The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission has authorized the creation of a process to develop a regional strategic plan.
Jai McBride, principal regional planner for HRPDC, said that the first step in developing a regional strategic plan will be establishing community values, identifying what’s important for government agencies, the military, businesses and average citizens throughout Hampton Roads. Gloucester County is a member jurisdiction of HRPDC.
HRPDC is taking the lead for the initial stages of what’s being termed "Envision Hampton Roads," McBride said, which is being modeled somewhat after a statewide plan in Utah.
To gather input, McBride said an online survey has been set up and she hopes many groups and individuals throughout the area will share their views on transportation, health care, economic development and jobs, and other topics. To participate in the survey, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LNPWBL2.
More than 40 people attended a meeting at HRPDC headquarters in late September, McBride said, but no one from Gloucester attended. She hopes that all 16 HRPDC member localities will be represented at future meetings of the new group.
An in-depth analysis is planned of what people value about living in Hampton Roads, McBride said. Establishing these community values is important, she said, "because the values help elected officials and planners understand how growth, transportation and environmental issues can be solved in response to residents’ most fundamental values about quality of life."