Comprehensive and Long-Range Planning

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The Code of Virginia requires every community to adopt a comprehensive plan that guides development. The comprehensive plan must guide "...a coordinated, adjusted, and harmonious development of the territory which will, in accordance with present and probable future needs and resources, best promote the health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity, and general welfare of the inhabitants." Comprehensive plans must be reviewed for amendments at least once every five years.

Comprehensive Plan Update

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires regular review and, if needed, updates to a community’s plan – and it is now time for Vienna to update its plan with an eye toward the next 20 years. Click here to learn more.

2015 Town of Vienna Comprehensive Plan 

The Comprehensive Plan is divided into nine chapters, each of which focuses on specific elements of the Town’s existing and future development. These chapters provide an overview of current conditions, relevant history, and identify the Town’s goals, objectives, implementation strategies, and indicators as they relate to that topic.

    Download the complete Town of Vienna 2015 Comprehensive Plan, including most recent amendments.

    Comprehensive Plan Chapters

    • Vision Statement:  A formal description of what the community wants to become.
    • Introduction:  An overview of the plan's organization and statutory requirements.
    • Community Profile:  A history of settlement and development of the Town as well as information about demographics and trends.
    • Land Use:  Information regarding existing land uses within the Town and the Future Land Use Map, which provides a vision for the Town and guides development decision-making.  In addition, Maple Avenue and Church Street are highlighted as focus areas due to their importance within the Town.
    • Economic Development:  Background on nonresidential development and commerce in the Town and guidance for additional actions the Town may take to encourage economic development.
    • Transportation:  An overview of existing conditions, parking, transit, and modes of transportation that are relevant to the Town’s citizens and businesses.
    • Community Facilities and Services:  A section that focuses on a variety of facilities and services that are integral to the Town.
    • Parks and Recreation:  Information regarding the many parks, recreational opportunities, and community facilities within Town.
    • Environment and Sustainability:  A description of key environmental characteristics and requirements affecting the Town.
    • Implementation:  Focuses on actions or tools that the Town can use to carry out strategies listed in the plan.
    • Appendix:  Supporting text, charts, graphs, tables, maps, and a glossary.

    Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan

    In between the state-mandated review every five years, the comprehensive plan may be updated as needed. Recent amendments to the plan include:

    • PF-61-19-COMP:  An amendment to change the Future Land Use Plan (page 38) and Community Facilities and Services chapter (pages 98-99) related to Town-owned properties located at 114 Locust St. SW and 440 Beulah Rd. NE. Adopted by Town Council Feb. 3, 2020.
    • PF-42-20-COMP:  An amendment to change the Future Land Use Plan (page 38) and Community Facilities and Services chapter (page 98) related to a Town-owned property located at 301 Center St. S Adopted by Town Council Oct. 5, 2020.

    Historical Comprehensive Plans