The Comprehensive Plan is mandated for each jurisdiction in Virginia and serves as a visioning document for development and land use in the jurisdiction. The Plan covers a twenty-year timeframe and is required to be reviewed and updated as necessary every five years.
The Comprehensive Plan addresses all aspects of our community life-including housing, health, economy, education, transportation, recreation, and the natural environment - and how land use decisions can be made in order to enrich these aspects in an equitable manner. The Comprehensive Plan is based on extensive public input and is adopted or amended only after careful and thorough analysis of the existing conditions, growth trends, and the projected future needs of the area. It is intentionally broad in nature in order to permit flexibility in land use decisions, as there is no "one size fits all" solution for the highest and best use of any given property, and as different demographics in the County require different means of achieving the same quality of life. Ruckersville Area Plan is one specific means of identifying targeted policies and objectives for specific subareas within the County.
While Comprehensive Plans area guide and do not have the force of an ordinance, they do have legal status in marking land use desicions, as established in Virginia State Code 15.2-2232.