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Long Range Planning & Policy
The Comprehensive Planning division oversees the responsible planning and long-range development of the City.
The Comprehensive Plan serves as a blueprint to guide the City's future growth and land use. Moving Forward Chesapeake 2035 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council on February 25, 2014 and amended on November 15, 2016 and December 18, 2018. The entire Comprehensive Plan can be viewed using the flipping book below.
View the Moving Forward – Chesapeake 2035 Comprehensive Plan
If you have any problems downloading the plan, please contact the webmaster.
Section 15.2-2230 of the Code of Virginia requires that a locality review its Comprehensive Plan at least once every five years to determine if it is advisable to amend the Plan. In addition to the two amendments mentioned above, Planning Department staff met with an appointed citizen advisory committee to review implementation of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and provide recommendations for changes. The final report of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Comprehensive Plan Strategies was presented to the Mayor and City Council in August 2018, Mayor's Advisory Committee on Comprehensive Plan Strategies. Several studies and plans will begin in 2022 and we encourage public involvement as we work with subject experts, these will be highlighted in our Hot Topics section on our main Planning Department page.
Quick links to other Comprehensive Plan Resources:
2035 Land Use Plan
2050 Master Transportation Plan
2050 Trails Plan
Other Area Plans and Studies
- Survey Update of Architectural Resources within the Rural Overlay District (2013)
- Poindexter Street Strategic Development Plan, 2004
- South Norfolk Municipal Facilities Study Final Report, 2018
- Great Bridge Village Design Guidelines, 2008
- South Military Highway Corridor Study, 2004
- Indian River/Military Highway Corridor Study, 2021
- Western Branch Land Use – Summary, 2005
- Transportation Corridor Overlay Study (TCOD), 2018
- U.S. Route 17 – Great Dismal Swamp Corridor Study, 2004
- Great Dismal Swamp and Nansemond National Wildlife Refuges
- Water Supply Watershed Management in Hampton Roads, HR Planning District Commission
- City of Chesapeake: A Plan for the Northwest River Watershed, HR Planning District Commission
- Gateway Virginia Innovation District (Frank T Williams Farm Tract), 2018
- Dominion Boulevard Corridor Study and Economic Development Strategic Plan, 2016
Joint Land Use Study Full Report, 2005, and Summary of Actions Taken to Address Land Use and Encroachment in NALF Fentress