City Plan 2040

In 2018, the City Council passed Resolution 50-18 supporting an update to the 2030 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (City Plan). The next version, City Plan 2040, will include updates to all six of the stated goals of the 2030 version, but places emphasis on the subjects of Housing and Infill as areas of particular interest and concern to City residents.

Fayetteville is growing rapidly, and with the population of Washington County forecast to reach more than 500,000 by 2050 (from approximately 240,000 today), the city will continue to grow. To accommodate this growth, the City is looking at ways we can encourage the development of additional, affordable housing for new residents while remaining true to our stated goal of limiting suburban sprawl as well as our overarching sustainability objective to become a resource-efficient community with the safest, most affordable, and healthiest built environment possible.



Public Input Opportunities

A public survey requesting input on these areas (which closed at the end of 2018) garnered some 900 responses from a wide cross-section of Fayetteville residents, including home owners and renters, university students and longtime residents.

This Speak Up page offers an interactive Q&A feature. If you have questions or comments about the update, please post them here. You will need to enter your email address and a screen name to post your question. If you are already registered on Speak Up Fayetteville, please provide your password as your "screen name."

A draft of the City Plan 2040 document will receive a public hearing on November 19, 2019.

Additional information can be found on the City of Fayetteville's webpage.


In 2018, the City Council passed Resolution 50-18 supporting an update to the 2030 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (City Plan). The next version, City Plan 2040, will include updates to all six of the stated goals of the 2030 version, but places emphasis on the subjects of Housing and Infill as areas of particular interest and concern to City residents.

Fayetteville is growing rapidly, and with the population of Washington County forecast to reach more than 500,000 by 2050 (from approximately 240,000 today), the city will continue to grow. To accommodate this growth, the City is looking at ways we can encourage the development of additional, affordable housing for new residents while remaining true to our stated goal of limiting suburban sprawl as well as our overarching sustainability objective to become a resource-efficient community with the safest, most affordable, and healthiest built environment possible.



Public Input Opportunities

A public survey requesting input on these areas (which closed at the end of 2018) garnered some 900 responses from a wide cross-section of Fayetteville residents, including home owners and renters, university students and longtime residents.

This Speak Up page offers an interactive Q&A feature. If you have questions or comments about the update, please post them here. You will need to enter your email address and a screen name to post your question. If you are already registered on Speak Up Fayetteville, please provide your password as your "screen name."

A draft of the City Plan 2040 document will receive a public hearing on November 19, 2019.

Additional information can be found on the City of Fayetteville's webpage.


Please use this forum to ask any questions you may have regarding updates to City Plan 2040. Fayetteville city planners will respond as quickly as possible.  

You may also browse through previous residents' questions to see if answers have already been provided.  Information is also available on the City of Fayetteville's website.

City Plan 2040 Q&A

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  • What would you say are the three main differences between City Plan 2030 and City Plan 2040

    9/16/18 Session Input asked about 1 month ago

    It is difficult to nail down the three main differences to between City Plan 2030 and 2040. For the update of the existing plan, City Council tasked staff with addressing resident concerns about the amount of development that has occurred in the last ten years through the lens of two City Plan goals: We will make appropriate infill and revitalization our highest priority and we will create opportunities for attainable housing.

    This was taken in two pieces. First, staff created tools for improving the appropriateness of infill development, including a map that objectively scores infill by proximity to schools, fire departments, parks, and infrastructure. Staff recommends this be combined with several action steps like the amendment of existing ordinances to require new development in neighborhoods to be contextually-sensitive and limit impact on community character. To address the Council and residents’ second major concern, housing, staff is proposing specific objectives including the reduction of housing construction costs, the establishment of partnerships with non-governmental entities to provide workforce housing, and increasing housing choices by encouraging a mixture of housing types and sizes dispersed throughout the City.

    As an update, changes were largely focused on these two topics, but other revisions were made, including updating demographic information and the document’s format, along with including the City’s new Master Street Plan map and street designs.”