So what is the Harrisonburg Comprehensive Plan? According to the website . . .
The Comprehensive Plan presents a vision of what kind of community the City would like to be in the future. It identifies the steps required to move toward that vision by providing information about the City’s current conditions, long-term goals and objectives, and recommended implementation strategies. As described in the Code of Virginia, the Comprehensive Plan shall be general in nature; Harrisonburg’s Plan addresses a wide range of issues including land use, housing, education, transportation, recreation, the preservation of historic and natural resources, and economic development. The Plan serves as a long-term guide for the community and it helps city leaders make decisions about the many issues that occur throughout the governance of our city.This February, I participated in a Harrisonburg Summit on Strengthening Local Business and the Economy. One of the sessions I attended was about Downtown green space, convened by Bibb Frazier. At this session I learned a couple of really important things about the future of Downtown Harrisonburg:
- It's going to undergo a lot of development in the near future.
- The Comprehensive Plan, as it now stands, doesn't really address maintaining or creating any green space as part of this development.
- The Planning Commission welcomes citizen input, but
- Almost nobody showed up at the last round of citizen input hearings.
Here's a list of what's being discussed, when, along with a link to the part of the plan under review at the first meeting.