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1928 Comprehensive Plan


After writing the City's first comprehensive plan for the Women's Civic Betterment Club in 1907, landscape architect turned city planner John Nolen returned in 1928 to write the City's second comprehensive plan. As was expected, Nolen had matured greatly as a city planner in the 21 years between the plans, having written a number of other plans around the country. The plan was more detailed and tactical than the first, and reflected the City's position as the focal point of a growing region.

The 1928 Roanoke Comprehensive Plan was awarded by the National Planning Association in 1997 as an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) National Planning Landmark.

Download the 1928 Comprehensive Plan below:

John Nolen 1928 Comprehensive Plan (File size:11 MB.)

Map of Roanoke, VA and Environs 1928 (File size: 3 MB)