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Residents encouraged to provide input to shape vision for Henrico’s future

HenricoNext process kicks off with website, surveys to gather feedback on services, growth, economic development, other priorities

Henrico County is inviting residents to share their vision for public services, growth, economic development and other needs and priorities as it prepares to update its Comprehensive Plan for the next 20 years.

The Department of Planning is launching HenricoNext, a process to create a cohesive, countywide vision for Henrico in 2045. To begin shaping that vision, residents are encouraged to provide feedback on a host of issues ahead of community meetings that will be scheduled this or next year. Comments may be submitted at henriconext.us.

In addition, two surveys will be conducted by the Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University and Clarion Associates. One survey will ask 5,000 residents – 1,000 from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts – about county services, development patterns and priorities. A second survey will ask 4,000 residents – 800 from each district – about needs in recreation and parks. Participants have been selected randomly to ensure statistically valid results. Letters with links to the surveys and other details will be sent in mid-September.

“Henrico County’s Comprehensive Plan is a foundational document that guides nearly every decision we make and promotes balanced, orderly growth and a high quality of life for our entire community,” Director of Planning Joe Emerson said. “As we prepare for this next update, we encourage residents to participate in the process and share their thoughts and aspirations for what Henrico can and should be.”

The most recent major update of the Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2009. That plan, called Vision 2026, provides a blueprint or guide for growth, with chapters on recommended land uses; natural resources; recreation, parks, open spaces and cultural resources; transportation; and public facilities and utilities. The next plan, expected to be finalized in 2024, is expected to cover the same topics as well as include a focus on pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

 
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