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Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan (GWAP)
In September 2013, the Board of Supervisors, Economic Development Authority, and Planning Commission created the Route 3 Strategic Visioning Initiative Steering Committee, now known as the Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan Steering Committee, and appointed two (2) of their respective members to serve as representatives on the Committee. The Committee outlined specific goals and objectives in early January 2014, and retained Spectrum Growth Solutions, LLC, of Richmond, Virginia to conduct and facilitate a planning charette. The charette engaged private sector developers, financial analysts, and engineers, in late March 2014.  From June 2014 until November 2014, the Steering Committee drafted a working draft document entitled the Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan (GWAP).

The Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan is a long-term growth management plan for the next fifty (50) years that creates the atmosphere for a competitive local economy; plans for adequate and appropriate public facilities and services; promotes and protects local historic and environmental assets; and, guides public and private investments to create an attractive and livable community.

The Steering Committee initiated a public comment and review period for the working draft of the Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan (GWAP). The Plan was subdivided into eight (8) subareas, each of which represented unique characteristics in existing land uses; natural, cultural, and historic features; infrastructure; and economic development.

The written public comment period begin December 9, 2014 and concluded on January 2, 2015.  The Steering Committee then reviewed and discussed the comments received and, by consensus, made modifications to the draft document based on the public input, as deemed appropriate.  Upon completion of the public comment and review process, the Board of Supervisors, Economic Development Authority, and Planning Commission received the Steering Committee’s recommended draft plan.  The Plan was then reviewed and formally adopted as part of the Orange County Comprehensive Plan.

To view the Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan Steering Committee website, click here.

To view the entire history of the Visioning Initiative and the Steering Committee, click here.

Adoption of the Plan
On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the Board of Supervisors held a Public Hearing in order to adopt amendments to the 2013 Comprehensive Plan to incorporate the Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan.  The Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan was formally adopted at that time, and was incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan.

View the adopted Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan, dated July 14, 2015.

View the amended 2013 Comprehensive Plan.

Other Plan Documents
View the December 9, 2014, Public Briefing Presentation.

View the December 9, 2014, Public Briefing Recording.

View the Public Comment and Response Matrix.

Historic and Cultural Assets Inventory
Among other recommendations related to planning and zoning, transportation, economic development, and utilities, the GWAP recommended the development and implementation of a Historic and Cultural Assets Inventory for the properties contained in the boundaries of the Germanna-Wilderness Area.

The County engaged with Zann Nelson, Owner of History Quest, to develop an inventory “matrix” of the various historic and cultural assets located in the Germanna-Wilderness Area boundaries.  The work included the following phases: Phase 1: Prepare the Matrix; Phase 2: Populate the Matrix; and Phase 3: Analyze and Present the Findings.  The Cultural Resource Inventory Map, dated April 2012, from the Wilderness Battlefield Gateway Study was referenced as a starting point for the work.

Zann Nelson presented the results of her work, including the final matrix, conclusions, and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on November 9, 2016.  See her presentation here.

View the Historic and Cultural Assets Inventory Matrix.

Economic Development Incentive Policy
View the Orange County Economic Development Incentive Policy, which was reviewed by the GWAP Steering Committee before being formally adopted by the Economic Development Authority and the Board of Supervisors.

UPDATED - GWAP Town Hall Meeting
The County of Orange and the Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan (GWAP) Steering Committee hosted a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, June 29, 2017 to provide an opportunity to update the community on its work to-date to advance the goals of the GWAP.  Topics covered included: economic development; historic and cultural assets; overlay and planned development districts; master utility plan; and transportation.

To view the Town Hall Meeting presentation, click here.

To view the content of the presenter's display boards, click here.

For More Information
For more information on the Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan, please contact the County Administrator's Office at (540) 672-3313.