2013 Comprehensive Plan

What is the Comprehensive Plan?


A comprehensive plan is a community's "blueprint" for the future. It is the vision of what a community wants to become and the steps needed to realize that vision.

Specifically it is:


  • An official policy document adopted by a local government. It's the broadest policy document a community can have.
  • Used to guide decision-making on long-term physical, social and economic development of the municipality and its environs.
  • Comprised of policy statements, principles, goals, objectives, strategies and maps
  • Implemented over time through many distinct decisions including annual budgeting, department work programs, and development decisions.
  • Required by West Virginia state code for all municipalities that have zoning and subdivision regulations. Since 2004, the law requires plans to be updated every ten years.
Comprehensive Plan Cover Page