The Bentonville Community Plan will create a blueprint for the future – a new vision that will guide the City in its decision making for the next 10-20 years.

What is a Community Plan?

The Bentonville Community Plan will serve as the City’s official guide for land use and development over the next 10-20 years. It will be Bentonville’s “road map,” detailing a long-term vision and policy agenda for important issues like land use, housing, parks, infrastructure, transportation, and more. Ultimately, the Plan will answer: “what should Bentonville look like in 10-20 years and how do we get there?”

What are the contents of a Community Plan?

A Community Plan outlines the existing conditions of the City, establishes its realistic expectations for growth, describes future goals and objectives for development, and includes an action plan on how to achieve these goals and objectives. The Bentonville Community Plan will include City-wide plans for land use and development; transportation and mobility; parks, open space and environmental features; public facilities and infrastructure; sustainability; image, tourism, and culture; and an implementation strategy. The Community Plan will also include more specific recommendations for five key areas of the City. These will be determined as the planning process unfolds.

Who is involved in creating the Community Plan?

The new Community Plan will be locally-driven, and its vision and policy recommendations will be grounded in extensive public outreach. Over the course of the next year, residents and stakeholders will have numerous opportunities to participate both in-person and online. Ultimately, the Community Plan will be approved by the City’s Planning Commission and City Council.

We already have other plans. What will happen to those?

Existing plans are an important part of the Community Plan process. These Plans will inform the Community Plan, and in some cases will be incorporated into the plan if the goals and vision are still consistent with the community’s aspirations.

When will the Plan start and when will it be completed?

The initial planning phases began in July 2015, with anticipated project completion in Fall 2016.

How can I get involved in the process?

It is important to get involved in all the Community Plan activities, from data collection, to community visioning and mapping, to creation of community goals and objectives. The Get Involved page of this website describes all the opportunities available to give your input, including public meetings, online surveys and questionnaires, and an interactive mapping tool. The News & Updates page will list meeting dates and times throughout the process as they are scheduled. Finally, materials from meetings and more information detailing the Community Plan process can be found on the Documents page.