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View the Town of Warrenton comprehensive plan! Plan Warrenton 2040, adopted by the Town Council on April 13, 2021, serves as Warrenton's Comprehensive Plan. It is the summation of public outreach, steering committee meetings, public workshops and surveys, public hearings, and work sessions with the Planning Commission and Town Council. The February 16, 2021 Certified Copy is the adopted version and available to view by clicking on the cover photo below. 

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 below to view the April 13, 2021 Adopted Comprehensive Plan
*right-click and select "open in a new tab" to best utilize the Compehensive Plan hyperlinks



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.

Public Outreach

Previously, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on July 21, 2020 and held subsequent works sessions on: 

March, 2019 Public Open House and Public Workshops
March – August 2019 Key Stakeholder Meetings
July 23, 2019 Planning Commission Work Session
August 28, 2019 Public Workshop
September 5, 2019 Town Council Work Session
January 15, 2020 Public Workshop
June 16, 2020 Planning Commission Work Session
June 23, 2020 Planning Commission Work Session
July 21, 2020 Planning Commission Public Hearing
July 28, 2020 Planning Commission Work Session
August 25, 2020 Planning Commission Work Session
September 22, 2020 Planning Commission Work Session
October 20, 2020 Planning Commission Work Session
December 11, 2020 Planning Commission Work Session
January 26, 2021 Planning Commission Work Session
February 11, 2021 Planning Commission Work Session
February 16, 2021 Planning Commission Certification of Comprehensive Plan

Town Council
March 9, 2021 Public Hearing (Held Open)
April 13, 2021 Public Hearing
April 13, 2021 Town Council Resolution to Approve and Adopt

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

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. 

Walkability Audit Report
Complete Streets Recommendations Report

Urban Development Areas
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. 

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.

Previous Comprehensive Plan - Prior to April 13, 2021
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: