Updating the Richmond County Comprehensive Plan
We are proud to serve Richmond County, Virginia, in updating its Comprehensive Plan!
Richmond County – the Gateway to the Northern Neck of Virginia – has a unique identity connected to agriculture and the Rappahannock river. The focus of the Comprehensive Plan will be to improve local quality of life, including community facilities and services; support a vibrant local economy while protecting the County’s rural nature; and ensure continued compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act.
In June, we kicked off the project with Richmond County staff, touring the County and seeing firsthand the connection to the river, the rural and agricultural presence, and the unique communities throughout the County. The public workshop, held earlier this month, highlighted key themes for the plan, including river access, broadband availability, and housing – just to name a few! The workshop had a terrific turnout and showed the spirit and dedication of the Richmond County community. In addition to the public workshop, a public survey is available online to gather more input from the community.
Alongside Richmond County staff, we are working with an appointed Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee to guide and facilitate the update. The Advisory Committee will not only steer the direction of the plan but will also act as a direct liaison with the community. They will meet monthly to discuss plan themes, review draft chapters, and provide feedback. The Advisory Committee is comprised of members from the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Wetlands Board, and a representative from each District – totaling nine committee members.
Future tasks will include consideration for VDOT Chapter 729 compliance; streamlining the current plan to succinctly demonstrate community values and goals; and careful crafting of actionable implementation strategies to carry the new plan forward.
The Comprehensive Plan update began in Spring of this year and is slated for adoption in Fall of 2022. Visit the Richmond County landing page to stay up to date on project updates. What doors can we open for you?