Postcards From A Future Together
Shenandoah County Historical Community Atlas
“The future is challenging.” Shenandoah County’s Commission On The Future Report, November 1998
A Comprehensive Plan is the overarching road-map to describe where a community plans to go for the next 20 years. All municipal governments must develop a comprehensive plan every 20 years in order to be in accordance with VA § 15.2-2223. In addition to developing new comprehensive plans every 20 years, municipal governments must update their comprehensive plans every five years, with more comprehensive updates at the ten year mark.
The comprehensive plan represents the citizen’s future vision for the County. This plan will be built on the opinions and desires of local residents. Your input is needed in order to make this plan, your plan.
The current comprehensive plan was last updated in June 2019 as a new economy or economic development chapter was adopted. The current plan was originally implemented in 2005 and was based on a report from 1998 titled, “Commission On The Future.” The current plan will expire in its entirety by 2025, which is why we are working on this new 2045 plan. The current comprehensive plan has continuously been updated thanks to the diligent and caring work by a group of unpaid volunteers known as the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. This organization fills the role that a typical private firm would, and saves Shenandoah County tens of thousands of dollars of tax revenue every year.
On August 28th, 2019 the Citizen’s Advisory Committee of Shenandoah County started work on the fourth Comprehensive Plan for the community. In order to christen the proposed new plan, the Committee agreed on the title, “Shenandoah 2045: A Future Together.” The committee laid out a broad scope for community outreach, with the first six months of their work composing of developing a community survey to better inform the next 20 years. This survey was launched on March 20, 2020 and will remain open until the Committee moves to close it. The survey can be found here: Shenandoah 2045: A Future Together Survey.
In addition to the community survey that was launched, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee plans to host meetings across the County in order to address the over 100 forgotten communities in Shenandoah County including villages, hamlets, burgs, hollows, and other settlement communities. These include Moore’s Store, Walker’s Chapel, Seven Fountains, Mount Olive, and many more. As some of you may have read John Wayland’s A History Of Shenandoah County, which ends in 1927, we want to know what happened since then and why many of the communities discussed in the book have faded away, in addition to the future we can build together to revive the communities.
A list of the dates of the community discussions will be released later this year.
In addition to the survey and community discussions, we are launching Shenandoah 2045: SHARE A Future Together where anyone can send in letters, emails, notes, recipes, pictures, videos, audio recordings, art, music, and other aspects to describe the history, present, and future of Shenandoah County.
We are accepting submissions here: https://forms.gle/3VhVugBZK7ZK1DAt5 (Requires a Google Email)
Via email to THinkle@shenandoahcountyva.us with the subject line: Shenandoah 2045: SHARE A Future Together
Or by mail or hand delivery to 600 North Main Street, Suite 107, Woodstock, Va 22664 addressed to Shenandoah 2045: SHARE A Future Together
If you ever have any questions or need to talk to someone, you can reach out to the County Planner, Tyler Hinkle here:
Office: Shenandoah County Office Of Community Development 600 North Main Street, Suite 107, Woodstock, Va 22664
“There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to…” plan, “…and that time has come now. ” Peter Mulenburg January 1776 with, “fight,” replaced with, “plan.”