Plans and Studies

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Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is the community’s vision for its future. The plan guides future growth in a responsible manner that results in quality development and redevelopment consistent with Blacksburg's character.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Plan.

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Capital Improvement Plan

The CIP is a multi-year financial and project planning document that provides a macro view of the town’s financial position for the next five years while also establishing a plan for future capital needs. 

Learn more about the Capital Improvement Plan

 Central Downtown Rendering showing the downtown strategic plan for central Main Street

Downtown Strategic Plan

The Downtown Strategic Plan presents a vision to guide the evolution of Blacksburg’s Downtown into the years ahead. Rooted in community input and analysis, the plan provides a blueprint for action through policy, capital improvements, and development that advance community priorities.

Learn more about the Downtown Strategic Plan.

 Corridor Overview

Prices Fork Road Safety and Mobility Study 

The Town of Blacksburg has hired consulting firm, VHB, to study the Prices Fork Road corridor between Main Street and the town limits. The focus of the study is to provide recommendations to facilitate safe and convenient pedestrian and bicycle access along and across the roadway corridor while accommodating the critical east-west vehicular and transit traffic flow that occurs along this roadway.

VHB shared the following presentation at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017:

Stakeholder Meeting May 16, 2017 - Public Meeting

Learn more about the Prices Fork Road Safety and Mobility Study

 Front view of the Blacksburg Motor Company Building. This is home to the Planning and Building and Engineering and GIS departments.

Development Review (Matrix) Study

The Town of Blacksburg has completed a study of the administrative development review processes in the Planning and Building Department as well as the Engineering and GIS Department.

Learn more about the Development Review (Matrix) Study.

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Climate Action Plan

Blacksburg is proud to join the majority of U.S. cities that have made a formal commitment to reduce their community’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

Learn more about the Climate Action Plan

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Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Find out about the recommended Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The master plan provides a 20 year vision for the Town of Blacksburg's Parks and Recreation facilities and programs.

Learn more about the Parks and Recreation Master Plan

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Blacksburg Economic Development Strategy Update

This report is an update to the 2001 Economic Development Strategic Plan which focused on ten thematic high priority recommendations. Nearly all of these recommendations have been addressed or accomplished since the plan was completed. The results can be found in the 2013 progress report. 


Learn more about the Blacksburg Economic Development Strategy Update.


Downtown Blacksburg Housing Development Strategies

The purpose of this strategy is to better understand what housing demand exists for downtown and the types of products that must be offered to capture this market demand, with a focus on non-student housing. 

Learn more about the Downtown Housing Study.


Economic Development and Growth Indicators Report

This report focuses on the growth of assessed property values in Blacksburg and the correlation that it has on property taxes generated annually for the Town of Blacksburg and Montgomery County. 

Learn more about the Economic Development and Growth Indicators Report

 North Main Street Strategy

North Main Street: A Strategy for Redevelopment

Development Strategies was tasked by the Town of Blacksburg to evaluate the North Main corridor from the edge of downtown to the commercial area at Giles Road.  This plan summarizes the challenges and opportunities involved in the redevelopment of North Main Street and identifies a path forward that will enable a vibrant mixed-use pedestrian-and bicycle-friendly corridor.

Learn more about the North Main Street strategy for redevelopment

Blacksburg Economic Development Strategy Update

Blacksburg Economic Development Strategy Update

Blacksburg Economic Development Strategy Update

Blacksburg Economic Development Strategy Update

Blacksburg Economic Development Strategy Update

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