About the Plan
The Roanoke County Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for the future growth and development of the county over the next 10 to 15 years. It provides direction and guidance, for both the public and private sectors, in making decisions about land development, public services and resource protection. This plan allows decision makers to study the long-term consequences of current decisions and recognize that today's actions will impact the county for many years to come.
Roanoke County Comprehensive Plan (Revised 2005)
- Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF)
- Chapter 2 - Vision Statements (PDF)
- Chapter 3 - Land Use Issues (PDF)
- Chapter 4 - Community Facilities (PDF)
- Chapter 5 - Resource Preservation (PDF)
- Chapter 6 - Future Land Use Guide (PDF)
- Chapter 7 - Planning Area Analysis (PDF)
- Chapter 8 - Comprehensive Plan Implementation (PDF)
Plans & Studies
Plans and Studies Adopted as Part of the Comprehensive Plan
- Community Facilities Map (Adopted April 22, 2008) (PDF)
- Glenvar Community Plan (Adopted January 24, 2012)
- Hollins Area Plan (Adopted November 11, 2008)
- Mount Pleasant Community Plan (Adopted May 26, 2008)
- Route 220 Corridor Study (Adopted November 13, 2007)
- Route 221 Area Plan (Adopted January 27, 2009)
- Vinton Area Corridors Plan (Adopted February 23, 2010)
- 2018 Roanoke Valley Greenway Plan (Adopted June 27, 2018) (PDF)
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC)/Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) Adopted Plans and Studies
- 2012 Bikeway Plan for the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (PDF)
- Vision 2040: Roanoke Valley Transportation; the Constrained Long-Range Multimodal Transportation Plan (CLRTP) (PDF)
- 2035 Rural Long Range Transportation Plan (PDF)
- Park and Ride Study (2009) (PDF)
- Route 419 Corridor Study (2010) (PDF)
- Rural Bikeway Plan (2006) (PDF)
- Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley
Previous Comprehensive Plans
Revised from 1974 Comprehensive Plan (PDF)
For additional information or assistance, please contact Megan Cronise at 540-772-2106.
Future Land Use is one component of the Roanoke County Comprehensive Plan. The Future Land Use Guide is a policy framework for future land use decisions within the County. Used in conjunction with the Future Land Use Map, this Guide serves as a reference for citizens on the most desirable locations for future land use activities throughout the County.
Future Land Use Designations should be used by Roanoke County citizens and property owners when evaluating alternative uses for their land and will be used by Roanoke County staff, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the evaluation of requested land use amendments.
Future Land Use Designations
The following designations are used to identify areas around the county where certain activities occur or are anticipated. The types of land uses that are desirable within each designation are also described. This section also includes land use determinants - factors that are used to evaluate requested changes to the Future Land Use Map.
A future land use area that is particularly environmentally sensitive.
A future land use area where a variety of industry types are encouraged to locate.
A future land use area where high intensity urban development is encouraged.
A future land use area of mostly undeveloped, outlying lands.
A future land use area where most new neighborhood development will occur.
A future land use area where limited development activity has historically occurred and where suburban or urban development patterns are discouraged.
A future land use area that for a mix of commercial, tourist-related and limited industrial uses related specifically to destination resort facilities.
A future land use area where lower intensity commercial, institutional and residential growth is surrounded by a broad mix of development.
A future land use area intended to serve as focal point for the Glenvar Community.
A future land use area that encourages the orderly development of highway frontage parcels.
A future land use area intended to preserve an existing mix of uses and zoning districts develop a further mix of uses.
A future land use area for a mix of educational, institutional, limited commercial, recreational, and open space related to a college/university campus.
A future land use area for established single-family neighborhoods and the conservation of the existing development pattern.
A future land use area which serves as the commercial and institutional center of surrounding rural residential and farming establishments.