Long Range Planning

Long Range Planning is the public-input driven process of developing a community vision with goals and objectives extending 10, 20, and even 40 years into the future, and then determining what action steps and implementation tools to pursue in reaching those goals.

Long Range Planning is a highly collaborative effort, holistically evaluating and utilizing resources across all disciplines of County administration and community social structure to create a vibrant and engaging lifestyle for all residents and visitor of the County to enjoy.

Long Range Initiatives

County Comprehensive Plan

Small Area Planning

Small area planning is a coordinated public effort to develop a long-term land use plan for a predefined, limited area or element which recognizes the unique characteristics of the location and the specific vision of the residents there. This process involves Planning Staff collaborating with the citizens and stakeholders which will be most effected by the plan outcomes to develop individual goals and solutions matched to their specific community needs and desires.

Small area plans can address elements of economic development, transportation, historic preservation, community design and beautification, public utilities, public health and safety, hazard mitigation, preservation of open space and working lands, recreation, and education.

Transportation Planning

Recreation, Conservation, and Open Space Planning

The County addresses recreation, conservation, and open space planning as a multi-disciplinary approach across several Departments. The Parks and Recreation Department maintains and oversees the master planning of the County’s district park facilities. You can find copies of the Master Plans for Nike Park, Heritage Park, and Hardy Park at their Master Plans page.

  • Blackwater River Trail

Hazard Mitigation Planning

Hazard mitigation planning is a long term strategy to reduce the losses to the community from natural and man made disasters.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires states and localities to prepare hazard mitigation plans in order to be eligible for mitigation funding. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) has created a hazard mitigation plan for the Southside of Hampton Roads.  The multi-jurisdictional participation includes Isle of Wight County and the Towns of Smithfield and Windsor.  Every five years, the plan must be updated.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies possible hazards and analyzes the risk of each event through a probability rating index. Each locality outlines mitigation actions which they would like to commence during the five year period such as the county acquiring flood prone property from private landowners.  Setting these goals allows the locality to be eligible for hazard mitigation grant funding.

Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan



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