Land use changes need careful review and thought

As part of the five-year Comp Plan review and update process, property owners are given an opportunity to request changes to future land use designation for their properties. Twenty-one (21) applications were received within the application period last fall. The County will review the applications and will hold public meetings to get feedback on changes in General Land Use Map.

To view the current General Land Use Plan and Major Thoroughfare Map, go to

An important caveat regarding land use change: once a designation changes, growth patterns inevitably change, also. And not necessarily for the better.

See the information for current requests located here:

They may be individually accessed at these links:

Map showing general location:

Listing of requests received:

Links to applications and supporting materials:


Public input sessions for Comp Plan slated

The Envision Hanover team has received input from citizens and has published the slate of events for January and February to receive comment on the areas of land use, economic development and historic resources.

The announcement, as follows, appears on their website:

Based upon the feedback received, the project team has been working to identify key concepts related to land use, economic development, and historic resources. These preliminary ideas will be introduced at a series of events scheduled in January/February 2023. 

In-Person Meetings (Presentation + Open House)

  • Monday, January 23, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Atlee Library
  • Thursday, January 26, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Montpelier Center for Arts and Education
  • Monday, January 30, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Red Barn at Chickahominy Falls
  • Thursday, February 2, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Mechanicsville Library
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Berea Baptist Church (Rockville)


  • Monday, February 6, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) (Log-In Information to Be Posted)

Stop and Chat Events (Informal Discussion with Project Team)

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023 (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.): Atlee Library
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.): Ashland Library
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023 (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.): Rockville Library

Visit to see all materials, resources and documents related to the Comp Plan review and update process to date. Sign up for email notifications there, also.

Strategic Plan workshop slated January 11

This meeting is cancelled. No word yet on a reschedule.

The Hanover County Supervisors will hold a Strategic Plan workshop Wednesday, January 11, 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Supervisors’ conference room located on the second floor of the County Administration Building. The meeting is open to the public, but it is not anticipated that public comment will be taken.

The five-year plan addresses priorities and goals in the areas of economic development, engagement and stewardship, public safety, community, human services and education.

To read the draft: