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The Town of Warrenton’s Comprehensive Plan serves as 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 §15.2-2223 requires local planning commissions to "prepare and recommend a comprehensive plan for the physical development of the territory within its jurisdiction.

Town of Warrenton’s Comprehensive Plan Update
www.warrentonplan. com

The Planning Commission held work sessions on June 16th, June 23rd, and July 28th on the draft Comprehensive Plan. A public hearing was held on July 21st that allowed interested people to speak in person of submit written comments during the open comment period of July 6th through July 21st.   The Planning Commission voted to table action at its Regulator Meeting on August 18th. This meeting may be viewed online by clicking on the meeting date link at:


A complete copy of the proposed Comprehensive Plan is available for review in Town Hall located at 18 Court Street, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  The Draft Comprehensive Plan is also found with more information on the process is available by clicking here..

This is an exciting time to be part of the Warrenton community as we come together to envision the next twenty years. To we began the conversation, it was important to assess what is important to us - all of us. As such, the Town is committed to reaching out in new ways to seek the thoughts of the community. And it began with our children.

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 here*:

Student Postcard Project

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 presented to the Planning Commission and Town Council in October 2017. The Walkability Audit Report and Complete Streets Recommendations Report will both serve to inform the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Walkability Audit Report
Complete Streets Recommendations Report

On March 13, 2018, the Town Council updated the 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. These UDAs establish a vision for specific areas in Town and will serve as a foundation for the discussion in the full update currently underway. 

Urban Development Areas Policies and Goals
Future Land Use Map

*Disclaimer: 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.

Current 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:


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