Plan Warrenton 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Plan Warrenton 2040, adopted by the Town Council on April 13, 2021, serves as Warrenton's Comprehensive Plan. Serving as the Town of Warrenton’s Comprehensive Plan, it is the guiding document for future decisions regarding development, preservation, public facilities, and other key components of community life. The plan seeks to provide a clear vision to help steer the Town while also meeting the state regulations that require local planning. Virginia Code Section 15.2-2223 requires local planning commissions to "prepare and recommend a comprehensive plan for the physical development of the territory within its jurisdiction.” 

Plan Warrenton 2040 is developed to “live” online. The format allows for ease of navigation through the vision of the Town. For people interested in learning more information on the data behind the plan, hyperlinks are provided to do deeper dives into topical areas. Unless specifically identified as "adopted by reference" in the Executive Summary, the hyperlinks are not adopted as part of Plan Warrenton 2040. The document may also be downloaded and printed for those preferring a hard copy. 

Click the image below to view the April 13, 2021 adopted Comprehensive Plan.

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The Student Postcard Project

The Town invited students to participate in the Postcard Project. During March - April of 2016 over 1,000 students from C. M. Bradley Elementary, James G. Brumfield Elementary School, Warrenton Middle School, Fauquier High School, Saint James' Episcopal School, and Highland School participated by expressing what they value in our community today and what they would like to see for our future in 2040. Their submissions, from the youngest 5-year-old to the graduating senior, enlightens all of us to what makes our Town special and the dreams they hold for it.

Please view a sampling of the submissions on the Student Postcard Project page.


The views expressed in the Student Postcard Project are held by the individual student and should not be interpreted as accepted and/or adopted policies or practices of the Town.

Complete Streets & Walkability Reports

Additionally, through a generous grant from the PATH Foundation, the Town conducted 5 Walkability Audits on a sampling of the types of pedestrian environments found throughout town. Over 50 people participated, including residents, business owners, students, and Town and County elected officials. The public input from these audits, combined with a January 2017 Public Workshop, resulted in a set of report recommendations, linked below:

Urban Development Areas

On March 13, 2018, the Town Council updated the Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map by establishing four Urban Development Areas (UDAs). This was part of a two-year process with public involvement funded through a grant from the Virginia Secretary of Transportation's Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment. 

Previous Comprehensive Plan

In 2002, the Town of Warrenton adopted a Vision for the Year 2025 that focuses on the amount, location, and quality of growth. This Comprehensive Plan was updated in 2009 with a supplement that provided updated demographic, housing, community facilities, economic resources, transportation, neighborhood design, and Historic District information. These documents may be accessed in the links below: