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The Importance of Planning

Planning provides guidance for future development and creates a long term vision for the Town. Through planned public facilities and services, the Town anticipates future needs while maintaining community values. Anticipating future needs and improvements allows the Town to budget for these infrastructure improvements and guides the investment of public funds and services.    

Planning future land use helps avoid conflicts and incompatible land uses while protecting quality of life. Mapping out future land use patterns also protects the Town's natural resources and ecology. 

Not only is planning required by the Virginia State Code, it protects the Town from legal challenges by providing a rational, predictable basis of decisions that reflect public interest.