Citizen input needed for Comp Plan and P&R Master Plan updates

Two important Hanover County long-range planning processes are underway in 2022, both requiring the critical component of citizen input in order to truly demonstrate community-based planning.

The County’s Comprehensive Plan, updated at five-year intervals, is now on a two-year timeline for review and update. The Parks and Recreation Department’s Master Plan update, its first since 2010, is commencing a process that is long overdue.

Hanover County daily wrestles with the myriad issues attending growth, development and rural preservation — a persistent balancing act.

Citizens need to be a part of the conversation charting a Hanover County future that respects a common sense approach among these interests. What are the best plans and procedures for roads, housing, ennvironmental standards, rural preservation, economic development, green spaces/pocket parks/passive recreation, land use planning? These and other issues are on the table.

The Comp Plan update, termed Envision Hanover, is starting to roll. Citizen input begins officially with these community listening sessions:

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) 

Oak Knoll Middle School 

Patrick Henry High School 

Thursday, February 10, 2022 (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) 

Atlee High School 

Mechanicsville High School 

Citizens may drop in at any time during these open houses to provide comments.

Please visit for more information about the planning process and ways to participate virtually, or contact the Planning Department at (804) 365-6171 or via email at  

Parks & Recreation is gathering public input for its updated Master Plan through surveys and public meetings. Please visit the P&R Master Plan webpage to complete the survey and to learn more about the update process:

These are not the only opportunities to voice your wishes and concerns. Please stay in contact with your Supervisors, Planning Commissioners and County officials with your comments:

The citizen voice matters. Thank you for your voice.


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