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Fredericksburg Adopts Comprehensive and Parks Plans for Growth

Fredericksburg City Council has unanimously adopted two significant plans, the 2024 Comprehensive Plan: Gute Stadt (“Good City”) and the 2024 Parks Master Plan: Gutes Leben (“Good Life”), during its recent meeting on Tuesday, March 19.

Mayor Jeryl Hoover highlighted the importance of these plans in maintaining the essence of Fredericksburg and ensuring its success for years to come, stating, “This plan keeps the City Council focused on those things... what made Fredericksburg successful for 178 years and what will keep it successful for hopefully another 178 years.”

This adoption marks the culmination of nearly two years of extensive planning, replacing documents from 2006 and 2016. Both plans are expected to guide the community's development for the next decade.

The city collaborated with planning consultants from Halff in Austin, Texas, throughout the development process, which included various public engagement opportunities such as workshops, meetings, open houses, and surveys.

The Comprehensive Plan serves as a roadmap for growth and development decisions, emphasizing the city's resilience and prosperity while preserving its heritage and community spirit. Director of Development Services, Anna Hudson, explained that the plan provides recommendations for improvements to existing codes and regulations, with future steps including the creation of a Unified Development Code.

The Parks Master Plan focuses on enhancing recreational spaces through capital projects, operational changes, and policy considerations. 

"We are excited for this plan to be adopted and for us to put its recommendations into action," Director of Parks and Recreation Andrea Schmidt said. "Thank you to all of the members of the community, who provided input during the master plan process. We have worked hard in the last five-plus years to enhance our parks system and I look forward to continuing that improvement in the future."

Both plans outline guiding principles, assess current conditions, and provide recommendations for future enhancements, emphasizing inclusivity, equity, and collaboration with local organizations and agencies.

These plans reflect the city's commitment to sustainable development, quality of life improvements, and the preservation of Fredericksburg's unique charm for generations to come.

For more detailed information, please refer to the full document here.

To learn more about the City of Fredericksburg, go to

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