Comprehensive Plan for the
Town of Abingdon
By law, each Virginia jurisdiction must adopt a 20-year Comprehensive Plan, to be updated every five years. Abingdon’s Plan for through 2027 (see Project Documents for the full text) was most recently altered in December 2013, on recommendation of the Planning Commission, which worked with town citizens to prepare the update. The revised document contains the following language:
"The plan is used as a guide for public investment and decisions, as well as to provide the legal foundation for important land‐management tools like zoning and subdivision ordinances. The plan also lays the foundation for future public facilities (roads, utilities, parks, etc.). Legally, the plan controls the general location, character and extent of various features, including streets, parks, public buildings, utilities, etc.; new features must be approved by the local planning commission as being substantially in accordance with the adopted comprehensive plan."
FOA feels that the Town Council has flauted the Comprehensive Plan, by the opaque and improper fashion in which the Meadows-property proposal was handled and in the multitude of ways in which the shopping-center development would be very much in violation of the Plan.