There are many opportunities to make your voice heard to help create the next Comprehensive Plan, the guiding document for growth and preservation in Chesapeake. The Comprehensive Plan, "Chesapeake 2045", is the overarching guide for the entire City and there are also smaller plans that hone in on more specific sections and interests (rural areas, trails and open spaces, South Norfolk, Greenbrier, etc.). Your thoughts are critical to this process and the time to get involved is now.
Keep an eye on this page or text "Ches2045" to 888777 to receive text updates about input opportunities. Are you a member of a civic league, faith organization, or community group that might be interested to learn more? Contact the Planning Department to request a presentation.
Chesapeake 2045 Comprehensive Plan
The 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. Thank you for participating in the surveys and open houses we've had so far. Stay tuned because there's more to come!
Trails & Connectivity Plan
The Trails and Connectivity Plan (TConn) is focused on developing a rich network of open spaces, trails, recreational waterways, and more. This plan will expand upon the Comprehensive Plan. Thank you to all who contributed to our initial survey and the interactive map, as well as those who attended the initial open house. More input opportunities will be available as this project progresses.
Greenbrier Area Plan
Work on this exciting plan continues following its second open house in November 2023 where staff presented preliminary ideas and concepts with the community and received even more great feedback. The Greenbrier Area Plan will guide future development, help maintain the area’s economic advantage in the marketplace, and attract new businesses and residents too by improving the qualities that make Greenbrier unique. More input opportunities to come!
Rural Area Listening
Thank you to all those who took part in our small groups listening sessions. We received great feedback, which will be complied into a report for Chesapeake City Council to help inform policy decisions.
South Norfolk Design Guidelines
We received great feedback from the South Norfolk community on necessary updates to the design guidelines. Staff are now compiling the feedback to make updates to the guidelines which will be presented to the community.
Indian River Design Guidelines
The Indian River Design Guidelines will provide staff, property owners, and other users with guidelines that will speak to the enhancement of physical character, revitalize the community-oriented main streets and detail the historical significance of the Indian River Planning Area. An open house was held in summer 2023 to receive community feedback on the guidelines.