CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VIRGINIA
Chesterfield County, with a population of over 314,000, is the largest locality in the Richmond metropolitan area. During the 1980s and 1990s, Chesterfield was also one of Virginia’s fastest growing counties. Since 1992, the County had adopted numerous area plans to guide growth and development, but had not updated its countywide Comprehensive Plan.
Vlad Gavrilovic, while with Renaissance Planning, led a five-firm interdisciplinary team to update Chesterfield’s Plan, which is one of the most significant comprehensive planning projects in recent Virginia history. The process involved integrating a public involvement and visioning process with a series of computer models to evaluate land use, transportation, public facilities, environmental and fiscal impacts.
During development of the Chesterfield County Comprehensive Plan in 2009-2011, the consultant team and the County Planning Department developed and applied communication strategies to address input on the plan, including monthly meetings of a 33- member Steering Committee, numerous public forums in each election district and over 200 individual neighborhood and stakeholder meetings.
The overall outreach strategy for the Comprehensive Plan process was multifaceted involving both “high tech” tools such as web movies, local TV and radio advertising as well as “high touch” with extensive in-person meetings with citizens and officials.
Kirk Turner, Director,
Chesterfield County Planning Dept.
Total Value of Services
Dates of Service
May 2009 – April 2011