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Comprehensive Plan
2015 Comprehensive Plan

On September 8, 2015 the City Council approved the 2015 Comprehensive Plan for the City. 

The Comprehensive Plan is a key document in setting public policy.  The Plan is the principle guide when important land use, transportation, public service, and community facility decisions are made. It is one of the most important public policy guides in Fredericksburg, and should reflect the views of a broad cross-section of Fredericksburg citizens. The Plan reflects discussions and comments by members of the Planning Commission, the City Council, and the many citizens who attended various community meetings.
 
The 2015 Plan articulates the direction for future strategic actions:
 - what we want to achieve (goals),
 - what is most important (policies), and
 - what we are going to do to achieve that (initiatives).

The 2015 Plan begins by restating the future vision of the City. On July 11, 2017, the City Council adopted a new 20-year vision statement, highlighting its goals for the city to:
 - be an employment epicenter,
 - have effective public services,
 - have distinct and linked neighborhoods
 - be a place where learning is a way of life,
 - be a leader in historic preservation,
 - build community through cultural vibrancy,
 - have a green and clean environment, and
 - implement cutting-edge transportation solutions.


Following this is a profile of the community, providing an overview of its character.  The Goals, Policies, and Initiatives of the Plan are then stated.  Sustainability is an overarching theme for this Plan and each of its components. 

The goals of the community for all forms of transportation are stated.  Public services and facilities are identified to promote the highest quality community.  The environmental character of the City is reviewed and the steps to preserve and enhance it are stated.  The options for enhancing business opportunities, both downtown and along the commercial corridors of the City are cited. Also, on July 11, 2017, the City Council amended the business opportunities section to state 10 additional specific goals that echo the concepts in its new vision statement. Maintaining and enhancing the residential neighborhoods are key to improving the community.  Preserving and protecting the unique historic and cultural elements is also vital to keeping the City's unique character.  The special institutions in the City that make invaluable contributions are described. On June 27, 2017, the City Council added text to ensure that there would be adequate public facilities, with appropriate levels of service, for new development.