Comprehensive Plan Update

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Comprehensive Plan Update – Creating an Exceptional Future

The Chesapeake Planning Department is updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan! Throughout this two-year process, there will be many opportunities for residents and stakeholders to provide input on the future of our City. Looking towards the year 2045, together we will envision a Chesapeake where there is an opportunity for everyone to Live, Learn, Work, Farm, and Play.

Public Input Opportunities - Chesapeake 2045

Thanks to everyone who took our Green Space Survey, which closed on December 1st. Please check back soon to this webpage for the survey results.

Text Updates: Text "Ches2045" to 888777 to receive text updates about public input opportunities. 

Email updates: Email us to receive email notifications about public input opportunities.

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What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is a City’s guide to how it will move into the future, whether that be with new growth and development, or protection and preservation of the things we have. It provides the City with policies and recommendations on a range of topics from economic development to environmental sustainability and resilience to transportation to placemaking and design. This plan helps us visualize where new roads and infrastructure may be needed in the future, and valuable natural resources and assets that must be protected.  

The Comprehensive Plan is used by City departments and elected officials in decision-making, and can be a useful resource for individuals and businesses who live and work here.

For more information about the Comprehensive Plan Update, please contact project manager Lucy Stoll by email at or call 757-382-6176.

View the current Comprehensive Plan

Demographic and Housing Needs Assessment for the City of Chesapeake

Before we establish goals, policies, and action strategies to move our City into the future, it's important to understand what Chesapeake looks like today. Report One (PDF) provides valuable information on what our population and housing stock and market looks like today, and what trends we expect to see in the future. For example, households are shrinking and aging across the United States, and that trend is occurring in Chesapeake, too. Report Two (PDF) reviews Chesapeake's economy, including our workforce, and industry trends. Finally, Report Three (PDF) evaluates different development patterns and strategies, and how land might be used in the future.