early 2018, Lexington began the updating the Comprehensive Plan, a process that will consist of many public meetings and require ample public input over the next year and a half or longer (as long as it takes!).
What is the Comprehensive Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan is Lexington's most important document regarding growth, development, and change. It establishes government policy to help guide public and private activities as they relate to land use and resource utilization. The Comprehensive Plan is the basis for land development regulations and decisions (rezonings, conditional use permits), capital improvements (schools, parks, libraries), transportation, environmental and historic resource protection initiatives.
Why should I care?
The policies and implementation strategies in the Comprehensive Plan ultimately impact your day-to-day experience in the community. The plan informs our future mobility and travel options, what new development should look like, and how we interact with our social, economic, and natural environments. Whether you love Lexington just as it is, or feel we need change, sharing your voice in the Comprehensive Plan process is one of the most direct ways to influence the future of the community.
Who decides what goes into the Comprehensive Plan?
The policies and recommendations in the Comprehensive Plan are based on input from the community and City staff. Staff and Planning Commission have spent many hours facilitating conversations, collecting data, and working to understand important issues and shared priorities over the past year. The draft content of the plan is being prepared by City staff and a consultant. Planning Commission plays an integral part of the review process and will later recommend a final draft to City Council for formal adoption.
In the summer of 2018, residents, business owners, property owners, and other stakeholders were invited to fill out our Community Survey. See the results here. In order for the updated Comprehensive Plan to reflect resident and stakeholder wants and needs, the City must collect input. Data collected with the survey will be used anonymously to help structure and prioritize goals of the Comprehensive Plan, and in turn, define Lexington's future for land use and development.
Community Ideas Board
Have a topic or idea that you would like to see addressed in the Comprehensive Plan? Submit your own idea using this form --> click here for the form. Click the board below to see ideas that have been submitted so far.
What's happened so far?
History and Demographics
How can I follow the process and get involved?
Have a question? Want to suggest an idea? Call or email us!
Planning and Development Department:
Planning Director: Arne Glaeser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Assistant: Bonnie Tombarge, email@example.com