State law requires every board of supervisors in the Commonwealth to adopt a comprehensive plan and to update the plan at least every five years. The plan is a set of documents that describes the County’s vision of future development. It typically includes maps, plats, charts and other descriptive data. The Comprehensive Plan assists localities in deciding if, when and where to stimulate growth and to prepare for its consequences. The current plan contains several sub-area plans that offer a vision for what future development in certain communities of the County should look like. Current sub-area plans include Ladysmith, Carmel Church, Port Royal, Cedon, Dawn, Chilesburg, Skinker's Neck and Bowling Green/Milford. Many sub-area plans were developed by a committee made up of local residents. Each component was reviewed and approved by the Board of Supervisors following public meetings and public hearings. Copies of the comprehensive plan may be obtained by contacting the Planning Department at 804-633-4303 or by visiting theComprehensive Plan page.