Northampton County hired the Berkeley Group to consult on the rewrite of the County’s Comprehensive Plan at its Tuesday night meeting.

County Administrator Charlie Kolakowski said the rewrite of the plan is long overdue:

 

The Berkeley Group will be conducting a lot public outreach during the process and will be targeting plenty of constituent input. They plan to target groups for input who, according to Kolakowski, traditionally might not speak at public hearings.

Board Chairman Spencer Murray, echoing comments from Supervisor Robert Duer, said the Comprehensive Plan needs to be rewritten:

 

The price tag for the Berkeley Group is $125,515 and the target completion date will be fall of 2020.

According to Virginia law, localities are required to rewrite their Comprehensive Plan every five years, and Northampton has not done so since 2009. Previous attempts by the Planning Commission were met with strong opposition from certain constituents who said the plan was too negative in tone and did not gather enough constituent input. The Board of Supervisors ultimately conceded to the detractors and voted against approval.